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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

World No. 1 Fleury is eliminated in a stunner by the Manitoba Scotties

Key takeaways:

  • Tracy Fleury is the name on your bingo card, and she didn’t even make the Manitoba women’s curling championship playoffs.
  • Jennifer Jones, Kerri Einarson, and Fleury, three of the best teams globally, have dominated Manitoba for many years. 

If you had world No. 1, Tracy Fleury, on your bingo card, and she didn’t even make the playoffs at the Manitoba women’s curling championship, you could be in for some money.

East St. Paul’s Fleury, who finished second in the recent Olympic curling trials, finished 5-3 and missed the playoffs at the Manitoba Scotties in Carberry.

Fleury fell to Mackenzie Zacharias 9-6 in the morning, and despite beating Kristy McDonald 10-9 in the afternoon, it wasn’t enough to get her into the three-team playoffs.

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Fleury, who leads the country in Canadian Team Ranking System points, will still be accepted as a wild-card team into the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Thunder Bay in 2022 but will have to win a play-in game to qualify for the championship. 

Depending on which team wins the Ontario provincial championship, she would play either Rachel Homan or Hollie Duncan if the points were decided today.

Meanwhile, in Thunder Bay, one of Kristy Watling, Kaitlyn Jones, or Zacharias will represent Manitoba.

Zacharias, a former world junior champion who is 22 years old, has a bye to the final. After her 6-5 victory over Jones on Saturday, three teams were tied at 6-2. 

Zacharias takes first place because she beat both Jones and Watling. Watling was 5-0 going into the championship round, but they dropped two of their next three games.

At 10 a.m., Watling and Jones, a former world junior champion, will compete in the semifinal.

On Saturday afternoon, Watling had a chance to win the tournament but was defeated 7-5 by Darcy Robertson of Winnipeg.

Jennifer Jones, Kerri Einarson, and Fleury, three of the best teams globally, have dominated Manitoba for many years. However, Einarson, a member of Team Canada at the Scotties, and Jones, a member of Team Canada at the Olympics, aren’t in Carberry this week, and Fleury didn’t bring her A-game.

Zacharias was a member of a wild card team in the national Scotties in 2021, and it appears that his experience will be useful as the calendar turns to 2022.

Source: Winnipeg Sun

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