Sunday, January 31, 2010

Growth and Change at the Scott

I'm struck by the evolutionary process at 2010 Scott Tournament of Hearts. On the one hand, it is nice to see some of the familiar faces, including Team Canada (Jones, et al), and Kelly Scott's rink from BC. On the other hand it is great to see some new (or at least less familiar) competition from PEI, Alberta, and Quebec, in particular.

The TSN coverage on Saturday, showing the Thurston rink from the juniors, nearly 20 years ago, was eye-popping: Kelly Scott was the lead, Jennifer Jones was the vice, and Jill Thurston was the skip. What a team!

Unfortunately, Thurston missed a couple shots back then, as skip, and lost the world junior championships as a result. And again, yesterday, she came up light SO often, it was surprising. Finally, she announced, "I'm not throwing those rocks again!", which was a point the TSN announcers had made, too. It will be interesting to see if she can bounce back as the tournament progresses.

It also was nice to see the interview in the stands with Lorraine Lang, formerly with the Ontario rink. It was a nice sense of tradition and continuity.



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