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Carey Claims Manitoba Title

By: Bruce Luebke
Posted: January 13, 2014 06:51

  The wait is finally over for Chelsea Carey.  
  After losing in the Provincial Final two of the last three years, Carey broke through on Sunday at Tundra Oil & Gas Place in Virden, beating Kerri Einarson 6-2 in the final of the Provincial Women's Curling Championship.  
  Three in the ninth end broke open a tight game and helped Carey earn her first trip to the National Scotties Tournament of Hearts.  
  "We weren't nervous.  We just felt calm," said Carey afterward, "We just felt that we'd made our peace with the fact that we might lose, but it was just our turn."  
  Even in victory, Carey's run to the title was anything but easy.  
  She lost her final round-robin game to Einarson and then beat Darcy Robertson in a tiebreaker to make the playoff round.  
  Carey when downed Janet Harvey in the 2-versus-2 playoff game and bounced Barb Spencer 8-2 in Sunday's semifinal.  
  The Carey team members have all lost finals before.  
  Carey and second Kristen Foster have lost two, lead Lindsay Titheridge has lost three and third Kristy McDonald have lost four previous Manitoba finals.  
   But the heartache of losing the final has now been transferred to Kerri Einarson, who was undefeated for the week prior to Sunday's championship game.  
  "It makes me want it bad," said Einarson, "I want to be back, I want to play in that final again and win it."  
  The Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women's Curling Championship will be held in Montreal from February 1-9.  
  Other teams to qualify for Nationals over the weekend include Stefanie Lawton in Saskatchewan, Val Sweeting in Alberta, Kesa Van Osch in British Columbia and former Canadian Mixed Champion Allison Flaxey in Ontario.  
  Defending champion Rachel Homan had already been guaranteed a spot as Team Canada.

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