'Rough day' burns Hanna

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

ST. JOHN'S -- Jenn Hanna walked off the ice at Mile One Stadium last night and summarized her day as quickly and directly as possible. "It was a rough day," she said after getting waxed in both games at the Scott Tournament of Hearts -- a 9-2 trouncing at the hands of Manitoba's Jennifer Jones last night and a 8-2 blowout against Newfoundland's Heather Strong in the morning.

"It was just one of those days, and it happens to everybody," said the Ottawa Curling Club skip, who has experienced the highs and lows of this tournament just two days in.

She opened the event on Saturday by winning a two-year lease on a minivan during the Ford Hot Shots skills competition, then beat defending world champion Colleen Jones in her opening game.

But the momentum came to a sudden halt yesterday.

In the morning, she shook hands with Strong after throwing heavy on a draw in the eighth, giving Newfoundland a steal of four.

On the previous shot, Strong made a difficult takeout to eliminate an Ontario counter. Fans in the stands cheered loudly and continued to make noise while Hanna attempted her final shot.

Hanna said later that the noise affected her delivery, but she shouldn't have allowed that to happen.

"I stood in the hack and tried to wait it out, but it didn't quite work," she said. "My slide was good, I just gave it a little too much at the end."

The fans roared when Hanna's rock slid too far, once again going against the unwritten curling code that frowns upon the cheering of missed shots.

"There will be other games where people are cheering against us," said Hanna. "That's what happens when you're in an arena."

In the evening game, the Manitoba team went on the attack early, building a 4-1 lead after three ends by scoring deuces with the hammer in the first and third.

Jones stole a point in the fourth and got another steal of two in the fifth after Ontario lead Stephanie Hanna, the skip's younger sister, made contact with a guard in front of the rings.

Her sister had completed a raise that would have scored a point, but Stephanie Hanna immediately admitted her broom hit the guard.

STONE REMOVED

After a brief discussion, Jones opted to disqualify Hanna's shot.

Under curling rules, the non-offending team in a burned-rock situation can allow the shot or have it removed.

"A rule's a rule and none of us have a problem with that," said Jenn Hanna. "That's the way it goes and that's the way the game's played. Steph made a mistake and it happens. At least it wasn't on the last shot of a game that really counts for something at the end of the week."

A TV replay of the shot showed no evidence the moved stone would have affected the outcome of the shot, but Hanna's team had no access to the video.

Jones said Hanna's shot was tight to the guard.

"She said she moved it and it was a hard call to make. We thought she was going to rub," said Jones. "I hate when stuff like that happens. I don't feel comfortable with it."

The burned rock was a perfect example of how the day went for Hanna's crew.

"I can't say that I'm that surprised that something like that, if it was going to happen this week, it would happen (yesterday)," she said.

Now Hanna can use the memory of winning the Ontario championship after a 1-4 start to try to get her and the team out of its slump.

She meets Brenda Nicholls of Quebec this morning and Kerry Koe of the Territories in the evening draw.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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