Cathy O skips to Manitoba Scotties win

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:44 PM ET

ALTONA — Cathy Overton-Clapham is going back to the dance.

After getting fired by Jennifer Jones last year in a move that shocked many in the curling world, Overton-Clapham and her Fort Rouge rink of Karen Fallis (who was filling in for Breanne Meakin), Leslie Wilson and Raunona Westcott defeated Chelsea Carey of Morden 7-4 on Sunday night to capture the 2011 Scotties Tournament of Hearts at the Sunflower Gardens in Altona.

Overton-Clapham, who captured the past three Canadian championships as Jones’ third, will be wearing the Buffalo at the national Scotties in Charlottetown, P.E.I. next month and this time she’ll be skipping.

When asked if the seventh title was extra special, Overton-Clapham didn’t hold back.

“Absolutely,” said Overton-Clapham. “I had won the right to play in Charlottetown and one of the best Scotties I ever played in was in Charlottetown. It’s a thrill to go back.”

With the game tied 3-3 after six ends, the tables turned dramatically in the seventh as Overton-Clapham stole a pair.

The game-changing end was set up by two perfect freezes by Fallis, who wouldn’t have even been in the lineup if Meakin wasn’t representing Manitoba at the junior women’s nationals.

Overton-Clapham confirmed that it will be Fallis playing third at nationals and Meakin will be coming along as the fifth.

The front end of Leslie Wilson and Raunora Westcott won for the second consecutive season after capturing the 2010 Scotties with Jill Thurston.

Overton-Clapham certainly did it the hard way.

After losing the 1 vs. 1 page playoff game 7-6 to Carey on Sunday morning, Overton-Clapham bounced back with a 7-3 triumph over Karen Rosser of Springfield in the semi-final to earn another shot at Carey.

Carey went 7-0 in the round robin and had defeated Overton-Clapham in six consecutive games — including Sunday’s 1 vs. 1 page playoff game — but that will serve as little consolation.

“Maybe eventually I’ll be happy with it, but I don’t know when that will be,” said Carey. “It’s awful going 8-0 and losing the final. I can’t think of a worse way to end it.

“It’s brutal, I’m disappointed. I’m devastated. Every bad word I can think of.”

The loss was also tough to swallow for Jenion, who had lost two previous provincial women’s finals as a skip.


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