Ne­do­hin knows more pres­sure coming this time at Scot­ties

Pres­sure is on for de­fend­ing cham­pion

Ottawa Citizen - - SPORTS - GRE­GORY STRONG

There will be ris­ing stars, fa­mil­iar faces and veteran curlers in the field at next month’s Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts.

Sev­eral top rinks re­cently qual­i­fied for the 12-team com­pe­ti­tion at Kingston’s K-Rock Cen­tre. Al­berta’s Heather Ne­do­hin is back to de­fend her ti­tle and she’ll be chal­lenged by Man­i­toba’s Jen­nifer Jones, B.C.’s Kelly Scott, Mary-Anne Arse­nault of Nova Sco­tia and Suzanne Birt of Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

Ne­do­hin, who de­feated Scott in last year’s fi­nal in Red Deer, Alta., said she’ll be com­fort­able with the ad­di­tional pres­sure that comes with wear­ing the Maple Leaf jersey as the Team Canada en­try.

“I know what it’s like to play against Team Canada — ev­ery­body raises their game,” Ne­do­hin said Tues­day from Sher­wood Park, Alta. “But that also raises our game.”

Ot­tawa’s Rachel Ho­man has en­joyed a suc­cess­ful sea­son and will get a boost from the home crowd at the Feb. 16-24 event. The Ot­tawa Curl­ing Club skip, who won the na­tional ju­nior ti­tle in 2010, will be mak­ing her sec­ond Scot­ties ap­pear­ance.

The North­west Ter­ri­to­ries/Yukon en­try will be led by Kerry Galusha, who will be com­pet­ing in her 11th Cana­dian cham­pi­onship. Kristie Moore will skip Al­berta and Al­li­son Ross will guide the Que­bec side.

Saskatchewan’s Jill Shu­may and New­found­land and Labrador’s Sta­cie Dev­ereaux are also in the field. New Brunswick’s en­try will be con­firmed Sun­day. Shu­may is mak­ing her tour­na­ment de­but, while Ross and Moore are skip­ping at the Scot­ties for the first time.

The win­ner of the 2013 Scot­ties will rep­re­sent Canada at the March 16-24 world play­downs in Riga, Latvia.

In men’s play, this year’s Tim Hor­tons Brier is sched­uled for March 2-10 at Rex­all Place in Ed­mon­ton. The win­ner of that event will rep­re­sent Canada at the men’s world cham­pi­onship March 30-April 7 at the Save-On-Foods Me­mo­rial Cen­tre in Vic­to­ria.


Al­berta’s Heather Ne­do­hin will try to de­fend her ti­tle when play be­gins Feb. 16 at the Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts in Kingston.

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