Cathy O not rushing towards revenge

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:59 PM ET

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - The Wednesday night grudge match between marquee curlers Jennifer Jones and Cathy O might be missing one key ingredient.

The marquee part.

Four losses in five games by Overton-Clapham have threatened to render the game against her former skip meaningless for her, at least in the standings.

"We're going to have to worry about Tuesday before we worry about Wednesday," Overton-Clapham said after a 7-6 loss to Quebec Monday.

The Manitoba skip probably can't afford another loss.

And being eliminated early could take some of the shine off one of the most anticipated matchups the game has ever seen.

When Overton-Clapham won the Manitoba title, she earned a chance to get revenge for Jones dumping her from Team Canada last year.

Jones had said her team, the three-time defending national champion, was going "stale," while Overton-Clapham said she felt "blindsided," and should have at least been consulted.

Overton-Clapham enjoyed an outpouring of support from fans and fellow players, some of whom say Wednesday's game remains as compelling as ever -- for the "grudge" part of it.

"I mean, come on - all of Canada is interested," Territories skip Kerry Galusha said. "Even I'm waiting for it. The drama of it all overshadowed a lot of the other teams coming here."

Galusha is friends with players on both sides, but isn't taking sides on the split.

"It must have been a hard decision," she said. "I feel so bad for Cathy. I'm sure she has a bit of sweet revenge on them (in mind)."

Jones isn't counting out her former third.

"You feel bad. It's just not working out well for them," she said. "I would still expect them to be there at the end of the week. They're fighters."


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