February 22nd, 2020

Jones gains entry into Hearts field, beats Fleury 8-7 in wild-card game


By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press on February 14, 2020.

MOOSE JAW, Sask. – Jennifer Jones advanced to the main draw of the Canadian women’s curling championship with an 8-7 win over Tracy Fleury in Friday’s wild-card game.

Jones will play in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts for the 15th time in her career starting Saturday.

The six-time champ from Winnipeg will compete as Team Wild Card for the first time since the play-in game was introduced to the tournament format in 2018.

The two top-ranked women’s teams in Curling Canada’s Canadian Team Rankings System (CTRS) that didn’t win their province or territory got another chance at the Hearts in the sudden-death play-in game.

Fleury was ranked No. 1 and Jones No. 3 in Friday’s all-Manitoba affair. Fleury scored three in the ninth end to draw even.

Jones had last-rock advantage coming home. The skip drew against two Fleury counters for the win.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 14, 2020.

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