Kelly Scott and her Kelowna team are the first to qualify for the Page playoffs at the Capital One Road to the Roar Olympic pre-trials in Kitchener.
With an 8-5 win over Renee Sonnenberg of Grande Prairie, Alta., Scott, along with teammates Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter, Sarah Wazney and coach Brent Giles, are one step closer to the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials Dec. 1-8 in Winnipeg, where eight men’s and eight women’s teams will be vying for the chance to represent Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Thursday afternoon’s women’s A-Event final at the Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener, Ont., featured the only two undefeated teams, and both showed why, trading well-played ends until the seventh. Then, with two Scott stones in the rings, Sonnenberg had a chance for a double takeout, but her rock barely ticked shot stone and sailed through, leaving Scott with a steal of two and a 6-3 lead.
Scott used the hitting power of Carter and Schraeder to keep the house clean from then on, blanking the ninth and hitting out the 10th for the win.
“Any time you can steal late in the game, especially a deuce, that does definitely give you an edge, and advantage,” said Scott. “It was not an easy sheet to play finesse shots on, so we definitely got the easier shot selection after we jumped ahead three points. But they did a good job of hanging in there and making us execute those peels or they could have been right back in it.”
“Goal number one was to get through to that qualifying round,” added Scott about clinching a playoff spot. “You want to be in that A vs. B game, but that sometimes doesn’t pan out. We couldn’t have scripted a better start to this whole event for ourselves.”
Scott will play in 1-2 game Saturday and with a win would clinch a berth at the final Olympic trials.