Rookie Kelly rink early leader

STEVE GREEN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 12:29 PM ET

Two games into her Scott Tournament of Hearts debut and New Brunswick's Andrea Kelly is 2-0.

Not bad for the second-best junior women's curling team in her province.

Last year's Canadian junior champs, Kelly and her rink of Kristen MacDiarmid, Jodie deSolla and Morgan Muise lost their provincial final in December, but rebounded a couple of weeks later to win the women's title.

Now the youngest team at the Canadian women's championship at the John Labatt Centre is leading the pack after a 9-7 win over Tracy Streifel of Saskatchewan last night, sealing the win with a tricky hit in the four-foot through a port.

"I was a little disappointed in myself; I didn't make many of my shots over the last five ends," Kelly said. "But I told myself in the 10th that if nothing else, I was going to make my last two shots."

Defending champion Jennifer Jones is among four teams at 1-0 after an 8-7 second-draw win over Manitoba's Janet Harvey. Jones scored two in the 10th without having to throw her final stone as Harvey's last shot rubbed a guard.

"It wasn't a bad game for my team, but that was probably the worst game I've played in quite a long while," Jones said. "I played the Hot Shots earlier in the day and the ice tonight was 150 per cent different. It curled then but was a lot straighter tonight and I just didn't pick up on it."

Eve Beslisle of Quebec, Colleen Jones of Nova Scotia and Ontario's Krista Scharf are also 1-0. Belisle beat Heather Strong of Newfoundland 9-4 last night while Scharf and Colleen Jones scored first-round wins -- Scharf scoring four in the 11th to beat Kerry Koe of the Territories 13-9 in a wild one and Colleen Jones easily handling Cathy King of Alberta 8-2.

"Maybe in juniors, but not in ladies' play," Scharf replied when asked if she'd been in that unusual a game recently. "It was a little intense, but I'll take it. It was a struggle, though we started out well. But we managed to pull it out at the end and that's what our team's all about."

"It was interesting," Koe said with a wry smile. "We were either missing or making great shots or they were missing or making great shots. I turned around to Krista at one point and said, 'Well, we're giving the fans a show.' "

Colleen Jones scored five points in her win over King in an early matchup of favourites.

"Give me chocolate and I've died and gone to heaven," said Jones, who won the Ford Hot Shots competition. "I thought we played really steady, steady, steady. And though it's the first game, it is a big game. They're a great team and you have a feeling they're going to be there in the end."

Jones lost in a tiebreaker at last year's Hearts in St. John's and then didn't have a good Olympic trials at home in Halifax in December.

"We'd been getting kicked in the teeth, kicked in the teeth and kicked in the teeth, and then at the provincials we lost our first game to Penny Larocque, who's 62, bless her heart. That's when Kim (third Kelly) asked us if we were there to just play or to win."

Kelly Scott of B.C. is at 1-1 along with Saskatchewan; Newfoundland, Manitoba, Alberta and the Territories are 0-1 and Suzanne Gaudet of P.E.I. is 0-2.

In the other second-round game, B.C. doubled P.E.I. 6-3.


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