Jones qualifies for 2013 trials

Jennifer Jones (ANDY CLARK/REUTERS)

Jennifer Jones (ANDY CLARK/REUTERS)

Jim Bender, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:43 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Manitoba's Jennifer Jones just became the first to qualify for the 2013 Canadian Curling Trials in Winnipeg.

Jones overwhelmed fellow Manitoban Chelsea Carey 9-4 in the women's final of the Canada Cup in Cranbrook, B.C., on Sunday.

"We weren't really looking that far ahead but, now that we're in, it's great," Jones said from Cranbrook shortly after the victory. "It's going to be amazing. To play in Winnipeg at the trials will be a great experience, and I've never played at the MTS Centre."

Jones qualified despite playing without regular second, Jill Officer, who is due to give birth to her first baby any day now. Joelle Sabourin has been playing second for Jones most of the season, with regular fifth, Jennifer Clarke-Rouire, sometimes filling in.

"Both Jo and Jenn have been super spares extraordinaire," said Jones, adding that Officer will be playing second at the trials along with lead Dwan Askin and Kaitlyn Lawes.

Jones also earned $26,000, a spot in the 2013 Continental Cup and will return to the Canada Cup as the defending champ next year.

Supported by third Kristy McDonald, second Kristen Foster and Lindsay Titheridge, Carey pocketed $16,000 and earned valuable CTRS points. The next team to get a trials spot will be the top CTRS points-getter at the end of this season.

Carey had finished first in the round robin with a 5-1 record, but her foursome was obviously nervous in the early going, barely making a shot in the first three ends.

Jones had just squeaked into the playoffs, needing to win her last game to grab third place with a 3-3 record. Then, she bounced Alberta's bronze-medallist Shannon Kleibrink in Saturday's semifinal.

 


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