Kelly Scott may have fallen short of a third Canadian women’s curling title, but the Kelowna foursome still had plenty of reason to smile when all was said and done in Kingston, Ont.
Scott and Co. defeated Team Canada’s Heather Nedohin 10-8 on Sunday afternoon to capture the bronze medal at the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
A high scoring affair and a see-saw battle from the opening end, Scott sealed the win in the 10th with a steal of one, when Nedohin missed a difficult double takeout attempt with her final rock.
It was an 8-4 loss to Nedohin just a day earlier in the 3-4 Page playoff game that officially ended the Scott team’s gold-medal aspirations.
Scott was proud of the resilience her team showed after a heartbreaking loss.
“We were quite disappointed with the results of (Saturday’s) game, we felt like we were throwing well and the results were not good,” said Scott. “But we had a great game (Sunday) out there, so that’s how you want to leave an event like this, really our last event of the season.”
It was the Scott rink’s eighth appearance at the Scotties, but the first for new lead Sarah Wazney who moved from Winnipeg to join the team this season.
The week wasn’t without its challenges for Wazney who was stricken midway through with food poisoning.
For veterans Scott, third Jeanna Schraeder and second Sasha Carter, getting a bronze medal for their new teammate was the most satisfying reward of the entire week.
“We are so happy, so pleased,” said Scott. “This team, really our first year together with Sarah in the mix, and (with) her difficulties with food poisoning this week—we’re super proud to get the chance to play for the bronze medal. It was a battle and we had to work for it. We’re proud for Sarah, and we’re proud for B.C.”
Wazney was thrilled to share the bronze with her Kelowna teammates.
“I said let’s not just play it for me. Let’s play it for us,” Wazney said. “And on a good note. Let’s go out there and play a good one, our last one.”
With a 3-3 start, it took the Scott team time to get some traction at the Scotties.
But with five straight wins to close the round robin and an 8-3 record, the Kelowna women secured third spot and a berth in the 3-4 game vs Nedohin.
Jeanna Schraeder was named to the tournament’s second all-star team at the third position after curling 80 per cent during the round robin.
Schraeder was a first team all-star at the Scotties in 2006 and 2007.