Jones rink expected to remain intact until 2013 trials
By CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency
|Manitoba skip Jennifer Jones (right) celebrates with third Kaitlyn Lawes defeating Quebec to win the bronze medal at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Red Deer, Alta., Feb. 26, 2012. (TODD KOROL/Reuters)
RED DEER, ALTA. - Jennifer Jones put to rest the notion that Sunday’s bronze-medal game would been the last she’d play with her current crew.
There had been rumours that this Scotties would be her last wearing the Manitoba Buffalo due to a variety of off-ice circumstances.
Jones spends much of her professional life on the road in Montreal and Toronto as well as in Winnipeg.
“I haven’t asked them,” said Jones, when asked if there was any doubt in her mind that her team would still be together for next season.
“In my mind, there’s no doubt,” said Jones. “I just think they’re terrific teammates, terrific human beings and amazing players. The plan is to play to the Trials.
“I don’t know if everybody else would like to, but I can’t speak for them.”
Jones plans to wrap up the cashspiel season at Bear Mountain in Victoria and the Players Championship at Summerside, P.E.I.
“We’ll kinda just end the season we normally do and hope we have a good Players Championship,” said Jones. “That’s always one of the most fun events to play. We’re really excited for it.”
Jones wrapped up her Scotties week with an 8-6 win over Quebec’s Marie-France Larouche in a bronze-medal game she was less than enthusiastic about.
After strugging in both playoff starts, third Kaitlyn Lawes found her game, shooting her week-best 95%.
Jones takes home $12,000 third-place money and the team gets rings with an emerald stone.
“We really do love to play,” said Jones, who could not parlay her 9-2 round-robin finish and dropped both the 1-2 and the semifinal games.
“We came out and played a great round robin. We were a little flat in the playoff and were a bit disappointed. We came out this morning, gave it our best shot and got the W.”
Jones has been unable to get back in the winner’s circle, losing last year’s final and this year’s semi, since bringing in Lawes to replace Cathy Overton-Clapham.
“It’s not the end of the world,” said Jones. “It’s a sport. Anything can happen on any given day. We lost by a couple of centimetres. That’s the way it is.
“I’m really happy with the way we’ve played all year. We’ve had a lot of different personnel, a lot of different lineups. We’re disappointed, obviously, but hopefully we’ll come out and play well in the Players.”