February 20, 2012
B.C. not bugged by flu
By Con Griwkowsky, QMI Agency
Even before this Scotties started, there was enough reason to believe B.C.’s Kelly Scott’s foursome would be unable to compete at the elite level.
Scott moved Sasha Carter to third when regular third Jeanna Schraeder was going through her pregnancy.
And Scott had a much younger front end than when the Kelowna skip won back-to-back Scotties titles in 2006-07.
But here they are, leading this Scotties despite yet another curve ball being thrown at them Monday morning.
Scott’s roommate Carter was sick with a flu that’s affecting the entire entourage, families included.
Regular second Dailene Sivertson stepped in at third and fifth Sherry Fraser took over at second as B.C. continued its unbeaten streak win a 7-5 win over previously unbeaten Amber Holland and Team Canada.
“We thought it was food poisoning, so I wasn’t really worried about catching anything,” said Scott. “My 31/2-year-old son and my husband were sick all night as well, so there’s something going around. They didn’t show up today and that’s why.”
Nobody is sure about the nature of the B.C. flu, other than it’s pretty intense.
“I really don’t know what’s going on,” said Scott, who said the absence had nothing to do with Carter’s pregnancy. “We were just thinking, ‘Let Sasha have a good day’s rest, get some food into her belly and be good to go.’ ”
Considering Kelly’s crew was 4-0 heading into Monday night’s draw, it would be a shame if the flu bug affected the outcome.
The good news is that the team has already dealt with lineup management.
“We have shuffled the lineup and worked on various communications throughout parts of this season,” said Scott. “Maybe it wasn’t lost — all that shuffling. We had to figure out who played what roles with different lineups.”
Sivertson, the former B.C. junior champ, has played third during the Tour season and did not look out of place, although it would be tough to be as compatible as Carter.
“Probably bringing any new third is an adjustment period for anyone,” said Scott. “For her being fresh out of juniors, there’s a bigger adjustment period and a learning curve. She’s settled in really well at second. She loves being in the house still, calling shots.”
Scott believes she’s needed a bit of luck to be the front-runner.
“I guess we’re out front in the standings, but we’re squeaking out the games,” said Scott. “We still have to keep playing sharp, but all credit to the team for staying tough. We’re not being too sloppy out there and we’re capping off the games with wins.
“We know it’s kind of touch-and-go. Either one of those games could have gone either way, so we’re thanking the curling gods right now.”
There’s no disputing it was a gutsy call by Holland to go for the win instead of the tie.
“It was there, it just needed to come up a hair and we could have got our deuce,” said Holland. “I could have drawn for one, go to the extra and give Kelly hammer, but it was there.
“It was kind of a frustrating. I wasn’t as comfortable putting the broom down, especially for me. I was having trouble with my draws and you’re second-guessing a bit.”
Scott said she probably would have done the same thing.
“I think the double was there, the win was there and she was a millimetre away from making it,” said Scott. “I don’t question that call at all. It was pretty juicy.”