May 23, 2015


Curling

Overton-Clapham rides win into marquee match

CHARLOTTETOWN - Winnipeg’s Cathy Overton-Clapham will head into her highly anticipated grudge match with Jennifer Jones here Wednesday night (TSN, 5:30 p.m.) off a much-needed winning effort.

Overton-Clapham and the rest of Team Manitoba had their best game of the week Wednesday afternoon at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, waxing Ontario’s Rachel Homan 10-6 in nine ends.

Manitoba skip Cathy Overton-Clapham (centre) delivers a rock as second Leslie Wilson (left) and lead Raunora Westcott prepare to sweep during the afternoon draw against Quebec at the 2011 Tournament of Hearts in Charlottetown, PEI on Monday Feb. 21, 2011.

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Manitoba skip Cathy Overton-Clapham (centre) delivers a rock as second Leslie Wilson (left) and lead Raunora Westcott prepare to sweep during the afternoon draw against Quebec at the 2011 Tournament of Hearts in Charlottetown, PEI on Monday Feb. 21, 2011.

The win improved Manitoba to 2-6 and ended a five-game losing streak that went all the way back to last Saturday night, when they last won a game here, against lowly NWT/Yukon.

Ontario, meanwhile, continued their spiral, falling to 6-3 with their third loss in four games and second of the day.

Team Canada’s Jones beat Ontario earlier Wednesday.

Overton-Clapham was relieved to finally get back on a winning note. "That was our best game by far," Overton-Clapham said. "That was more like the team that won the provincials. It was nice we were able to regroup after a really slow start to the week.

"It will be fun coming into tonight off a well-played game."

While Overton-Clapham is eliminated from playoff contention, she does have some stakes on the table tonight against Jones. With a third win, she would avoid the record set by Barb Spencer in 2009 as the worst team Manitoba has ever sent to this event. Spencer went 2-9.

And Overton-Clapham could also throw a wrench in Jones’s playoff plans. Canada has won three in a row and sits alone in second place at 6-2 heading into tonight, with a berth in the coveted 1 vs 2 page playoff game under their control right now.

A third loss tonight, however, would drop Canada back into the pack and put significant pressure on Jones heading into tomorrow’s final day of the round-robin.

Saskatchewan lost their first game here Wednesday afternoon, losing 7-4 to Nova Scotia to fall to 8-1. The win improved Nova Scotia to 5-3. Alberta’s Shannon Kleibrink and Ontario are tied for third place at 6-3. The top 4 teams at the end of the round-robin tomorrow night advance to the weekend playoff round.

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