Team Tirinzoni lead Marlene Albrecht, left, and second Esther Neuenschwander sweep their skip’s throw. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO
Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones is in Olympic form.
Jones foursome of third Kaitlyn Lawes, second Jill Officer and lead Dawn McEwen doubled up Switzerland’s Team Tirinzoni 8-4 in each rink’s final round-robin match of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling Masters competition at the Centennial Civic Centre on Friday afternoon. The reigning Olympic gold medallist started her team’s final round-robin game strong by forcing skip Silvana Tirinzoni (2-2) into a tough position on her last shot in the first end.
“We made a decent freeze on my first one and got a little bit fortunate,” said Jones, who moved to 4-0 with the win. “She had a tricky double to take out three and just missed it. So, we were a little bit fortunate for the steal, but we’ll take it.”
Tirinzoni tied the score in a hard-fought second end hitting Jones rock off the four-foot on her final shot and sticking her own. Jones came right back with the hammer in the third to go up 4-1.
“The girls made some great shots in front of me and the angles were looking really good,” she said. “We made really a decent shot on my first one to force them to make a tough shot and unfortunately for them the angles didn’t quite work out and we had the tap back for three.”
Tirinzoni’s team of third Manuela Siegrist, second Esther Neuenschwander and lead Marlene Albrecht battled back for a deuce in the fourth end. The club then stole the tying point in the fifth by leaving Jones with a tough knockout near the button that the skip managed to connect with, but not remove as the counter.
Neuenschwander managed a triple knockout early in the sixth end to eliminate all of Jones rocks near and in the house only to see her opponent then use Tirinzoni’s own guards to her advantage.
Lawes started the play with a couple of shots that curled around Tirinzoni’s into the rings before Jones scored the deuce with a hit and stick on her opponent’s counter.
Tirinzoni had a chance to bring the score to within one in the seventh setting up a hit and stick on a Jones rock on a side of the four-foot only to roll out giving the latter a steal of two. The two teams exchanged handshakes following the throw.
“You just want to make your opponents make tough shots and see if maybe you’ll get a couple of misses out of them,” said Jones. “As long as you’re making good shots, that’s all you can do.”
Masters day four notes: Jamie Sinclair (2-2) beat Anna Sidorova 8-4 in a tiebreaker to set her team up for a quarter-final match against Jones. Anna Hasselborg (3-1) will face Casey Scheidegger (3-1), Kerri Einarson (4-0) has a date with Tirinzoni and Eve Muirhead (3-1) will take the ice against Alina Paetz (3-1). Mike McEwen (2-2) earned a playoff berth with an 8-2 win versus Thomas Ulsrud and will now face Brad Jacobs (4-0) in the quarter finals. Brad Gushue (4-0) will take on Peter De Cruz (2-2), Niklas Edin (3-1) is set to face Reid Carruthers (3-1) and Kevin Koe (4-0) has earned a match against Jason Gunnlaugson (2-2).