LONDON, Ont. -- They must be selling a lot of pregnancy-protection devices in Kelowna, B.C., these days.
B.C. skip Kelly Scott issued an edict to her teammates last year: No babies before the Olympic trials. Although Scott's squad then lost the trials final to Alberta's Shannon Kleibrink, they are still awaiting word to, er, hit the sheets.
'Squeeze them in'
"We haven't got the go-ahead just yet," B.C. second Sasha Carter said yesterday. "Hopefully before 2010 (Olympics), though. We've got to squeeze them in there somewhere. But it will be a sign, I think."
Neither Scott nor Kelly have any kids yet, but third Jeanna Schraeder and lead Renee Simons do. And with the focus still on curling sheets rather than the other ones, the transplanted Manitobans moved into a four-way tie for first at the Scott Tournament of Hearts with Team Canada's Jennifer Jones, New Brunswick's Andrea Kelly and Quebec's Eve Belisle at 4-1 yesterday.
"It's nice," Carter said. "You know every game is tough, so it's who can survive the Tuesday, Wednesday grind and see where everything shakes up on Thursday."
But the foursome has obviously rebounded from the sting of losing the trials final.
"It was tough probably the first week of the Olympics," admitted Carter, 31. "Just watching everything and going, 'Oh, that would be fun.' But it's good that we have this."
Scott beat Nova Scotia's Colleen Jones 7-6 and Newfoundland's Heather Strong 11-6 at the John Labatt Centre yesterday.
"We are kind of getting into our groove now and playing with a lot more confidence than we started with," said Scott, 28.
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Kelly clipped Alberta's Cathy King 7-6 and Manitoba's Janet Harvey 7-4 to join Scott in the Hearts penthouse.
"We didn't really know what to expect," said Kelly, 20. "We didn't think we would be 4-1, but we didn't think anything different. So, it's just nice to be here right now."
With third Kristen MacDiarmid, 19, second Jodie deSolla, 20, and Morgan Muise, 20, the fab Fredericton foursome may be the youngest squad to ever compete at the Scott. And they have astounded everyone but themselves.
"We don't have a lot of expectations," said Kelly, who won the national junior crown last year. "We do have an ultimate goal, but we just really want to go out there every game and have a good game. We were able to capitalize on mistakes, and we just have to carry that confidence and momentum into our next few games."
Nova Scotia's Colleen Jones, who lost both her games yesterday, fell into a tie for fifth with Alberta's Cathy King at 3-2.