Sports Curling

Playoff rounds set for Women's Classic

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Olympic gold medalist Jennifer Jones punched her ticket to Monday's playoff round after winning Sunday night's C Event qualifier at the Portage Curling Club in Portage la Prairie. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

Olympic gold medalist Jennifer Jones punched her ticket to Monday's playoff round after winning Sunday night's C Event qualifier at the Portage Curling Club in Portage la Prairie. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

The home stretch is in sight.

Eight qualifiers will battle it out in Monday's playoff round at the Canad Inns Women's Curling Classic at the Portage Curling Club in Portage la Prairie in an effort to best a field of 32 rinks and claim the grand prize in the $60,000 purse.

Anna Hasselborg of Sweden and Edmonton’s Kelsey Rocque were the first two teams to qualify for Monday’s playoff round. Both rinks went undefeated through the first couple days of play. Hasselborg knocked off Winnipegger Michelle Englot 7-3 in seven ends while Rocque took down Kerri Einarson’s Winnipeg rink 6-5 in eight to punch their respective tickets to the quarter finals. 

American Nina Roth and Sherri Middaugh from Coldwater, Ont., were the next to qualify in the B event. Einarson suffered her second loss of the bonspiel to Roth, while Middaugh handed Olympic gold medallist Jennifer Jones her second loss of the tournament in the other. 

The final four qualifiers slid into the playoffs Sunday evening in the C Event. Albertan Chelsea Carey beat Amber Holland’s Saskatchewan rink 8-1 in three ends to book her spot. Einarson managed to finally book her spot to the finals in the C qualifier. She beat Scotland’s Eve Muirhead 9-6 in eight ends. Jones found her way into the playoff round by taking out China's Bingyu Wang 9-7 in eight ends, despite trailing 6-3 heading into the sixth end. The final qualifier was American Cory Christensen, who managed to knock off Winnipegger Shannon Birchard 7-6 in eight.

The Quarterfinal schedule looks like this:

Anna Hasselborg vs. Chelsea Carey

Sherri Middaugh vs. Kerri Einarson

Kelsey Rocque vs. Cory Christensen

Nina Roth vs. Jennifer Jones

All four quarterfinal matches get going at 10 a.m. at the Portage Curling Club followed by semi final play at 2 p.m.



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