Quebec rookies showing no fear

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:23 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- Quebec's Eve Belisle upped her record to 2-0, then declared her team capable of licking any other woman in this Scott Tournament of Hearts field.

"It's really nice to win our second game," Belisle said after defeating Manitoba's Janet Harvey 8-7 at the John Labatt Centre yesterday afternoon.

"Our expectations were actually pretty high. We were expecting to make the playoffs. I know we can beat every team out here, it's just a matter of proving it. We'll see how the week ends up, but so far we're good."

So, what makes the Scott rookie believe she can take on all comers here?

"We've done it before," claimed Belisle, 26. "We've played in some bonspiels on the women's curling tour and beat some great teams. (Newfoundland's) Heather (Strong), we've beaten her before, and we know she can beat everyone.

"If we play like we can, I know we can beat everyone. It's the same for everyone out here. It's just a matter of proving it this week."

Belisle then dropped a 6-5 decision to Team Canada's Jennifer Jones last night.

Tied for second

"Our goal was to win one of two, but it's too bad we couldn't win all three games," Belisle said. "I feel like we can still play better."

Belisle and Jones are tied for second with B.C.'s Kelly Scott, Alberta's Cathy King and N.B.'s Andrea Kelly at 2-1. Nova Scotia's Colleen Jones is atop the standings at 3-0 after escaping with an 8-7 extra-end victory over Ontario's Krista Scharf after Scharf's last-rock draw sailed through the house.

"We got a little bit of a break there," Jones admitted. "But we hung in there, and sometimes that's what happens."

PINING: Newfoundland third Shelley Nichols is longing to see her brother, Mark, who won an Olympic gold medal at third for Newfoundland's Brad Gushue.

"I haven't seen him in over a month, and of course my parents are over in Europe, so it's a little different not having them here," said Nichols, 23. "Coming out of juniors, they were always there for me, but I understand, too. There's something bigger going on over there. So it's OK."

Actually, her dad and stepmom are in Italy, but her mother is expected here today.

But she is missing all those Olympic parties on George Street back home.

"Oh yeah, of course, but they'll still be going on when I get home," Nichols said. "Nobody's ever going to forget about it, and they're just going to be partying all the time."


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