Manitoba crowns new women's curling champion
Kerri Einarson is Manitoba's women's curling champion.
Josh Crabb, CTV Winnipeg
Published Monday, January 25, 2016 11:32AM CST
Last Updated Monday, January 25, 2016 11:34AM CST
Kerri Einarson will represent Manitoba at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts next month in Grande Prairie, Alta.
After losing the previous two provincial finals (to Jennifer Jones in 2015 and Chelsea Carey in 2014) the third time was a charm for Einarson at the Sun Gro Centre in Beausejour where she got by Kristy McDonald in the championship game by a final score of 7-4.
Her team made up of third Selena Kaatz (the hometown favourite from Beausejour), second Liz Fyfe and lead Kristin MacCuish rallied after trailing early on in the game.
"The feeling is just awesome,” said Einarson Sunday night after the win. “I am so proud of my team for this week, they played unbelievable and I'm so, so happy to have my very first women's buffalo (crest)."
McDonald was leading the game until the eighth end when Kerri Einarson scored a deuce to tie the match 4-4.
Kaatz said at the point in the game, the team knew they were right back in it.
"The eighth end when Kerri made that hit for two we all just said ‘sixteen more good shots,’” said Kaatz.
In the ninth end, Einarson stole three to take a commanding 7-4 lead.
Einarson ran McDonald out of rocks in the tenth end to capture her first women’s provincial title.
She will be joined by Jennifer Jones at the national Scotties.
As winners of last year’s Canadian women’s curling championship, Team Jones will represent Canada at the event.