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Defending champion Kerri Einarson secures Scotties playoff berth

Defending champion Kerri Einarson secures Scotties playoff berth

Defending champion Kerri Einarson secured a playoff berth at the Canadian girls’s curling championship Saturday with a 7-4 obtain over Quebec’s Laurie St-Georges.

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Kerri Einarson, seen above, has guided her rink to a playoff berth with a 10-1 narrative to this level at the 2021 Scotties in Calgary. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

Kerri Einarson took a vital step in the direction of defending her Canadian girls’s curling championship by skipping her group to a playoff berth Saturday.

Einarson’s foursome out of Manitoba’s Gimli Curling Club beat Quebec’s Laurie St-Georges 7-4 to web to a story of 10-1 with a draw closing Saturday evening.

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“We’re positively factual specializing in ourselves and what we possess to develop,” Einarson stated. “We’re as much as the mark of our dangle destiny.”

Ontario’s Rachel Homan (9-2), Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones (8-3) and Alberta’s Laura Walker (8-3) had been in contention for the two closing playoff spots heading into the closing draw of the championship round.

The tip seed rising from the championship round earns a bye to Sunday evening’s closing, while second and third sq. off in the afternoon semifinal.

A tie for third would be solved by a tiebreaker sport in the morning.

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The 2021 Scotties Match of Hearts is one amongst four Curling Canada occasions to be held in a spectator-free, controlled setting at the WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary.

The COVID-19 pandemic thwarting many provincial and territorial playdowns brought on Curling Canada to add two wild-card teams to the Hearts discipline for a complete of 18, which in flip diminished in dimension the playoff window.

As a replace of the aged four teams in a Page playoff, easiest three arrive.

Einarson is making an strive the main again-to-again Hearts titles since Rachel Homan in 2013 and 2014.

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Sunday’s victor earns $100,000 in prize cash and a return day out to the 2022 Scotties Match of Hearts in Exclaim Bay, Ont., as Crew Canada.

The winner doesn’t possess a world championship, alternatively, wherein to set aside on the Maple Leaf.

The March 19-28 match in Schaffhausen, Switzerland became cancelled by the World Curling Federation attributable to of the pandemic.

The 2020 world championship in Prince George, B.C., became called off for the a connected cause, so Einarson wasn’t ready to symbolize Canada there.

Jones thumps Homan

Six-time champion Jennifer Jones of Manitoba thumped Ontario’s Homan 9-1 on Saturday afternoon earlier than facing Einarson at evening.

Jones had struggled the old evening in a loss to Alberta, however the skip and her teammates had been on their sport towards three-time champion Homan.

“We positively regrouped and determined we desired to step it up quite of bit,” Jones stated. “Last evening’s loss doesn’t influence our self assurance at all. I deem that factual comes with journey.”

It wasn’t the main time that Jones’ lead Lisa Weagle confronted dilapidated skip Homan, but it indubitably became the main time at a Match of Hearts.

Homan, third Emma Miskew and Weagle won three Canadian titles and a world title together. They additionally represented Canada in the 2018 Frigid climate Olympics with Joanne Courtney.

Homan dropped Weagle from her lineup closing one year and replaced her with Sarah Wilkes.

Weagle met her dilapidated teammates Nov. 12 in an Okotoks, Alta., event. Homan won the game 7-1.

There became a time when Weagle would possibly perhaps well perhaps well possess felt further pleasure in beating Homan for the main time, however the all-superstar lead says that point has handed.

“If you occur to’d asked me that a couple of months ago, or over the summer, most definitely,” Weagle stated.

“Right this moment, I became in actuality factual accessible playing for me and I became playing for my group. I factual desired to search out a brand contemporary stage of excellence and play in actuality well and I feel like that’s what we possess been doing here.

“It wasn’t in actuality my focal level this day that we had been playing them. I became positively livid for the game, but I became focused extra on myself.”

Quebec, Saskatchewan’s Sherry Anderson, and wild-card teams skipped by Beth Peterson and Chelsea Carey are out of contention with their fifth losses.

Alberta’s Crocker stayed in the hunt with a 9-4 obtain over Saskatchewan.

The host province became to get on Carey’s Wild Card One and Homan confronted Saskatchewan on Saturday evening.

Defending champion Kerri Einarson secures Scotties playoff berth