Jennifer Jones to represent Manitoba in Canadian curling championships
Field for 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts nearing completion
Olympic women's curling champion Jennifer Jones will represent Manitoba in next month's Canadian women's curling championship.
Winnipeg's Jones defeated Kerri Einarson 5-2 in Sunday's provincial final in Winkler. Jones is a four-time Canadian champion and won a world title in 2008. She'll compete in her 11th national championship Feb. 14-22 in Moose Jaw, Sask.
The field for the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts neared completion Sunday when several provincial champions were crowned.
Julie Hastings defeated Sherry Middaugh 9-5 in the Ontario women's final in Penatanguishene. Hastings has twice skipped Ontario in the Scotties and finished third in 2009.
Stefanie Lawton will wear the host province's colours after doubling Michelle Englot 4-2 in the Saskatchewan final in Assiniboia.
Valerie Sweeting downed Chelsea Carey 9-7 to take the Alberta title in Lacombe.
After losing in three previous B.C. finals in her career, Patti Knezevic prevailed Sunday with a 5-3 victory over Sarah Wark.
Mary-Anne Arsenault will skip Nova Scotia at the Scotties. The former second of five-time champion Colleen Jones defeated Theresa Breen 7-5 in Dartmouth.
Quebec's Lauren Mann, Heather Strong of Newfoundland and Labrador, Northern Ontario's Tracy Horgan, Yukon's Sarah Koltun and Kerry Galusha of the Northwest Territories secured their berths earlier this month.
Prince Edward Island's champion will be determined Monday when Suzanne Birt and Kathy O'Rourke meet for the championship. New Brunswick's women's final is scheduled for next Sunday.
Defending champion Rachel Homan of Ottawa gained an automatic berth as Team Canada. Nunavut chose not to enter a team this year under a new format that allows for separate entries from the three territories as well as Northern Ontario team.
Horgan, Galusha and Koltun will square off in a three-team round robin qualifier with the winner advancing to the main draw.
The winner of the Scotties represents Canada at the world women's championship March 14-22 in Sapporo, Japan.