Road To The Olympic Games


McCarville, Jones perfect at Hearts

Ontario's Krista McCarville and Canada's Jennifer Jones lead the Tournament of Hearts after five draws with 3-0 records.

Ontario's Krista McCarville and Canada's Jennifer Jones lead the Tournament of Hearts after five draws with 3-0 records.

McCarville joined Jones atop the standings with a 12-6 win over Eve Belisle's Quebec rink in Sunday's Draw 5 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Ontario took control with five in the fourth end.

In other Draw 5 results, Prince Edward Island improved to 3-1 by beating the Northwest Territories/Yukon 10-7.

Saskatchewan topped Newfoundland and Labrador 8-5 and New Brunswick defeated Nova Scotia 10-6.

Jones, the defending champion from Winnipeg, was idle in the late draw but scored a pair of wins earlier Sunday.

She defeated Amber Holland of Saskatchewan 7-3 after scoring four in the sixth end to defeat Andrea Kelly of New Brunswick 5-4.

"That was probably our best team game so far," Jones said. "It's a nice way to end the day and obviously 3-0 is better than 0-3 but we've got a long week."

Holland's rink was considered a top contender heading into the tournament.

"Any win's a big win and it's not a cliché," Jones said.

"You want to come out here and play well. Amber's team is a good team. They beat us in the trials in the opening draw so it was nice to play well today and I thought we controlled the game."

In McCarville's match against Belisle, she said was never really under full control, despite holding a lead throughout.

"That was probably the craziest game I've played in my entire life," McCarville said.

"It was back and forth. Every time they had hammer, they had opportunities for multiple points. Every time we had hammer we had opportunities for multiple points. She missed a shot where she had double for a five in the seventh end."

In other Draw 4 play, Jill Thurston's Manitoba rink defeated Shelley Nicholls of Newfoundland and Labrador 9-6.

Ontario scored twice late to defeat Valerie Sweeting of Alberta 7-6.

Kelly Scott of British Columbia capped the afternoon draw with a tight 5-4 victory over Quebec.

In the other morning action on Sunday, Sweeting defeated P.E.I.'s Kathy O'Rourke 13-2, handing them their first loss of the tournament.

Thurston defeated Nancy McConnery's Nova Scotia rink 7-3.

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