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Jennifer Jones reaches final at Tournament of Hearts

Jennifer Jones has booked her spot in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts final. The Manitoba skip defeated Team Canada's Heather Nedohin 6-5 in Sunday's semifinal.

Manitoba knocks off defending champ Heather Nedohin, B.C. beats Canada for bronze

Manitoba skip Jennifer Jones, shown in this file photo, is off to the final at the Tournment of Hearts after defeating Team Canada on Sunday. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

There will be a new champion at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts this year.

Manitoba's Jennifer Jones booked her spot in the final of the national women's curling championship with an 8-5 win over Team Canada's Heather Nedohin on Sunday morning at the K-Rock Centre.

Jones and Ontario's Rachel Homan were to play for the gold medal in the evening. Homan beat Jones in the 1-2 Page playoff game on Saturday to lock up a berth in the championship game.

Nedohin led 4-2 after six ends but Jones pulled even with a pair in the seventh and stole two in the eighth. The 2012 champion scored one in the ninth to cut the Manitoba lead in half but couldn't complete the comeback in the 10th.

Canada had an 89 per cent shooting percentage while Manitoba shot 82 per cent. Nedohin shot 84 per cent to 82 per cent for Jones.

The 38-year-old Jones won a world title in 2008 and is a four-time national champion. Homan, 23, won a Canadian junior title in 2010 and finished fourth in her only previous Scotties appearance in 2011.

Jones was 11-0 over the round robin to become the first skip since British Columbia's Linda Moore to go undefeated. Moore went 10-0 in 1985 and then won the final in Winnipeg.

Homan's only loss of the round robin was to Jones. The Ontario skip rebounded with an 8-5 win over Jones on Saturday night.

The Scotties winner will represent Canada at next month's world women's curling championship in Riga, Latvia.

The top two teams at the Scotties receive $15,500 in prize money, the third-place team gets $12,000 and the fourth-place team receives $7,000. Teams finishing fifth through 12th receive $3,400 each.

All 12 teams receive $4,167 for title sponsor cresting.

The winner also receives $10,000 for wearing cresting at the world championship along with $40,000 from Own The Podium for training and competition expenses. Sport Canada will provide them with $144,000 over a two-year period.

The men's national championship — the Tim Hortons Brier — is set for March 2-10 in Edmonton. The winner will represent Canada at the March 30-April 7 world men's curling championship in Victoria.

B.C. beats Canada for bronze

B.C.'s Kelly Scott defeated Team Canada's Heather Nedohin 10-8 to win the bronze medal at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts on Sunday afternoon at the K-Rock Centre.

Scott picked up a single in the ninth end and stole another point in the 10th for the victory. The result came after a disappointing loss to Nedohin in the 3-4 Page playoff game a day earlier.

"We brought our hit weights down today and really didn't change anything other than that and had a great game out there," Scott said. "So that's how you want to leave an event like this."

It was an entertaining third-place game with plenty of rocks in play. Canada hit a double takeout for four points in the third end but B.C. scored three in the fourth to move in front 5-4.

Nedohin added a single in the fifth before Scott added three more in the seventh end. Nedohin replied with three points of her own in the eighth to tie it before Scott went ahead to stay.

The game was a rematch of last year's final in Red Deer, Alta., where Nedohin beat Scott 7-6 to win the gold.

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