Heartbreakers

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

Jenn Hanna accomplished something special during last month's Ontario women's curling championship. Some considered it the impossible.

The Ottawa Curling Club skip began the tournament with one victory in her first five games.

Nobody thought her team would have a chance to win the title after such a horrible start.

But she and her teammates recovered to win their last four games of the round-robin, got into the playoffs and put together four more victories to capture the title at the Rideau Curling Club.

"I'll be honest. The fact that we won it that way, I wouldn't have wanted it to happen any other way," said Hanna during a break from practice earlier this week.

"I think it was so cool that we were 1-4 and basically out of it," she said. "We won all those games in a row, I find that just incredible."

TEST TIME

Now comes the biggest test of all for the team -- the Scott Tournament of Hearts national championship that begins tomorrow in St. John's.

There, Hanna, along with Pascale Letendre, Dawn Askin, Stephanie Hanna, the skip's younger sister, and spare player Joelle Sabourin, will compete against the best women's teams in the country.

Fresh in their minds will be the improbable way the team of twentysomethings captured the Ontario title.

"What I really admire about my teammates is they dug so deep," said Hanna. "I think the one thing that set us apart from the other teams that made the playoffs was we really wanted it. I'm sure (the other teams) wanted to be there too, but we played like each one of those games was our last game and we put everything out there.

"I'm so proud of the girls for that. For sure, that helps us going into the Scott."

Winning the 12-team national championship would give the Hanna foursome a spot at next month's world tournament in Scotland.

On the opposite page, we take a closer look at Hanna and her teammates as they begin their quest for glory.


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