Kelly Scott’s Olympic dream has been put on hold until 2018.
After four straight wins to open the Olympic pre-trials in Kitchener, the Kelowna rink couldn’t take advantage of back-to-back opportunities to lock up a spot at the final trials next month in Winnipeg.
On Saturday, with the first of two berths on the line in the A-B final, Scott lost 12-4 to Grande Prairie’s Renee Sonnenberg.
Then on Sunday, with the second spot hanging in the balance, Edmonton’s Val Sweeting upset the Scott rink 6-4.
Sonnenberg and Sweeting will join six other rinks Dec. 1 to 8 in Winnipeg for the final trials, with the winner heading to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi Russia.
The difference in Sunday’s game was a steal of three by Sweeting in the sixth end for a 5-2 lead.
Scott, third Jeanna Schraeder, second Sasha Carter and lead Sarah Wazney simply couldn’t recover, as Sweeting drew to the button for the win in the 10th.
After reeling off four straight victories, Scott failed to capitalize on the momentum.
“Maybe in hindsight, sitting off for two days since we qualified (for the playoffs) isn’t the best recipe,” said a subdued Scott, a two-time Canadian women’s champ. “But we didn’t dwell on the fact that that was our fate. We were happy to qualify the way that we did, and just didn’t bring our best the last two games.
“It was just one of those games that didn’t work,” she said. “You go and restart the game and it might be totally different, but in that game, it wasn’t working for us.”
The Scott rink will now shift its focus to pursuing a record seventh B.C women’s title Jan. 6 to 12 at the provincials in Prince George.
The newly-formed John Morris/Jim Cotter rink was a winning combination at the Olympic pre-trials in Kitchener.
The Vernon/Kelowna foursome, with Cotter throwing fourth rocks and Morris skipping, nailed down a berth at next month’s Olympic trials in Winnipeg with a 5-4 win over Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., on Saturday afternoon.
The rink, which also includes second Ty Griffith and lead Rick Sawatsky of Kelowna, went unbeaten at the 12-team event to move a step closer to a spot at the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia.
In a game that saw its share of misses in among the highlight-reel shots, Morris worked the scoreboard to have hammer coming home, and Cotter, who throws final stones, made the cold draw to the eight-foot for the win.
“It feels tremendous,” said Morris after the presentation of Roar of the Rings crests to the team. “I’m real proud of the guys. We had a heck of a week. All we wanted was to be tied up coming home with the hammer, and Jimmy put one right where we need it, and it was a good team effort.”
Morris praised the play of his team, especially Cotter, who struggled at the beginning of the game.
“He’s our stable force,” Morris said. “He’s our shotmaker. We’ve just got to be sure to give him the shots to make. He’s a true leader on this team too.”
The Morris rink will be one of eight teams at the final Olympic trials Dec. 1 to 8 in Winnipeg.