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Jones foursome on top again

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. -- Jennifer Jones and her Winnipeg team gutted out a third straight Canadian women's curling title this afternoon.
 
Jones, the two-time defending champions wearing Team Canada colours, battled back from a three-point deficit through six ends to defeat Prince Edward Island 8-7 in an extra end in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts championship game.
 
The team will now represent Canada at the Ford world women's championship in Swift Current, Sask., March 20-28.
 
And they'll be back at the Scotties in 2011 as Team Canada in Charlottetown.
 
Jones is joined by third Cathy Overton-Clapham, second Jill Officer and lead Dawn Askin.
 
"We're a gutsy team," Jones said. "The girls played tough in the back half and made some good shots when we had to.
 
"To win three in a row is pretty incredible. And the way we won today, the way we came back, it's pretty awesome I have to tell you."
 
The loss ended a dream run for P.E.I., which has never had a team in the women's final. And what a story it would have been, had Kathy O'Rourke's team prevailed and earned a trip to their home town next year to defend the title.
 
Erin Carmody, who throws the last stones for P.E.I., was light on a draw in the ninth end to give up a steal of two as Canada moved ahead 7-6
 
In the 10th end, P.E.I. took one to force an extra end.
 
But Canada scored one in the 11th when Jones picked out a P.E.I. counter that was two-thirds open.
 
 
jason.bell@freepress.mb.ca

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