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Team Jones Wins, Advances With a 6-2 Record

Thursday Feb 25 2021
by Resby Coutts, Photo: Curling Canada/Andrew Klaver

Manitoba's Jennifer Jones team has won their 6th game at the bubble Scotties in Calgary, a 9-3 win over Nunavut, and will advance beyond the round robin a win behind Team Canada and Ontario who advance from Pool A with seven wins. Tied with Jones at 6-2 in Pool B is Saskatchewan, with a win over over Nfld-Labrador. Saskatchewan advances ranked #1 in the Pool. Quebec is ranked third, also with a 6-2 record, after a win over New Brunswick. Wild Card Team Fleury-Carey did not play on the late draw and finished 5-3, ranked fourth. PEI had the opportunity to force a tiebreaker game but lost their final game to BC so both teams finished with 4-4 records.

Advancing to the next round from Pool A, with Homan and Einarson, are Beth Peterson's Winnipeg Wild Card team and Team Alberta.

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NEXT GAME: at 1:30pm CST Friday. Opponent yet to be determined
(Thursday Morning) Team Jones Shares Pool B Lead with 5-2 Record: Team Manitoba opened strong this morning, scoring threes on each of the first two ends enroute to a 12-3 win over New Brunswick. After the game, Jennifer Jones explained "we're feeling really comfortable with the ice and we are happy with where we are given our bumpy start."

It was a must-win day for the Jones team with two games on the schedule. "We did not want to have more than 2 losses after the first round," she said.

With a game left against still winless Nunavut on the last draw today, Team Jones sits at 5-2 tied with Quebec and Saskatchewan (after a morning win over BC) for the lead in Pool B. Wild Card Team Fleury Carey (after a win over Nfld-Labrador) is at 5-3 while PEI (after a morning win over Nunavut)  is at 4-3. Final standings in the pool will be determined on the late draw when Saskatchewan plays Nfld-Labrador, Manitoba meets Nunavut, Quebec plays New Brunswick, and PEI plays BC. Depending on wins and losses in those games, a five-way at 5-3 is possible. Three teams at 6-2 and two at 5-3 is also a possibility. Only four teams advance to the championship

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NEXT GAME: vs Nunavut at 7:30pm CST Thursday
(Wednesday Afternoon) Team Jones Wins over PEI to Improve to 4-2: Jennifer Jones and Taam Manitoba improved to 4-2 with a win Wednesday afternoon over Prince Edward Island.  At 4-2, Teram Jones has games left Thursday against New Brunswick, who won today to improve to 3-3, and still winless Nunavut.  Quebec, who won again today, leads Pool B with a record of 5-2. Team Manitoba shares second place in the group with Saskatchewan, after Saskatchewan defeated Wild Card Team Fleury-Carey 8-7 Wednesday afternoon. The WIld Card Team has a record of 4-3 with a game remaining against Newfoundland-Labrador.

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NEXT GAME: vs New Brunswick at 9:30am CST Thursday

(Tuesday Morning) Team Jones Improves to 3-2 With Jones' Record 153rd Win: Jennifer Jones stands alone at the top of the Scotties record book after her 153rd victory, a 6-5 win over Newfoundland-Labrador. The win moves Team Manitoba to a record of 3-2 in the current Scotties. 'We're still not as sharp as we need to be - but we wouldn't want to be yet. We want to build to the end of the week," Jones said after the game. "We needed the win to stay in there."

Speaking otf the record, Jones said simply that as the end of her career approaches it is special to be remembered for what has been accomplished.

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NEXT GAME: vs Prince Edward Island at 2:30pm CST Wednesday
(Monday Afternoon) Team Jones Drops to 2-2 With Loss to Saskatchewan: Jennifer Jones and her Team Manitoba lost their second game in four starts with a Monday afternoon loss to Saskatchewan's Sherry Anderson. With an exceptional draw through a difficult port on the 7th end, Jones had set up a steal to lead 3-2. Traded singles had Manitoba leading 4-3 coming home but the Manitoba skip was short on a first shot draw allowing Andesron to draw a second counter into the four foot circle with a cover. Jones elected to try a double bump to the four foot but came away with nothing and Saskatchewan marked up the win without throwing their last rock.

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NEXT GAME: vs Newfoundland/Labrador at 9:30am CST Tuesday
(Sunday Afternoon) Team Jones Dominant in Posting Second Win: Jennifer Jones and her Team Manitoba rebounded from a disappointing peformance Saturday evening with a victory Sunday afternoon over Corryn Brown's BC Team. Team Jones led 7-3 after six ends, with both Jones and third Kaitlyn Lawes posting a shooting percentage of 92% at that point. With an open hit up the centre line on the seventh end, Team Manitoba scored a three to lead 10-3 and when they posted another four on the 9th end for a final 14-5 win. The end of game percentages were 94% (Jones) and 92% (Lawes).

Asked after the game about the bounce-back from the off-game Saturday, Jones first said (with a smile) they they had simply gotten all the bad shots out of the way in one game. The, more seriously, she said the Saturday game was not as bad as the stats and the scoreboard suggested!

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NEXT GAME: vs Saskatchewan at 2:30pm (CST) Monday

(Saturday Evening) Team Jones Loss Means a Split on Their First Day of Scotties Play: Jennifer Jones and her Manitoba team faced end after end of trouble as they were bested 8-2 Saturday evening by the Chelsea Carey skipped Wild Card Tracey Fleury team. Challenged end after end by a red-hot Chelsea Carey, The Jones team had a shooting percentage of 65% with Jones herself an uncharacteristic 48% - an indicator of both the fact that she was 'off' and that she was always facing very difficult 2 or 3 rock situations. Team Jones record drops to 1-1 with a split on their first day of action. Fleury-Carey won a pair to share the pool lead.

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NEXT GAME: vs BC at 2:30pm Sunday
(Saturday Morning) Jones Scores 151st National Scotties Win: Manitoba controlled their 2021 Scotties opening game against a younger Quebec team who obviously can be called "less experienced" given that it was Jennifer Jones' 151st Scotties win. With  two more victories this week, Jones will move into top spot o the all time wins list, moving ahead of Colleen Jones.

"We're so excited to play, so lucky to be out there," Team Manitoba third Kaitlyn Lawes said in the zoom media event after Manitoba's opening round 7-4 win over Quebec. "We didn't need a crowd to get us up for the game."

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NEXT GAME: vs Wild Card #1/Fleury-Carey at 7:30pm CST Saturday

(FRIDAY) Manitoba's Team Jones Seeded #3: With lead Dawn McEwen opting out and Jill Officer no longer involved, the line-up for Jennifer Jones and Team Manitoba is somewhat unfamiliar for Manitoba curling fans. Jones and third Kaitlyn Lawes have Jocelyn Peterman and Lisa Weagle as their front end. Former Manitoba champion Raunora Westcott is their 5th and they are coached by Viktor Kjell.

Based on CTRS ranking, they are seeded #3 in the competition behind Manitoba-based teams Einarson (Team Canada) and Fleury-Carey (Wild Card #1), putting them in the same pool as Wild Card #1, who they will play in their Saturday evening game. Team Manitoba meets Quebec on the early draw Saturday.

Jennifer Jones is playing in her 16th national Scotties.

When Manitoba elected to NOT stage a 2020-21 season championship, Team Jones was awarded the national entry as finalist a year ago to Team Einarson.

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