There is a 75% chance the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women’s Curling Champ will be a current, or former Manitoba Champ.
2014 Manitoba Winner Chelsea Carey of Morden guided her Alberta rink to a first place finish atop the standings with a 9-2 record and will meet 2015 Manitoba and Canadian Champion Jennifer Jones on Friday Night at 7:30 p.m. in the 1-2 Page Playoff game.
Jones also finished at 9-2 following an 11-4 rout of BC in the final round robin draw on Friday Morning, but had to settle for second place after losing 12-5 to Carey in last Saturday’s opening draw.
And current Manitoba Champion Kerri Einarson of East St. Paul punched her ticket to the Saturday Afternoon 3-4 playoff with a dramatic 7-6 come from behind win over Sylvie Robichaud of New Brunswick. Einarson navigated a narrow port for a double take out and stay to count 3 in the tenth end for the victory.
Einarson and Northern Ontario’s Krista McCarville will square off in the 3-4 Page Elimination playoff Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Winnipeg time. The Manitoba skip and her crew will be looking avenge a 9-6 loss to the Thunder Bay foursome back on Wednesday Night.
And it’s interesting to note that McCarville’s Dad is from Manitoba and her grand parents still reside in Oak Point. So one way or the other, the Keystone province will have a tie to this year’s Team Canada at the Ford World Championships next month in Swift Current. Saskatchewan.