Defending Ontario women's curling champ Jenn Hanna got off to a winning start at the Scott Tournament of Hearts provincial regional playdowns last night in Kingston.
The Ottawa Curling Club skip downed Deb Karbashewski of Carleton Place 9-2 in the opening draw of the 16-team, double-knockout event which continues through tomorrow at the Royal Kingston Curling Club.
Hanna's victory sets up an interesting showdown this morning against ex-teammate Pascal Letendre, who played vice last year for the defending Ontario champs and national finalists.
Hanna's current vice, Joelle Sabourin, took last year off to have a baby and rejoined the team during the summer.
Meanwhile, Letendre formed her own squad.
Last night, she beat Rideau's Lesle Cafferty 9-5 to advance to this morning's match against her former skip.
In other action, four-time provincial champ Anne Merklinger scored an 8-4 victory over Navan's Diana Favel.
Granite's Ling-Yue Hung lost 8-6 to Colleen Bakyoni of Quinte, who plays Merklinger this morning.
Two teams in the 16-team tournament will advance to the Ontario Scott championships in Fort Frances.
Meanwhile, the men's provincial regionals begin today in Tweed.
Competing from Ottawa: Bryan Cochrane, Greg Richardson, Jeff McCrady and Willie Jeffries.
Two of the eight teams will advance to the Kia Cup provincials next month in Guelph.