Jones short on TV time

KEN WIEBE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:38 AM ET

Jennifer Jones is determined not to do things the hard way this time around.

Nobody is suggesting it's going to be an easy coronation for Jones' Team Canada foursome at the 2009 Scotties Championship in Victoria, B.C.

But two short games in you get the feeling a long road filled with tie-breakers -- like the one required to win the Canadian curling crown in 2008 -- won't be necessary.

Heading into last night's late draw against Manitoba's Barb Spencer, Jones was among the undefeated teams, sporting a 2-0 record while playing only 12 ends and outscoring the opposition 18-4.

Jones finished off the weekend with a win over Spencer, 12-5.

After bouncing Alberta's Cheryl Bernard 9-3 in six ends on Saturday night, Jones' St. Vital team came roaring out of the gate yesterday against Nancy McConnery of Nova Scotia.

Holding the hammer in the opening end, Jones cracked a three-ender, then stole two in the second and another in the third to jump out to a 6-0 advantage.

With another steal of two in the sixth, McConnery decided it was time to shake hands.

"You want to be on the ice as much as possible, but the way the games have gone, we've made a lot of big shots when we've had to," Jones said yesterday in a telephone interview from Victoria, B.C. yesterday.

"We don't really ever talk about (strong starts) and never look at the big picture. We've been to a few of these now together and we need what we need to do to be there on the last weekend.

"We're happy with the results so far, but we'll have to get better as the week goes on."

In today's action, Jones takes on New Brunswick's Andrea Kelly and Ontario's Krista McCarville, while Spencer battles Kerry Galusha of Northwest Territories/Yukon and Heather Strong of Newfoundland and Labrador.

In her opening game on Saturday, Spencer tied the game in the 10th end, but gave up one in the 11th to fall 5-4 to McConnery.

Yesterday against Bernard, it was another back-and-forth contest that seemed to sway in the eighth end when Alberta manufactured a steal of one to take the lead.

Spencer scored one in the ninth, but gave up two in the 10th to lose 6-5.

'Stay positive'

When all was said and done, Spencer found herself at 0-2 going into a tough match against Jones.

Although it's still early, Spencer understood a sense of urgency would be required to help get back in the playoff hunt.

"We are just on the wrong side of the inch right now but things can change quickly," said Spencer. "We are just trying to stay positive and play the way we can."

Quebec's Marie-France Larouche (3-0) and B.C.'s Marla Mallett (3-0) are the only other teams that are undefeated.


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