Cup runneth over?

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

REGINA -- Jill Officer just could not help it.

Immediately after the post-game ceremonies to celebrate their Canadian championship, the Manitoba second was taken away for a drug test.

"I peed all over my hand," she admitted. "I mean, I was still shaking from winning the game and there is someone there watching you pee.

"But don't worry, I washed my hands really, really well."

And no, there is nothing drug-related to worry about, she assured, as the Jennifer Jones squad can prepare for its second trip to the worlds, this time in Vernon, B.C., next month.

They have washed their hands of their last experience at the worlds on straight ice before empty seats in what some have referred to as 'a black hole otherwise known as Paisley, Scotland' in 2005.

"At least we got to go to Paisley," Officer said. "But it's great to have the opportunity to play the worlds in Canada.

"And Cathy's the best curler in the world to have never won a world title and we'd love to win it for her."

Although third Cathy Overton-Clapham missed winning the worlds twice (1995 and 2005), none of these Manitobans have won a world crown, either, in junior or in women's.

"It would certainly be nice to actually win that championship," said Overton-Clapham, who lost the world final when she played third for Connie Laliberte in 1995. "I've been there a few times now and never won that last one. So hopefully we'll play as well as we've been playing here and we get to play next week (at the Canada Cup) so we'll still be on a bit of a roll.

"It's going to be fun. I was actually fortunate to play in Brandon in '95 and it's something I'll never forget. I'm sure they'll put on a fantastic show (in Vernon) and we'll have the Canadian fans behind us."

Just how badly does she want to win it?

"Bad, really bad."

The world crown is also the only achievement missing on Jones's already-impressive resume.

"Playing in any world championship is very much a privilege, but to play in Canada on what we know is going to be great ice is something that we're absolutely excited about," Jones said. "We can't wait. We're absolutely beside ourselves. It's an amazing opportunity. We didn't know if it would ever come around again but it did and we're going to take advantage of it."

Lead Dawn Askin, 27, will be going to the worlds for the first time.

"I can't believe it, it's so exciting," she said. "This is why I curl."

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The Manitobans are the first to get one of four byes into the 2009 Olympic trials because they have won three major events.

If Jones should win the worlds, where she will likely be the prohibitive favourite, earning a trip to the Olympics will then become her last and most important challenge.

"We knew we were in the pre-trials (tournament) so (yesterday) was just all about winning this game," Jones said. "The Olympic trials is a bonus and we're excited that we're in the final four but we just really wanted to win this game."

They did it by capping off an eight-game winning streak after staring the Scotties abyss in the face on what they now call 'Terrible Tuesday.' Two losses that day left them with a 3-4 record, but they ran the table from there.

"That says we're determined, never give up and never lose the belief," Officer said.

"We're a team that perseveres," Jones said. "We knew what we had to do and knew if we played the way we could, we could get some wins under our belts."

And, as we all learned here this week, never bet against this miracle known as Jones.


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