Jennifer Jones, Reid Carruthers win PointsBet curling titles

Jennifer Jones and Reid Carruthers were the winners of the inaugural PointsBet Invitational on Sunday with their Manitoban curling teams each pocketing $50,000 in prize money.

Both teams won 4 straight games to collect winners' cheques

Skip Jennifer Jones, third from right, and her new team of Karlee Burgess, Mackenzie Zacharias, Lauren Lenentine and alternate Emily Zacharias claimed the women's title at the inaugural PointsBet Invitational on Sunday in Fredericton, N.B. (@CurlingCanada/Twitter)

Jennifer Jones and Reid Carruthers were the winners of the inaugural PointsBet Invitational on Sunday with their Manitoban curling teams each pocketing $50,000 in prize money.

Jones defeated Casey Scheidegger's team, with Kristie Moore filling in at skip for the absent Scheidegger, in the women's final 7-4.

Carruthers doubled Matt Dunstone 8-4 in the men's championship game at Willie O'Ree Place in Fredericton.

Both teams won four straight games to collect winners' cheques.

WATCH | Jones leads rink to victory in final at PointsBet Invitational:

Jones leads rink to win in final of inaugural PointsBet Invitational

2 months ago
Duration 3:04
Jennifer Jones defeated Casey Scheidegger 7-4 in nine ends to take home the $50,000 prize on Sunday in Edmonton.

Jones, an Olympic gold medallist and two-time world champion, and Carruthers are both skipping new teams this season.

The 48-year-old Jones is calling the shots for a team of under-25 curlers who won national and world junior titles just two years ago.

Karlee Burgess, Mackenzie Zacharias, Lauren Lenentine and alternate Emily Zacharias round out the Jones rink.

"We felt [chemistry] instantly, and I wasn't sure because they were already an existing team, and I'm just a couple of years older than them, so I wasn't sure how that would all work," joked Jones.

"I honestly feel like it's so easy. They're easy to be around, and I feel like we've just become one united team, which is crazy because it's only September."

Jones is working on a 12-game winning streak with her new team dating back to the Saville Shoot-Out in Edmonton earlier this month.

The team went 8-0 and beat Rachel Homan in the final there.

'Confidence booster'

Carruthers, vice Jason Gunnlaugson and the front end of Derek Samagalski and lead Connor Njegovan collected their first win of the 2022-23 season.

Carruthers couldn't recall a bigger payday in his curling career.

"It's unreal," Carruthers said. "New [Olympic] quad, new team and we win our third 'spiel, and to beat some of the best teams, and our provincial rival, a great team in Dunstone, oh yeah that's a confidence booster."

WATCH | Carruthers defeats Dunstone in men's final:

Team Carruthers captures big payday at PointsBet Invitational curling event

2 months ago
Duration 1:17
Reid Carruthers and his rink defeated Team Dunstone 8-4 in the PointsBet Invitational final Sunday in Edmonton.

Jones was the No. 5 seed taking on No. 6 Scheidegger in Sunday's final.

After blanking the first end, Jones scored two in the second and added deuces in the fourth and eighth ends, while holding Moore to single points with hammer.

"They made a lot of great shots and I just didn't finish in a couple of ends, most definitely," Moore said.

"In the past couple of games, I got opportunities later. But Jen just didn't let us get back in there."

Jones' vice Zacharias, who was previously a skip and now throws second stones, says she and her teammates are thriving with Jones calling the shots.

"She's been such a great leader for our team and we're so privileged to have a chance to play with her," Zacharias said.

"We're all just having fun out there as well, which is the icing on top of the cake."

WATCH l Catch up on a new season with That Curling Show:

That Curling Show: Team shake-ups kick off a brand new curling season

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Duration 1:18:00
Hosts Devin Heroux and Colleen Jones kick off a new curling season by catching you up on all the new teams and chatting with Rachel Homan, Jennifer Jones, Brett Gallant and Brad Gushue.

Carruthers took control of the men's final by scoring two in the fourth and sixth ends and stealing a point in the seventh for a 6-2 lead.

Dunstone scored his first deuce in the eighth, but Carruthers countered with two in the ninth.

Dunstone had a chance to score three in the seventh and draw even, but he wrecked on a guard to give up the steal.

"I let the guys down today with that shot," Dunstone said. "That sucks. The guys gave me nothing but opportunities today and I couldn't capitalize on them.

"Just threw it a little light. You can't do that out there. Just a bad throw."

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