Jones wins laugher

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:45 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- Jill Officer came bounding off the ice after Team Canada had just posted its biggest blowout at the Scott Tournament of Hearts and was asked where that game had been all week.

"That's a stumper, I don't know," responded the Canada second. "I think we're tough when we get into playoffs. And this is playoffs. We got our backs against the wall and we can't afford to lose a game. We got a win out there, we got fired up and we played our game. Obviously, it worked for us."

Canada's Jennifer Jones clobbered Quebec upstart Eve Belisle 10-4 in the Page playoff three-four match before 5,657 spectators at the John Labatt Centre last night.

"You don't want to pull those out at the beginning of the week because you might not have them at the end of the week when you really need them," Officer said. "So, our goal was to make playoffs. Now, we're in and we're fired up."

Jones shot 88% as she cracked a three in the first end, then coasted to victory. So, the defending champ has been toying with us all week?

"You got it," she joked. "We've been struggling a little bit with the rocks and where to put the broom and we really like this set. We're happy with it and confident going in and they reacted the way we thought they would. It showed in our play. Instead of rubbing on guards, we were just getting by and that made the difference (last night)."

Jones will also get rocks she likes when her foursome faces Nova Scotia's Colleen Jones in the noon semifinal today.

"They're a great team and we love playing great teams," Jennifer Jones said. "It's going to be a great game and it will likely come down to last end, last rock. And that's just the way we like it."

Colleen Jones will have to get by the other Jones if she wants to win the Scott 25 years after she won the first one.

"Jennifer's team's got a lot of experience and they play hard every single end," said the six-time Canadian champ. "You certainly can't take an end off. You know there's going to be a lot of rocks in play and you've got to be there to make your shots. You can't ever let just one slip away or you're going to pay big with it."

Nova Scotia clipped Canada 7-6 in the round robin and had also downed Jones at the Olympic trials.

"Absolutely, we owe her one," Officer said.

Jennifer Jones was asked if playing so well last night will boost her confidence today.

"It's funny because the stats showed that I was struggling but I felt really good out there," she said. "I must have rubbed about 20 guards. If we get them by, it's a different story.

"All in all, we've been playing with a lot of confidence. We're feeling good out there and (last night), it showed."

Belisle, 26, had been one of the surprises in her Scott debut.

"It's too bad that it happens in the quarters at the Scott but we have games like that all the time," said Belisle, who had blasted Newfoundland's Heather Strong 8-2 in a morning tie-breaker. "We really enjoyed it, we just want to get back here next year. It's been incredible. The crowd, everything, it's amazing."

And Jones would like to repeat as Canadian champion.

"It's been incredible and something I would like to do again in my lifetime because it's an experience of a lifetime," she said.

And if she continues to curl like that, it could happen as soon as tomorrow.


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