Jones 1-3 at Champions Cup


Jennifer Jones (Picture: GSOC/ Anil Mungal) defeated Tabitha Peterson of the United States 9-6 in Thursday's Draw 10.

By: Dylan Chenier

Manitoba's Jennifer Jones picked up her first win of the 2022 Champions Cup on Thursday, defeating the USA's Team Peterson 9-6 in Draw 10.

Thursday's match would see Jones start with the hammer and score an impressive four points to open the game.

After conceding one to Peterson in the second, Jones was able to open up a 7-1 lead early on with a score of three in the third end.

Peterson was not ready to give up without a fight, with the rink responding in the fourth end with a deuce. At the break, Team Jones was ahead 7-3.

Coming back in five, Peterson would continue to cut into Jones' lead with a steal of one. After forcing Jones to one in the sixth, Peterson would go on to score two points in the seventh end to trail by two with one end to go.

Up two with the hammer in the final end, Jones would add a single point to her tally, taking the win 9-6.

With today's result, Jones picks up her first victory of the week at the 2022 Champions Cup in Olds, Alberta. With just one draw remaining, Jones will not make the playoffs, effectively ending the team's career with their final round-robin game set for tomorrow.

With the Jones rink disbanding at the end of the current season, the decorated team will take their final bow on Friday against Sweden's Anna Hassselborg in Draw 13.

Next season, the 2014 Olympic-winning skip will take her talents to the junior rink of Mackenzie Zacharias. Jones will join the team at skip for the upcoming Olympic cycle.

Meanwhile, Jones' long-time lead Kaitlyn Lawes will team up with East St. Paul's Selena Njegovan to skip a new rink out of Manitoba. Lawes will be joined by Jones' current second Jocelyn Peterman.

Dawn McEwen, Jones' lead since 2007, will be retiring from the game at the end of the season. McEwen is considered one of the best female leads of all time.

In their final game of the round-robin, Jones will take on Sweden's Anna Hasselborg, one of the most successful female rinks over the past two Olympic cycles.

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