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Jones Team Players Championship Finalist; Einarson, McEwen Semi-finalists

Saturday Apr 16 2016

Eve Muirhead-SCO defeated Jennifer Jones and her Manitoba team 9-6 to win the Grand Slam - Player's Championship Sunday in Toronto. In the semi-final match-up of Manitoba teams, Kerri Einarson led 3-2 at the mid-game break but gave up a deuce on the fifth end and Jones held the lead through to a 6-4 victory.

On the Men's side, Mike McEwen lost 7-3 to Brad Jacobs in their semi-final. Jacobs then lost 5-4 to Brad Gushue in the Men's final.

Jones-Einarson to Meet in Players Championship Semi-final - Manitoba champion Kerri Einarson gave up two three-enders in the first three ends to trail Rachel Homan-ON 6-2 Saturday morning in the quarterfinals of the Players Championship underway in Toronto. The Ontario team never scored again as the Manitobans blanked the fourth end then scored five points over the final four ends for a 7-6 victory. Team Einarson advances to the semi-final Sunday morning where they will take on Jennifer Jones, who defeated Val Sweeting-AB 7-4. The other women's semi-final features Silvana Tirinzoni-SUI (3-2 over Kelsey Rocque-AB) against Eve Muirhead-SCO (12-4 over Erika Brown-USA). C Manitoban Cathy Overton-Clapham is subbing at second for Muirhead. Jones finished the round robin with a 4-1 record while Einarson finished 3-2.

In the men's event, Manitoba Champion Mike McEwen defeated world champ Kevin Koe-AB 8-5 in the Saturday afternoon quarterfinals. In other match-ups Brad Gushue-NL defeated Niklas Edin-SWE 7-3, David Murdoch-SCO beat Glenn Howard-ON 8-2, and Steve Laycock-SK lost 6-2 to Brad Jacobs-NONT. McEwen qualified with a 2-3 record. Reid Carruthers missed the playoffs at 1-4. IN the Sunday morning semi-finals, McEwen plays Jacobs and Murdoch takes on Gushue.

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