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So, who replaces Kaitlyn?
That was the burning question coming out of Jennifer Jones dramatic win at the Manitoba women curling championship in Killarney, Man., on the weekend.
The five time Canadian champion skip needs a new third to replace Kaitlyn Lawes for the national Scotties, Jan.27 Feb. 4, in Penticton.
In the immediate aftermath of her eighth provincial win, Jones provided only a small hint of which way she was leaning.
sit down and figure it out, she said. probably going to get somebody that has a little bit of experience, and somebody that fun to be around. Someone we like. job is probably the most coveted in curling, even if it extremely temporary and the hours and pay are unpredictable.
There are hazards that come with the position, too.
If Jones, a perennial contender for the crown for more than a decade, were to stumble with a new third, guess where the blame would land?
The potential payoff, though: to have your name immortalized as a Canadian champion alongside one of the greatest skips to ever play the game.
Lawes had a not so simple solution in mind.
wish we could clone me and I could be in two places at once, she said. this is the first time in the eight years that I missed a game with the team. It going to be hard to see them playing with someone else.
I so proud of them. They work so hard, and they going to be a great representative, no matter what. hasn had to make a choice like this since she replaced former third Cathy Overton Clapham with Lawes in 2010.
That wasn a rushed, stop gap measure like this is, but it did show Jones has a keen eye for young talent: the move led to her fourth and fifth national titles as a skip and an Olympic gold medal,
four years ago, as Team Jones, including the front end of Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen, became household names from coast to coast.
It be interesting to see if Jones chooses the best shot maker available, perhaps a skip from a Manitoba team she competed against at the provincial Scotties, or the best third she can find.
Her long time fifth, Jennifer Clark Rouire, who skipped her own team to a 3 4 record in Killarney, could be another option.
In order to comply with the sport residency rules, the new player will have to be living in Manitoba. That because three of the four players on a provincial team must live in the province they represent, and Jones already lives in Ontario with her partner, Brent Laing.
Lawes will accompany the team to this week Grand Slam event, the Canadian Open, in Camrose, Alta., but from then on her focus will be on Pyeongchang.
The makeup of Jones team beginning next season remains up in the air.
haven talked about it at this point, Lawes, 29, said. still focused on this season. There still lots of big events left, Grand Slams,
and we really motivated to try and keep our No. 1 ranking in the world. We approach that subject a little later on and see what happens and see how everyone feeling. But it been an amazing eight years so far.