History has been made at the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Is there more coming?
The 2013 Canadian women's curling championship, underway in Kingston, Ontario, has reached the Draw 10 stage with three undefeated teams. According to TSN, that's never happened before.
Ontario's Rachel Homan, Manitoba's Jennifer Jones and defending champion Heather Nedohin all come into Wednesday with perfect 6 and oh records.
Something's about to give.
Nedohin and Jones meet this afternoon in a rematch of last year's semi-final, won by Nedohin on a measure in the tenth end.
Both skips feigned interest in the impending clash, when asked to comment for the Scotties "Heart Chart" daily newspaper:
“Do we play them next?” deadpanned Jones. Nedohin was equally as obtuse. “Who do we play?” she asked. Manitoba was the answer. “And at what time?” Nedohin wondered.
2:00 pm Eastern, actually. One of these skips is about to taste defeat for the first time at this year's version of The Scotties. The other will continue to chase a perfection that hasn't been attained at this tournament since 1985.
That's when TSN analyst Linda Moore, representing British Columbia, would go 10 and oh in the round robin and earn a berth in the final. She won that, too, to compile a record of 11 and oh.
At the modern Scotties, teams play 11 round robin games. That's been in effect since 1986, with Moore and Marilyn Darte (Bodogh) both going 10 and 1 that year. That record has been replicated nine times since, with no one able to go 11 and oh. Most recently, Alberta's Shannon Kleibrink turned the trick in 2008.
At that same time as today's Nedohin/Jones clash, Homan takes on Saskatchewan's Jill Shumay, who has slipped two games back of the pack, with a record of 4 and 2.
Interesting scenarios are developing here. Should Homan and Jones win, that will set up a match between the remaining two undefeated teams on Thursday morning.
Should Nedohin and Homan win, and continue to do so, their meeting in the final draw of the round-robin on Thursday night would pit two undefeated teams battling for first place.
As you might imagine, with their teams all at 6 and oh thus far, Homan, Nedohin and Jones lead the statistics at skip, with Homan first at 86% and Nedohin and Jones right behind, each at 85%.
Team-wise, Manitoba leads at 85%, Team Canada is second at 83% and Ontario is third at 82%.
UPDATE: Homan defeated Jill Shumay's Saskatchewan rink, 8-2, while Jones defeated Nedohin, 8-5. Jones and Homan remain undefeated (7 and 0) and are scheduled to meet on Thursday morning , at 9 am ET. You could say that's 'something's gotta give, part II.'