Schedule change negated

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:45 AM ET

THOMPSON -- Because two tiebreaker draws were needed yesterday, all of the Scott Tournament of Hearts playoff matches were delayed until this morning.

But there was a lobby to play the 1-vs.-1 Page playoff between St. Vital's Karen Porritt and Fort Rouge's Janet Harvey at the same time as two of the tiebreakers last night -- instead of having to wait all day, then possibly being forced to play three games today.

"Oh, we wanted to play it (last night), and I'm sure Janet wanted to, too," Porritt said yesterday. "I don't see why we couldn't. We did our jobs (finishing first)."

An MCA spokesman said that, after a lengthy decision, it was decided that the format had already been drawn up, complete with the possible tiebreaker scenarios, and there was no reason to change it.

Harvey, of course, could have avoided the situation had she beaten Brandon's Lois Fowler in her final round-robin match.

The tiebreakers had many of the teams scrambling to change their flights home. For Harvey, it became even more of a nightmare because her foursome needs to get to Kamloops, B.C., in time for a Canada Cup pre-bonspiel team meeting tomorrow.

'GONG SHOW'

"That's why we wanted to win that game, to make it easier on ourselves," said Jill Thurston, Harvey's third. "We don't really know what we're doing because we have to be in Kamloops on Monday. "It's a gong show."

Of course, one wonders why the CCA would even schedule the Canada Cup at such an inconvenient time. Several Saskatchewan teams had already declined to go because it conflicts with their playdowns.

On the bright side, the extra draws boosted revenue for the host committee, which is expected to turn a profit.

BIG STREICH: Fort Rouge's Shauna Streich shellacked clubmate Barb Spencer 11-4 in a tiebreaker at C.A. Nesbitt Arena last night. Streich will face St. Vital's Kristy Jenion in the Page playoff 2-vs.-2 game this morning at 9 o'clock. The winner will advance to today's 1 p.m. semifinal.

"I would say it's some momentum," Streich said. "There's still such a long way to go, but it's nice to be playing on Sunday.

"All of this experience will help us win some day, and hopefully that will be (today)."

Spencer had beaten Streich 7-5 earlier in the day to force the tiebreaker.

Jenion jilted Fowler 7-3 in the other tiebreaker.

"I'm extremely anxious to get back," said Jenion, who lost last year's final to clubmate Jennifer Jones. "But I'm not going to think about it all until I get there."

Fowler beat Harvey 10-7 in an extra end to make it into the tiebreakers, then edged Thompson's Debbie Cripps 5-3 in the first tiebreaker.

"We just weren't as sharp as we've been, but hats off to Kristy. They played well," Fowler said, adding that fatigue plagued some of her players.

The final is at 5 p.m.


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