Jennifer Jones advances to Manitoba Scotties final

Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones in action at the 2017 BOOST National in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. (Anil Mungal)

Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones has drawn one step closer to another Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts title.

The seven-time provincial champion defeated Kerri Einarson of East St. Paul 9-5 during Saturday night’s Page playoff 1 vs. 1 game in Killarney to advance straight to the final.

Einarson drops to the semifinal to face Winnipeg’s Darcy Robertson for another opportunity to reach the championship game and a rematch against Jones.

The provincial champion will represent Manitoba at the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts running Jan. 27 to Feb. 4 in Penticton, B.C.


Watch the Manitoba Scotties semifinal Sunday at 9:30 a.m. ET on Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE followed by the final at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet East, Ontario, Pacific and Sportsnet ONE.


The 2016 Manitoba champion Einarson, who went 7-0 through the Asham Express Red round-robin pool, opened with the hammer and pulled out to a 2-0 advantage with a single in the second followed by a steal in the third.

Jones, who topped the Asham Black round-robin pool at 6-1, took two in the fourth to tie it and stole a pair in the fifth to swipe a 4-2 lead at the midway mark.

The teams alternated pairs of points in six and seven and split singles in eight and nine as Jones maintained the two-point gap, up 7-5, coming home. Einarson held the hammer in the 10th end, but it was Jones who managed to tack two more on the board.

Meanwhile, Robertson scored a deuce in an extra end to edge Winnipeg’s Joelle Brown 9-7 during the Page playoff 2 vs. 2 game. Robertson posted a 6-1 record in Asham Express Red while Brown finished at 5-2 in Asham Black.

Robertson stunned the 2014 Olympic gold medallist Jones in the Manitoba Scotties semifinals a year ago. It was the first time Jones entered provincials and did not emerge victorious since 2004.

Reigning Manitoba champion Michelle Englot is not defending the title as her Winnipeg-based club has already earned a return trip to nationals as Team Canada. Ottawa’s Rachel Homan beat Englot during last year’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts final but had to decline the auto-berth as her team is off to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.