Jones, Laing on roll at mixed doubles worlds


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The couple that plays together wins together.

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The couple that plays together wins together.

Apparently, that’s the message delivered by Winnipeg product Jennifer Jones and her husband, Brent Laing, who are on a tremendous run at the 2023 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Gangneung South Korea.

The Canadian duo wasn’t at its best early today but still managed to eke out an 8-7 extra-end victory over a team from Hungary.

Jennifer Jones and Brent Laing on March 26 with their gold medals and the Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship trophy in Sudbury, Ont. (The Canadian Press / Handout /Curling Canada, Duncan Bell)

Jones and Laing own a 7-1 record, tied for top spot with Estonia.

“It was tough,” said Jones, who now calls the Barrie, Ont., area home. “It was definitely a grind; (Hungary) played very well and we had a hard time scoring a multiple end. But we hung in there. Experience helps, and we just had to make some good shots and put some pressure on them.”

The Estonia team of Marie Kaldvee and Harri Lill handed Jones and Laing their only defeat of the event Sunday.

Canada, Estonia and Scotland’s Jen Dodds and Bruce Mouat (6-2) will definitely advance to Friday’s playoffs, regardless of what transpires Thursday.

Earlier today, Jones and Laing sailed to an 8-2 win over Denmark’s Jasmin Lander and Henrik Holtermann (3-5).

Canada completes round-robin play Thursday against the host country, South Korea’s Team JiYoon Kim and ByeongJin Jeong (2-6).

Jones said finishing strong is key.

“I’d like to put a full game together (on Thursday), a full eight ends and just try to go into the playoffs feeling really confident,” said Jones. “We just want to play well; we’re having so much fun, so I just want to play as many games as we possibly can.”


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