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quote:Originally posted by Manitoba Legend Jones should have bagged Val for a quad in 3 - but JJ is no longer able to hit the broom on command - plus she throws a Johnny Mo smoker when heavy hack woulda done the job!
An amazing team crippled by poor ice-reading and a gradually deteriorating skip. Kaitlyn Lovely missing a ton of shots, too!
Isn't it crazy how the team that continues to be maligned as declining in shotmaking is the champion and the team that they were ready to rename the facility for for winning her fourth title was not there in the end. Congrats Jen and crew.
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Love all 3 top Canadian teams - but they sure present so differently. Here's how:
Sweeting - they appear almost too-relaxed on-ice; almost Jeff Stoughton flippant at times; Dana is seen to be laughing after many shots, Lori O. has almost adopted the Kelly Scott habit of congratulating her sweepers - even if they didn't sweep! Rachel is still a top lead. Val has evolved into a much cooler and calculated skip - who calls upon her mates much less as the years go on. Its really must grate on Val that she failed to win Alberta this year - Kleibrink closed her career with a phenomenal week. VS still needs to work on her basic shots (misses too many) and getting more comfortable mired in a wall of granite connected to the pin (the style both her main competitors in Canada now specialize in)
Jones - still the same old JJ. She can make honey out of mince-meat. Knows the game like no other. Plays as if the arena, the officials, the media are all her hires - its her film and the rest of us are just actors in it. As far as Sweeting being criticized for being TOO LOOSE - its apparent to everyone watching that JJ & comrades are the opposite - WY TOO TIGHT. Every shot is life or death, way too many apologies for brutally missed shots. Yet she wins. Mostly because she understands the complicated crazy 8's game she resides over. All said, she's still a threat in most every game she plays (even at 43) but increasing concerns over her ability to call ice & line correctly (her most profound weaknesses). Her front end is still her ally but they've learned to tune her out ("whatever you want, Jen") and its frightening to see how uncertain she is at times during early to middle ends (calling Lawes down so often and eventually settling for her own call anyways). Olympic Trials could be interesting as all git out if Jones comes in on-form. But position to position she can no longer stand up to Homan's team analytically speaking.
Homan - this was the best a Canadian women's team has looked in many a year. Homan appears to have fully overcome her inner awkwardness/shyness and has blossomed into a full ice general. The partnership with her life-long friend Emma makes their game fairly seamless. So many teams tried to torment them this year but they stood tall and had one of the greatest curling seasons in women's history. Englot, at 53 somehow powered up this season - and almost nipped Rachel at the finish line but Homan somehow withstood it. TEAM HOMAN IS EASILY THE MOST CLINICALLY PREPARED TEAM IN CURLING (BOTH PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY). Joanne Courtney has gradually built herself into the best brusher in the game - and amazingly attentive - NOW SHE'S ALSO THE TOP 2ND IN THE GAME. Weagle at 33 could be a minor concern but she's still darn good. PART OF THEIR CLINICAL NEAR-PERFECTION IS THE GREAT SYNCHRONICITY BETWEEN EMMA & RAYTCH WHEN IT COMES TO LINE AND ICE-READING. They bury JJ in this area - and are ahead of Val & Lori Johns.
An on-form Homan (they were played out by the Players this week) should be able to confront and repulse all attempts to dethrone them. Jones will have to sort out a variety of small problems that have beset her. Sweeting just has to be more consistent to contend. I don't like Carey's chances as she brings another head-strong player into the fold (Cathy O filling for Rowdy Amy Nixon)...... to me the main threats could come from Alberta's new powerhouses (Rocque or Schiedegger, Rocque still has to make her way thru pre-trials) or Flaxey from Ontario. I don't think the old guard like Middugh and/or Kleibrink.
Here's my top 4 at Trials
Teams like Carey, FLaxey, etc. will be around 4-4.
Carey could keep falling and might not even get a spot at the trials when all is said and done, I think Fleury could very well overtake them in the 2 year, if they do not should still make it in pre-trials, Middaugh has had a strong season, they could maybe be a bit of a surprise and grab the a spot, Harrison and Tippin have also had good seasons and are probably contenders for a spot.
quote:Originally posted by Stoner Carey could keep falling and might not even get a spot at the trials when all is said and done, I think Fleury could very well overtake them in the 2 year, if they do not should still make it in pre-trials, Middaugh has had a strong season, they could maybe be a bit of a surprise and grab the a spot, Harrison and Tippin have also had good seasons and are probably contenders for a spot.
Carey is in...........all 6 spots are filled the 2 remaining spots will be filled at the Road to the Roar....