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Carey takes Manitoba Scotties

Posted: 01/12/2014 6:57 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 01/12/2014 9:15 PM | Updates

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  • Chelsea Carey and Kerri Einarson instruct their sweepers as they compete during the final of the Scotties Provincial Curling Championship at the Tundra Oil & Gas Place in Virden, Manitoba, Sunday, January 12, 2014. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Chelsea Carey and Kerri Einarson instruct their sweepers as they compete during the final of the Scotties Provincial Curling Championship at the Tundra Oil & Gas Place in Virden, Manitoba, Sunday, January 12, 2014. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Kristen Foster and Lindsay Titheridge sweep for skip, Chelsea Carey after she throws a rock against Kerri Einarson.  (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Kristen Foster and Lindsay Titheridge sweep for skip, Chelsea Carey after she throws a rock against Kerri Einarson. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Kerri Einarson instructs her sweepers early in the final against team Chelsea Carey. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Kerri Einarson instructs her sweepers early in the final against team Chelsea Carey. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Kerri Einarson looks on as Chelsea Carey watches her sweepers early in the final. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Kerri Einarson looks on as Chelsea Carey watches her sweepers early in the final. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Coach and father, Dan Carey, speaks with Chelsea Carey as she faces Kerri Einarson during the final. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Coach and father, Dan Carey, speaks with Chelsea Carey as she faces Kerri Einarson during the final. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Curling fans watch the action. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Curling fans watch the action. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

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    (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Chelsea Carey instructs her sweepers.  (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Chelsea Carey instructs her sweepers. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Nat Howard and his 20-month-old son, Callan, take in the action. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Nat Howard and his 20-month-old son, Callan, take in the action. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Tundra Oil & Gas Place in Virden, Manitoba. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Tundra Oil & Gas Place in Virden, Manitoba. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

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    (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Chelsea Carey defeats Kerri Einarson in the final of the Scotties Provincial Curling Championship. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Chelsea Carey defeats Kerri Einarson in the final of the Scotties Provincial Curling Championship. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Chelsea Carey, second from left, and her rink, Kristy McDonald, Lindsay Titheridge and Kristen Foster, celebrate after defeating Kerri Einarson in the final. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Chelsea Carey, second from left, and her rink, Kristy McDonald, Lindsay Titheridge and Kristen Foster, celebrate after defeating Kerri Einarson in the final. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • As her father and coach, Dan Carey looks on, Chelsea Carey smiles to the crowd. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    As her father and coach, Dan Carey looks on, Chelsea Carey smiles to the crowd. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Chelsea Carey and her rink, Kristy McDonald, Kristen Foster, Lindsay Titheridge and coach Dan Carey pose for photos after defeating Kerri Einarson in the final of the Scotties Provincial Curling Championship.  (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Chelsea Carey and her rink, Kristy McDonald, Kristen Foster, Lindsay Titheridge and coach Dan Carey pose for photos after defeating Kerri Einarson in the final of the Scotties Provincial Curling Championship. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

VIRDEN, Man. – Third time’s the charm: in her third visit to the Manitoba Scotties final, Chelsea Carey came to take it all.

The Fort Rouge Curling Club skip claimed her first provincial curling championship in a tense 6-2 victory over East St. Paul’s Kerri Einarson, who had rolled undefeated through the tournament until the final.

After Einarson scored a single in the first, Carey blanked the second and the third. She set the fourth end up and was lying three when Einarson’s last shot killed one, and then rolled out; Carey could have taken three there, but her draw came in too light, sticking in the red paint on the top of the 12. Still, she took a deuce out of the end and with it, a 2-1 lead.

She would get the extra point back in the very next end, on a miss from her opponent.

It’s a throw Einarson would probably like to take back, the hammer rock of the fifth. It struck another on an angle and rolled on out, handing Carey a steal of one, and suddenly the game turned: after the break, Einarson picked up another single, but trailed 3-2 with three ends to play. Carey blanked the seventh and eighth.

For almost 120 minutes, it was a slow and blankey game. Then Carey pounced.

In the ninth end she seized her chance, holding the hammer and pulling her team together for a fabulous end: second Kristen Foster hurled a bang-on double takeout to clear the house, which opened the door for Carey to set up for a triple. She made it and rose to a 6-2 lead. In the final end, all the Carey team had to do was run Einarson out of rocks, and that’s exactly what they did. Carey’s final stone blew Einarson’s rock out of the house and with that sealed her trip to Montreal next month for the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

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Updated on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM CST: Spelling error corrected

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