Registered: Jan 2009
Location: Hovel of Fame
Originally posted by Deliverer
Too bad Lawes did not follow up her success in the Juniors by assembling her own team in 2009.
She would have achieved soo much more.
Kaitlyn wasn't ready to assume full women's skipping duties after her brilliant junior career. Jones had obviously come to loggerheads w/ Cathy O and was looking for a Manitoba-based replacement.
Kaitlyn's early work for Jones was effective, maybe not quite as clutch as Cathy O but overall the team was re-energized - they've won Scotties, Worlds & Olympic titles w/ Kaitlyn in tow.
Now, with Jennifer's game finally showing obvious deterioration the question is how long will Kaitlyn plug on vicing for an obviously ailing Jones? The answer is easy - this year will probably be the last - mainly because Team JJ has the auto-berth at the Scotties. Jones is on an island if she finishes the year poorly and refuses to medal at the STOH.
Sponsorships & the auto-berth will keep them together for 2018-19. Whether Jones has Kaitlyn, Joss & Dawn under contract for future years is another question.
What Jones will NEVER do - she won't elevate Lawes to 4th stones . . . .that would soil Jones' legacy. So they'll plug on.
Its not an Olympic year anyways, nor is it a lead up year. Points are always important but not that much this year.
Can see Kaitlyn cutting herself free from Jones chains next year. One possible team would be Lawes - skip, Peterman - 3rd, Jill Officer 2nd, Dawn - lead.
Although Peterman was a promising skip/3rd in juniors don't know if she's ready (or able) to step up to top level play on the tee.
Kaitlyn hasn't turned 30 yet. Remember, Jones didn't grab her first STOH til she was 30.
Kaitlyn would have her choice of players and/or teams to skip or play 3rd for if Jones folds her cards.
In womens curling there's only a few "movie star" players. Kaitlyn is near top of the list - others obviously include Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Princess Eve, JJ (even in her decline), Courtney, Anna Hasselborg, a few more.
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