Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Brothers Edges Arsenault to Secure Host Province Berth at Scotties Playdowns

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Brothers Edges Arsenault to Secure Host Province Berth at Scotties Playdowns

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Brothers to represent Nova Scotia at Scotties


Jennifer Jones already has her Scotties ticket. Rachel Homan will be in Sydney too.

Now you can lock in big names like Chelsea Carey, Tracy Fleury and Kerri Einarson for the national championship as well after a wild day at provincial playdowns across the country.

"All the right teams are winning," said longtime curling commentator Mike Harris. "I think that's fair to say."

Jill Brothers will be the host team at the Feb. 15-24 Scotties Tournament of Hearts at Centre 200 after a 6-5 win over Mary-Anne Arsenault in the Nova Scotia final on Sunday morning in Dartmouth.

Brothers stole two points in the 10th end to knock out the five-time national champion.

Later on, Fleury outscored Einarson 13-7 to win the Manitoba final at Gimli. Fleury gave up a rare five-ender in the second end but pulled even in the sixth, added a deuce in the eighth and stole three points in the ninth when Einarson missed both of her throws.

Einarson, who sits No. 2 in the Canadian Team Ranking System, settled for a spot in the win-and-you're-in wild-card game before pool play begins at the Scotties.

In Stettler, Carey secured the Alberta title by hitting a brilliant triple-takeout to score four points for an 8-3 win over Kelsey Rocque.

Robyn Silvernagle won the Saskatchewan crown in Humboldt by scoring a single in the 10th end for a 6-5 win over Sherry Anderson. Andrea Crawford was victorious in New Brunswick after doubling Sarah Mallais 6-3 in Moncton.

The Scotties field already includes Kerry Galusha of Northwest Territories, Nunavut's Jenine Bodner, Quebec's Gabrielle Lavoie and Jones, the defending champion, as Team Canada.

Yukon's Nicole Baldwin, Suzanne Birt of Prince Edward Island and Kelli Sharpe of Newfoundland and Labrador also previously qualified.

Homan is guaranteed a spot in the wild-card game unless she wins the Ontario championship on Saturday. If she does, Einarson would likely face Casey Scheidegger, who made an early exit from the Alberta playdowns. …

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