Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones came roaring back to the rings on Tuesday, rising 7-2 above Renee Sonnenberg in eight ends at MTS Centre in her hunt to become a Canadian Olympian.
Jones, who fell to young Albertan skip Val Sweeting on Monday night, pressed hard against Sonnenberg all game, stealing points in three ends to pile up an insurmountable lead. With the win, the Jones rink improved to 3-1 through four games to tie Sweeting on the leaderboard.
"We played well, made a lot of big shots when we had to, and that shows a lot about the girls that I play with," Jones said after the win. "I thought we bounced back as well as we could have today."
With the loss to Jones, Grande Prairie’s Sonnenberg fell to 1-3, where she joins Ontario’s Sherry Middaugh in the basement of the women’s round robin. That’s a big hill to climb in a tight field, and after the game Sonnenberg sounded resigned to likely being out of the playoff contention.
"They’re a world-class team, fair enough," she said of Jones. "You can’t get behind, we did, we’ll take our lumps. Three losses is going to be tough to get in. We’re going to try to win our last three, and then if things go our way and we can squeak a tiebreaker, we’ll be thrilled. But for right now, we just really want to play well in our last three for moving forward."
The afternoon draw ended in tougher luck for the other Winnipeg team on the women’s side, skipped by Chelsea Carey, which fell 7-5 to Saskatoon’s Stefanie Lawton. Team Carey now sits 2-2 on the week, crammed up in the tight women’s field with Lawton, Heather Nedohin and Rachel Homan.
Nedohin beat Sweeting 6-5 to hand the fellow Albertan her first loss of the Roar on Tuesday afternoon, and reigning Canadian champ Homan edged past Middaugh 6-5 to keep her Olympic dreams alive.