DeRiviere tears open Scotties, beating Cathy O

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:47 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The local curling world was stunned.

But the stunner wasn’t.

Miami’s Lisa DeRiviere upset defending Manitoba champion Cathy Overton-Clapham 7-6 in their opening game of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts at the PCU Centre in Portage la Prairie on Wednesday afternoon.

DeRiviere cracked a deuce in the 10th end to pull out the victory over the Fort Rouge foursome.

“It feels really good just to get ourselves off on the right foot in this bonspiel,” DeRiviere said from Portage shortly after the win over the Scotties’ second-seeded team.

“People are going to be so much more excited than we are. We’ve beaten the top teams before and we had the confidence that we could do it.”

DeRiviere, in fact, beat both Assiniboine Memorial’s Janet Harvey, the No. 5 seed in Portage, and Granite’s Jill Thurston, another former Manitoba champ, in the championship round of the Dekalb SuperSpiel in November, before bowing out to Fort Rouge’s Barb Spencer 4-2 in the final. Morden’s Chelsea Carey and Overton-Clapham lost to other teams in that championship round.

DeRiviere’s foursome of third Jolene Rutter, second Heather Pierson and Alicia Pierson not only pocketed $4,800, but it got familiar with Manitoba’s top teams. They certainly weren’t intimidated by playing a legend like Overton-Clapham at the get-go.

“This is my fourth year of playing women’s, but my first as a skip,” said DeRiviere, who skipped some talented teams in junior. “I really like it now.”

DeRiviere, 24, played for Holly Scott three years ago, but Scott has since moved to Edmonton, and Karen Fallis two years ago.

“At the start of the year, Jolene and I didn’t have a team so, we decided to form one of our own,” said DeRiviere, who lost 10-1 to the third-seeded Carey on the late draw Wednesday night.

Carey beat Brandon’s Liza Park 6-2 on the early draw.

Overton-Clapham managed to bounce back in the evening draw, edging Park 5-4 to even her record at 1-1.

In another upset, Dauphin’s Lisa Menard defeated Assiniboine Memorial’s Michelle Montford 8-7; and in a mild surprise, East St. Paul’s Kim Link rebounded from a 5-2 deficit to clip fifth-seeded Harvey 8-7.

Meanwhile, St. Vital’s top-seeded Jennifer Jones won both her games to move into a four-way tie with Fort Rouge’s Darcy Robertson, Spencer and Thurston at 2-0.

It was a strange day for Robertson, who opened the day by cracking a pair of five-enders to overwhelm Lori Forbes of The Pas 14-0 in just five ends. Then, Robertson cracked a four in the sixth end to tie Stonewall’s Kelsey Boettcher 4-4, and pulled off a 7-5 victory on the afternoon draw.

Play continues with draws on Thursday at 8:15 a.m., 12:15, 4 and 7:45 p.m.

BITERS: Raunora Westcott, who plays lead for Spencer, has a chance to become the first to win three consecutive championships for three different teams this week. She won with Thurston two years ago and Overton-Clapham last year. Patti Vande once won three straight for three different skips but one of those teams was essentially the same … The CCA has awarded the 2014 Canadian Senior Men’s and Women’s Championships to Yellowknife, NWT, its first.


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