Jones leaves Hanna stone cold

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

ST. JOHN'S -- Jenn Hanna left a shot that Jennifer Jones considers her "bread and butter."

And Jones nailed it on her final stone of the 10th end to complete one of the greatest pressure shots in curling history.

The Manitoba skip's winning shot that scored her four points in an 8-6 victory in the Scott final yesterday was reminiscent of Sandra Schmirler's wick that helped her win in the final of the Olympic trials in 1997, and Al Hackner's triple takeout that helped his Northern Ontario juggernaut win the 1982 Brier.

"You won't see a better shot," CBC curling analyst Mike Harris said.

"If you talk about a Kevin Martin or a Wayne Middaugh, they make (that shot) maybe about half the time and that's without the pressure."

Jones battled a cold all week and could hardly breathe in the moments following her circus shot.

"You dream of always making a shot like that to win," said Jones.

The Manitoba skip had trouble all day with her draw weight, and missed twice on final low-weight shots resulting in stolen ends for Hanna's rink.

ROUGH OUTING OVERALL

"I couldn't make a draw to save my life," said Jones.

The Manitoba team took a page out of Hanna's book by fighting back when it was on the ropes.

The foursome looked to be down and out in the later ends but refused to give in.

"I didn't play very good throughout the game, but I made the last one," said Jones. "The girls hung in with me and I made the last one that counted.

"We have a lot of heart and we never gave up."

Asked to describe her feeling about the championship, Jones could barely speak.

"This is something I've dreamed about forever and it is a dream come true," she said. "It really is ... and I can't believe it."


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