by Margo Weber
EDMONTON – Okay, so with one round robin game left, this is how it shakes down today on the women’s side.
Cheryl Bernard has a bye to the final by virtue of her 6-0 record. Shannon Kleibrink has a bye to the semi.
This is where it gets fun. Amber Holland, Krista McCarville and Stephanie Lawton are all at 3-3. They all play different teams and if they all LOSE – they bring in Crystal Webster and possibly Jennifer Jones, both at 2-4… Webster in this scenario would win her game, and Jones would then have to win hers as well in order to be included in the mix.
Let me paint the picture for you. This is very unlikely.
You see with all three of the 3-3 teams needing to lose in order for this scenario to work, Lawton needs to beat the wrecking ball that is Cheryl Bernard. Then Holland has to lose to Kelly Scott, and McCarville has to lose to Webster. Then we are looking at tiebreakers.
So we will watch here at 1:00pm and see what happens. The Bernard and Kleibrink squads likely have no interest in showing any mercy, so it should be fun to see the other teams scramble for what is still technically possible. The only team out of contention at this point is Kelly Scott.
And if Jones beats Kleibrink that then brings them into the mix too. So Jennifer Jones has to hope for every single sheet to go her way in order to have a chance at some tiebreakers and the Olympic Winter Games.
I would like to take a moment to breathe a sigh of relief at not making predictions this week. And I shall point out that on this here TCN blog, Mary Anne Arsenault picked Kelly Scott to win… and Cheryl Bernard to come in last.
This is how close this field is.
[CCA photo of Jennifer Jones by Michael Burns]