WINNIPEG - The kids from Stonewall faced a mighty giant of women’s curling in battle and did not flinch.
The stones they threw were true as Kelsey Boettcher knocked off St. Vital’s four-time Canadian champion Jennifer Jones 7-6 in a Scotties Tournament of Hearts contest at the PU Centre in Portage la Prairie on Thursday.
“It feels great,” Boettcher said from Portage. “We went in thinking we had nothing to lose, and it worked out.”
Boettcher stole the winning point in the 10th end when a Jones draw attempt skated too far.
“I can’t describe the feeling,” Boettcher said. “You feel bad that you’re happy that she missed, but we were trying to make her miss.”
It has actually been quite the week for Boettcher as she also upset Fort Rouge’s Darcy Robertson on Wednesday.
“And we lost on last rock to (Granite’s Jill) Thurston,” said Boettcher, 22, supported by third Sam Murata, 27, second Brandi Oliver and Lindsay Baldock, both 21. “It has been a really good week for us, and we have been working hard.”
Boettcher improved to 2-2.
“We were ranked 10th coming in, so we went into the week thinking we didn’t have anything to lose,” said the data analyst for the Winnipeg Police.
Boettcher, who played third for former Manitoba junior champion Calleen Neufeld last year, just formed this foursome this season, and added Karen Fallis as their fifth.
“She gives us lots of tips on strategy and stuff,” Boettcher said.
Jones dropped into a third-place tie in their pool with Robertson at 3-1. Robertson beat Brandon’s Kelsey Russill 8-5
Fort Rouge’s fourth-seeded Barb Spencer and Thurston, No. 6, are tied for first in the pool at 4-0. Spencer spanked Lori Forbes of The Pas 10-0 while Thurston downed Terry Ursel of Plumas 9-6.
Earlier, Miami’s Lisa DeRiviere came up with her second major upset of the week, and in convincing fashion. DeRiviere’s unheralded young squad — which had knocked off defending Manitoba champion Cathy Overton-Clapham on opening day — surprised Assiniboine Memorial’s former provincial champion Janet Harvey 6-2.
DeRiviere improved to 2-1 and a second-place tie with Fort Rouge’s Overton-Clapham and Assiniboine Memorial’s Michelle Montford.
Overton-Clapham defeated Dauphin’s Lisa Menard 8-1 and Montford beat Brandon’s Liza Park 10-4.
Morden’s Chelsea Carey, the No. 3 seed, defeated East St. Paul’s Kim Link 9-3 to take sole possession of top spot in her pool at 3-0 heading into the late draw.
There will be some other key match-ups on Friday. Carey plays Harvey in the morning, then challenges Overton-Clapham in the afternoon. After facing Thurston, Spencer takes on Jones in the evening. Montford will challenge ‘Cathy O’ in the morning, and Harvey in the afternoon.
BITER: Third Maureen Bonar, who has skipped two Brandon teams to the Manitoba title in the 1990s, has moved up to throw the last brick for Link, who is recovering from knee problems. Link is throwing second stones … Elsewhere, the Grand Slammers have been told that discussions with Sportsnet to replace CBC will continue, but there will be no TV coverage of this week’s Slam.