Quebec skip on rebound

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

ST. JOHN'S -- Quebec skip Brenda Nicholls rebounded from a tough loss against Jenn Hanna by beating Kerry Koe of the Territories during yesterday's afternoon draw.

It was the first win in five games for the team based in Ste-Foy, Que.

If any team is the tough-luck squad of this tournament, Quebec is it.

They lost three straight games by one point before getting into the win column.

"We're not giving up. We're playing well. So far, all our games have been very good," said Nicholls following the loss to Hanna.

"If we keep on playing like that, the luck will come too and then here we go, we'll be off."

Quebec has not won the Canadian women's championship since 1975.

A CLUB FOR GATINEAU? Team Ontario spare Joelle Sabourin is working on a planning project to build a six-sheet curling facility in Gatineau.

No curling club exists in Aylmer, Hull or Gatineau. The nearest in Quebec to the urban core of Gatineau is located in Buckingham, 35 km east of downtown Hull.

Sabourin lives in Aylmer but plays out of the Ottawa Curling Club in Centretown.

She said construction of a club would cost $2-million and believes it would benefit the community.

Sabourin and others lobbying for the club held a bonspiel for representatives of the Gatineau municipality recently, including mayor Yves Ducharme.

FRIENDS AND FOES: Territories second Kelli Sharpe is from St. John's and once curled for Newfoundland champ Heather Strong. The Territories and Newfoundland face each other during this morning's draw, which will feature an interesting rivalry. Sharp is getting married in August, and Newfoundland second Beth Hamilton is in the wedding party.

HEART BEATS: Territories lead Heather McCagg-Nystrom was born in Ottawa but left the city when her family moved to the Northwest Territories when she was two ... Ontario has not won the Scott since 1996, when Marilyn Bodogh took the title in Vancouver ... The press box at Mile One Stadium is named the Bob Cole Media Centre. Cole, the main play-by-play voice on Hockey Night in Canada, is from St. John's and curled for Newfoundland at the Brier in 1971 and 1975.


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