Victory leads to berth in Olympic Trials
© Katie Brickman
The Stefanie Lawton rink claimed the Capital One Canada Cup of Curling title over the Jennifer Jones rink on Sunday at Mosaic Place. The team includes (L-R) coach Rick Folk, alternate Andrea Rudulier, lead Marliese Kasner, second Sherri Singler, third Sherry Anderson and skip Stefanie Lawton. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
It was the perfect ending to an almost perfect week for the Stefanie Lawton rink. After going 5-1 in the round robin, the Lawton team wrapped up their weekend as the Capital One Canada Cup of Curling winner.
The lone Saskatchewan rink defeated the Jennifer Jones rink 6-4 in the women’s final draw on Sunday at Mosaic Place. Lawton is the first team to win three Canada Cup titles. They won previously in 2008 and 2010.
“It feels great. We came in wanting to play strong and steady and that’s what we did,” said lead Marliese Kasner.
The rink not only won the title, but also a berth into the Roar of the Rings Olympic Trials in Winnipeg in December 2013.
“It is nice to grab that Trial berth early and have that home town support, it has just been phenomenal,” stated second Sherri Singler. “It is just awesome to be in our home province and really come through on a goal that we’ve had for the last year or two.”
Skip Stefanie Lawton was strong throughout the game, making some sensational shots after Kaitlyn Lawes, skip for the Jones rink applied pressure and made Lawton make some difficult shots.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game out there and we knew we had to play really well against them,” stated Lawton. “We saw them last night (Saturday) in the semifinal and Kaitlyn was curling unbelievable. We knew we had to bring it and we definitely did that.”
Lawton had hammer to start and was able to score one in the first end. With four rocks around the house, Lawes drew to the button to score one and tie the game after two ends. The Lawton rink seemed to take control after the third end, scoring a deuce to take a 3-1 lead.
“There was one end where we didn’t bring one right to the T-line to set up the deuce. After the double she made and then I hit and rolled out and that was basically the game there,” explained Lawes. “We had two good opportunities (in the final end). Stef was playing lights out and made it difficult to get things going.”
Lawes scored one in the fourth end to close the gap, but a great shot by Lawton with her last rock in the fifth end through two guards brought the score to 4-2. The two teams would exchange points in the sixth and seventh ends and Lawes scored one in the eighth end to come within one. They blanked the ninth end, which allowed Lawton to keep the hammer going into the 10th end, where she scored one on her last shot straight to the button.
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