PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE -- Jennifer Jones has won her fifth Manitoba women's curling championship.
Jones defeated Morden’s Chelsea Carey 6-5 here at the PCU Centre Sunday afternoon in the final of the 2012 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
With the game tied 5-5 in the tenth end, Jones was facing two Carey counters biting either side of the button when she went to throw her last one. Jones elected an exceptionally delicate and difficult tapback of one of her own stones just in front of the rings and – as she has so many times in what has been a spectacular career – made it perfectly, tapping her rock to the button and then raising her arms in triumph.
"It’s just crazy. Sometimes I have to pinch myself. I can’t believe we get to do all these wonderful things," Jones said.
It’s the second year in a row that the Carey foursome -- third Kristy McDonald, second Kristin Foster and lead Lindsay Titheridge -- have lost the Manitoba women’s final. McDonald has also lost two other women’s finals over the years and is now 0-4 lifetime in the big game.
"I don’t know what you want me to say," said Carey. "It’s the second year in a row we put everything out on the ice, we played a really good game, we made two absolute pistols in 10, and we still didn’t win. I don’t know what else to do…
"We lose the final to the best team in the world, and we made her make a hell of a shot to do it."
The game was played before a crowd of close to 2,000 people, believed to be the largest crowd ever to witness a game at the Manitoba Scotties.
Jones -- with third Kaitlyn Lawes, second Jill Officer and lead Dawn Askin -- will now represent Manitoba at the Canadian womens curling championship, Feb. 18-26 in Red Deer.