Posted at 12:54 am on February 17, 2013
The first draw has concluded at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. We saw eight teams kick off the event with some great curling. Big teams like Ontario’s Rachel Homan and Alberta’s Heather Nedohin put their first wins on the board. We’ll recap all the action from the opening games.
Rachel Homan and her team from Ontario are among the favorites to win this year’s event. They opened their Scotties run with a big win over Team Newfoundland & Labrador, skipped by Stacie Devereaux. As expected, Ontario dominated. Homan stole three points over the first two ends, getting her squad out to a comfortable lead early. After Newfoundland picked up a single point in the third end, Ontario went on an unstoppable run, collecting a pile of points to put the game out of reach. Homan claims her first win with an 8-1 decision.
Over on sheet A, Saskatchewan claimed their first over, toppling the Territories with a score of 7-2. Meanwhile, Jennifer Jones also posted a “W” with a 8-6 victory over Team PEI.
Team Canada, skipped by Heather Nedowin, began their bid to repeat as champions with a tight game against New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford. Nedohin used the hammer the post two points early on in the game. Crawford answered back with a strong third end, grabbing three points to take a 3-2 lead. But that was the last multiple point end New Brunswick could manage, and few deuces from Team Canada allowed them to build up a lead, winning the game 9-6.
Crawford brushed off the loss to come back strong in her second game, this time facing off with PEI. This time, New Brunswick had a much more favorable outcome. They hammered the Islanders with several multi-point ends, soaring to an 11-5 final.
In other action, we saw B.C.’s Kelly Scott post a win in her opening game. The veteran team inched ahead of Alberta 7-6 for the win. Meanwhile, Newfoundland suffered their second loss on day one, falling to Kerry Galusha by a devastatingly close 8-7 score.
Nova Scotia’s first game saw them paired up against Quebec. Mary-Anne Arsenault skipper the Nova Scotians in a solid effort. This game featured the reunion of several of Colleen Jones’ team mates from her golden years. Quebec put up a good fight, keeping the game close throughout. In the final end, the game was knotted at 4-4. With the hammer, Quebec capitalized on some serious blunders by Nova Scotia, delivering a finishing blow of 5 points, ripping away the victory, 9-4.
Action continues with draw 3 tomorrow morning, 9am EST. We’ll see Ontario take on Alberta, Quebec vs. Saskatchewan, Team Canada paired up with Nova Scotia, and Manitoba taking on British Columbia.