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Olympic hopefuls Jones, Carey off to good start at Women's Curling Classic

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Skip Jennifer Jones in a game Friday morning in the 2013 Women's Curling Classic at the Fort Rouge Curling Club against Team Fordyce.

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Skip Jennifer Jones in a game Friday morning in the 2013 Women's Curling Classic at the Fort Rouge Curling Club against Team Fordyce. Photo Store

WINNIPEG — Four-time Canadian champion Jennifer Jones is off to a fine start at the $60,000 Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Women’s Curling Classic that started today at the Fort Rouge Curling Club.

Jones' St. Vital Curling Club team posted a pair of wins, including tonight’s 6-4 decision over Bingyu Wang of China.

Jones downed Brandon’s Stacey Fordyce 7-1 in a game earlier today.

Chelsea Carey of the host club won her first game earlier today, 5-4 over Karen Fallis of Thistle, but dropped her evening game 6-5 to Michele Jaggi of Switzerland.

Jones and Carey are the only teams participating this week that have qualified for the Olympic Trials here in December.

Other opening-game winners included:

  • Wang, 6-2 over Tracy Horgan of Sudbury, Ont.
  • Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland, 8-2 over Granite’s Jill Thurston.
  • Trish Paulsen of Saskatoon, 5-3 over Edmonton’s Laura Crocker.
  • Jaggi, 6-4 over Fredericton’s Andrea Crawford.
  • Michelle Montford of Assiniboine Memorial, 7-5 over Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfrisson.
  • Edmonton’s Valerie Sweeting, 8-3 over Regina’s Michelle Englot.
  • Renee Sonnenberg, 8-4 over Pinawa’s Colleen Kilgallen.
  • Barb Spencer of Assiniboine Memorial, 7-4 over Switzerland’s Binia Fletscher.
  • Russia’s Anna Sidorova, 8-4 over East St. Paul’s Kim Link.
  • Fort Rouge’s Breanne Meakin 10-8 in an extra end over Mirjam Ott of Switzerland.
  • Calgary’s Crystal Webster, 6-3 over Fort Rouge’s Darcy Robertson.
  • Assiniboine’s Janet Harvey, 5-2 over Calgary’s Shannon Kleibrink.
  • Regina’s Ambert Holland, 8-4 over Satsuki Fujisawa of Japan.
  • Scotland’s Eve Muirhead, 7-2 over Fort Rouge’s Joelle Brown.

Play for the 32 rinks continues through the weekend, with the playoff round scheduled for Monday.

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Updated on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 3:12 PM CDT: Removes byline.

8:39 PM: Complete write-through.

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