THOMPSON -- Some called it a prelude to tomorrow's final.
But there will be a number of others with revenge on their minds before those curling cards can fall into place.
Fort Rouge's top-ranked Janet Harvey needed to make a half-hit-and-stick to nip St. Vital's fourth-seeded Kristy Jenion 7-6 in a key game of the Scott Tournament of Hearts provincial women's championship at C.A. Nesbitt Arena yesterday.
With the victory, Harvey clinched top spot in her pool with a 5-1 record and a berth in the 1-vs.-1 Page playoff match because both Jenion and Brandon's Lois Fowler fell into a five-way tie for second at 3-3.
"I knew we had to win our game," Harvey said. "You always want to have destiny in your own hands, so we're really happy with that."
And the skipper made amends for personally blowing Thursday night's game to Stonewall's Rhonda Varnes when she made her last shot.
"I had to hit about a quarter of it with lots of weight because they were shot," explained Harvey, supported by third Jill Thurston, second Cherie-Ann Loder and Carey Burgess. "So I couldn't jam it, I couldn't nose it. I had to at least pick it out of there, and I knew if I hit enough of it, we'd get the deuce.
"You always like to make your shots as a skip to win games. Maybe coming off (Thursday) night's loss when I completely blew it in the 10th end (was motivation). My team played great, I just threw a really bad shot in the 10th end. To come out (yesterday) and actually win one for them was nice."
But the loss just seemed to fuel Jenion.
"That was a disappointing one to lose, definitely," said last year's finalist. "I definitely played one of my best games of the year, actually. But that's OK. She had to make a really good shot to win, because if she had curled up any more, she would have jammed us back and we would have won. So it was very close.
"It's good to play a game that well. I felt I was getting into a zone out there, so maybe I can carry it on into the playoffs and tie-breakers and whatever else comes along."
Jenion finishes up the round robin against Fort Rouge's Darcy Robertson this morning. Robertson improved to 3-3 by beating Fowler 8-5.
"It is disappointing, but we're still not out of it, apparently," said Fowler, who faces Harvey this morning. "She'd better look out, because we were 6-0 playing her last year and she beat us and knocked us (on her way to) three losses. So we're going to be firing (this) morning, there's no question."
Harvey just wants to keep on trucking.
"We've got to keep the momentum going," said the two-time provincial champ. "We need to do that for (this) morning's game and take that right through."
Both Thompson's Debbie Cripps and St. Vital's Marlene Lang also upped their records to 3-3, which could lead to a number of tie-breakers today -- depending on this morning's results.
"This is my first time skipping at the Scott, plus curling in front of a hometown crowd, you really want to do well," said Cripps, who plays Lang today. "We kind of put pressure on ourselves, and it's a learning experience. But I think we're getting over the nerves and we'll just kind of build on the momentum.
"I was hoping that we'd at least put some wins on the board and have a respectable showing for the hometown. I was hoping we could win at least three games. So, now I've reached that goal and we're going to a little harder and try to get four."
The Cripps squad has indeed already earned respect.