Strong rink slipping at Scotties

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Heather Strong releases a stone during a Draw 11 match against Alberta's Val Sweeting Wednesday at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts national women's curling championship in Montreal. Strong and her team of Laura Strong, Jessica Cunningham and Kathryn Cooper fell 9-5 and then lost 7-3 to Saskatchewan's Stefanie Lawton.

The Heather Strong rink, Newfoundland and Labrador's team, dropped two games at the Scotties Tournament of Heart national women's curling championship in Montreal on Wednesday.

Strong was down 3-2 heading into the fifth end when Alberta's Val Sweeting scored three. The Alberta skip stole a deuce in six and a single in the seventh end. Strong picked up three of her own in the eighth, but it was too little, too late as she lost 9-5.

Things didn’t get any better in the Draw 12 in the afternoon when Strong dropped a 7-3 decision to Saskatchewan’s Stefanie Lawton. After trading singles in the first and second end, Lawton picked up deuce in four and stole two more in five to pull away.

The two losses drop Strong and her rink of Laura Strong, Jessica Cunningham and Kathryn Cooper to 4-5 heading into Thursday when they’ll meet British Columbia’s Kesa Van Osch in Draw 14 at 10:30 Newfoundland time and Team Canada’s Rachel Homan in Draw 16 at 9 p.m.

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, Montreal Saskatchewan Columbia Canada

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  • Neil
    February 06, 2014 - 14:25

    NL just can't compete with the big 4 or 5. Her first number of games were against weaker teams. When she faced the stronger contending teams, she got out played. Simple as that. We are such a small province and can compete with most but not the top 4. I think she did the province very proud. Great Job Heather.

  • another Jack
    February 06, 2014 - 12:54

    Yes Sam, it would be great to live in the perfct world of owing your own business, or employed by someone who will give unlimited time off work to travel for the sake of sport. Did you think of the cost of travel every two or three weekends a month to go to these events? I agree, inconsistant is a problem for the team. Also being able to have the same team from year to year. We seam to always come down on our own. Look at team Smith, supposed to be a top contender! The teams that went the last years ,when Strong did not, didn't do any better. I would love to see if Devereaux, Guzzwell, Nichols and Strong could do something as a team.????

  • heartbreaker
    February 06, 2014 - 12:38

    here we go again major choke job. Just can't finish the job and should have been one one the stongest teams there

  • Sam Kershwanian
    February 06, 2014 - 07:08

    Not sure what it is with the Strong team as they lack consistency. This has always been an issue and not related to the new players that have been added. Even in first 3 games they had comfy leads only to let the opposition back into the game, and they were among the weaker teams. It was obvious they were going to have a tougher second half. To compete in curling these days you have to commit to full year of travel and bonspiels, similar to what Gushue is doing.. With all the new and younger teams at the Scotties, this was Strongs year to make playoffs but not going to happen. These younger teams seem to have a lot more competitive experience and are ready for this level of competition.

  • Jack
    February 06, 2014 - 06:05

    I think the big problems with the Heather Strong rink are their inconsistencies, inability to take advantage of big chances, poor front ends, and their hot/cold performance. This rink is so inconsistent that even much weaker, poor quality, and inexperienced teams are crushing Newfoundland and Labrador. As a result of their front end incompetence, blowing big chances, and performance inconsistencies, its no wonder why Heather Strong rink have lost four games in a row as well as losing to poor quality or inexperienced teams like Manitoba, New Brunswick, or even Alberta. If Heather Strong wants to get further in future Scotties Tournament of Hearts, they have to start being consistent and start proving they are a true veteran team as opposed to losing to rookie or poor quality rinks all the time.