'Brutal' end to Carey’s flawless week

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:46 PM ET

ALTONA — One untimely loss was all it took to sink the fortunes of Chelsea Carey.

After a flawless round-robin record and a triumph in the 1 vs. 1 page playoff game, Carey and her team of Kristy Jenion, Kristen Foster and Lindsay Titheridge was left to think of what might have been after dropping a 7-4 decision to Cathy Overton-Clapham on Sunday afternoon.

“Maybe eventually I’ll be happy with it, but I can’t imagine when that will be. Hopefully I will, but I can’t see it right now,” said Carey. “It’s awful. Going 8-0 and losing in 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.”

A pair of tie-breakers on Saturday pushed the 1 vs. 1 game to Sunday morning and Team Carey kept their hot streak going with a 7-6 victory over Overton-Clapham.

But in the rematch, the Overton-Clapham rink made a few more shots when it mattered most — snapping a five-game, head-to-head losing streak in 2010.

“Cathy’s team is great. By no stretch do I ever mean to take anything away from them,” said Carey. “We’ve played them a whole bunch this year and actually, that’s the first game we lost. Unfortunately, it was the big one.”

The loss continues a run of bad luck in big games for Jenion, who lost the 2005 and 2006 provincials finals at skip.

“We didn’t win. It’s another one lost, what can I say?” said Jenion, who joined Carey in 2010. “We made a few mistakes that cost us. What can you do?”

“I feel bad for all of us,” added Carey. “Lindsay has lost a final as well (in 2007 with Darcy Robertson) and Kristy has lost a bunch. I don’t know if it’s worse for any of us than it is for the rest. Probably a little worse for Kristy, for sure. I really wanted to win this for her and I’m really sad that we didn’t.”

Even a successful run on the cash circuit in their first year together was of little solace on Sunday.

“Provincials is what we play for,” said Carey. “The other stuff is great and that’s more of a long-term thing and that’s a four-year plan and all that.

“It’s just hard to see past right now. That game. Being here and having a chance and not making the best of it.”


Photos