Jones, Holland to square off in Hearts final
Saskatchewan's Amber Holland beat Ontario's Rachel Homan 7-5 on Saturday to advance to the Tournament of Hearts women's curling final against defending champion Jennifer Jones.
The Jones team from Winnipeg will try for a fourth straight national title Sunday (6:30 p.m. ET) while Holland's Kronau Curling Club foursome is chasing its first.
Jones edged Saskatchewan 10-9 in an extra end in a playoff game Friday to punch her ticket to the final. With the loss, Holland's rink had to play the semfinal contest against Ontario.
Saskatchewan had the best record in the round robin at 9-2, including a 9-3 win over Jones on the second day of the tournament. Jones finished second at 8-3.
Jones will have the edge in experience Sunday as she and second Jill Officer have four Canadian titles on their resume, including one in 2005. With Askin at lead, they've won the last three. Third Kaitlyn Lawes, 22, is the only member of the team in her first Scotties final.
Holland, third Kim Schneider and front end Tammy Schneider and Heather Kalenchuk went 6-5 in their first appearance at the Scotties last year in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and did not make the playoffs.
Saskatchewan stole a pivotal two points in the fifth end for a 5-2 lead over Ontario in the semifinal. Holland scored another pair in the ninth end to be three points up coming home without last-rock advantage.
Ontario dumped Nova Scotia's Heather Smith-Dacey 13-5 in a playoff between the third and fourth seeds earlier Saturday to advance to the semifinal. They two teams will meet again for the bronze medal Sunday (1:30 p.m. ET).
Homan's young Ottawa team, with an average age of 22, established itself as a squad to watch in the future.