Jones not losing any sleep over anticipated match

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:42 PM ET

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — And on the fifth day, they played.

It’s finally here, the Jennifer Jones/Cathy O showdown everybody’s been waiting for.

It’s either curling’s most anticipated cat fight, as fans seem to crave, or a fictional creation by the media, as Jones would have us believe.

“I have not had one person come up to me and say anything negative, outside of the media,” Jones, the Team Canada skip, was saying on the eve of Wednesday night’s game, her first against the woman she fired last April.

Cathy Overton-Clapham, Jones’ third for four national championships before she was “blindsided” by the dismissal, only to regroup and win Manitoba with her own team, comes into the game virtually eliminated from playoff contention.

Revenge, and a salvation of pride, may be the only thing she has left to play for.

“We want to go out and win some games, feel a little bit better,” Overton-Clapham said after loss No. 5, Tuesday.

Jones says all the right things about how she expects her former teammate to play a great game, about how it’s just another game.

“I can honestly say I have not lost any sleep over it,” Jones said. “It’s been good for this event. It’s been talked about a lot... then hopefully we can focus on Thursday.”

Meanwhile, the rest of the curlers at this national championship have been overshadowed by the soap opera and fascinated by it, at the same time.

“I feel for Cathy, because I’ve been in that position where you feel a little bit blindsided, when you get cut from a team,” first-place Saskatchewan’s Amber Holland said. “So it’s probably harder for Cathy than Jenn. It’ll be done and then hopefully we can stop talking about it.”

paul.friesen@sunmedia.ca


Photos