Tracy Fleury has captured the Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Fleury, third Selena Njegovan, second Liz Fyfe and lead Kristin MacCuish rallied from an early 5-1 deficit and defeated Kerri Einarson 13-7 in the provincial final Sunday at the Gimli Recreation Centre.

The East St. Paul foursome got a single point in the first end but then surrendered a five-ender in the second before rallying to tie the game at 6-6 at the fifth end break.

"It's not an ideal start but if you're going to give up a big end you want it early in the game so we knew we still had lots of time to fight back and we did that," said Fleury.

Fleury stole two in the sixth and never looked back.

"I know we got a five but it was early," said Einarson who had huge support from her hometown fans all week in Gimli. "I know we had to keep at it but we just struggled with draw weight a little bit."

Njegovan, Fyfe and MacCuish captured their first provincial title in 2016 in Beausejour with Einarson throwing the last two rocks.

That team broke up last spring after spending five years together.

Einarson picked up former skips Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard and Briane Meilleur while Njegovan, Fyfe and MacCuish recruited Fleury to handle their teams skipping duties.

"It's not really any different than any other team," said Njegovan when asked how it felt to beat their former skip. "I know we played together for a very long time but you have to put that stuff behind you and just focus on your new team. This is our team now. We're Team Tracy Fleury so we don't really focus on who we're playing ever anyways so this was another game - four players we were playing against."

Fleury represented Ontario at the 2012 Scotties and won the Northern Ontario women’s championship in 2015 & 2018.

Einarson bounced Darcy Robertson of Assiniboine Memorial 11-4 in the semifinal Sunday morning.

Robertson, who went undefeated in the round robin, lost back-to-back playoff games.

Fleury outscored Robertson 8-6 in the 1-2 page playoff game Saturday night.

Fleury, Njegovan, Fyfe and MacCuish will represent Manitoba at the Canadian Women’s Curling Championship in Sydney, Nova Scotia from February 16-24.

It will be Fleury’s fourth trip to the Scotties as she represented Ontario in 2012 and won the Northern Ontario women’s championship in 2015 & 2018.

Einarson will also be in Sydney as her team has already qualified for the wild card game at the Scotties.

CurlManitoba has announced that the 2020 Provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts will be held in Rivers.


photo courtesy CurlManitoba

More Sports News

First Team Toba Medal is Gold

Speedskater Tyson Langelaar of Winnipeg captured Manitoba’s first medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta. Langelaar won gold in the 1,500 meters Saturday afternoon as he finished…

Canada Winter Games Begin in Alberta

Competition has begun at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. Ringette player Alana Lesperance of Winnipeg led the parade of Team Manitoba athletes into the Centrium on Friday night for the…

Jets Snowed Under by Avalanche

The Winnipeg Jets suffered their first regulation home loss of 2019 on Thursday night. Gabriel Landeskog potted his 30th goal of the season and Dominic Toninato scored his first career NHL goal as…

Many Close Games For The Providence Pilots

Both women’s and men’s basketball teams competed in the MCAC Basketball Championships over the weekend, winning their semi-final games but coming up just short in their championship games. The…

Cardiac Kids - Pistons Force Overtime Late Then Win 7th Straight

It's become the recent norm as the Steinbach Pistons scored late in the third to force overtime then grabbed the extra point on Tanner Moles 20th of the year in a 3-2 win over the Selkirk Steelers.…

Selects End Regular Season On High Note

The Eastman AAA Female Selects are heading into the playoffs on a hot streak after wrapping up the regular season with a pair of wins this past weekend. Shootout For Everyone The Selects had a…

CSHL Post-Season Begins

The 2018-2019 Carillon Senior Hockey League’s regular season schedule is over. The reigning champion Ste. Anne Aces clinched first place and the Lac du Bonnet Blues forfeited their final two games…

Weekend Recap: Extra Time Needed To Keep Winning Streak Alive

It was a wild weekend for the Steinbach Pistons as they battled back against both the Virden Oil Capitals and the Neepawa Natives to push their winning streak to six games. Freaky Friday It was a…

Carruthers, McEwen, Samagalski & Hodgson Win Viterra Championship

As opposing skips, they faced each other four times over the last four years in the final of the Manitoba Men’s Curling Championship with each winning the Purple Heart twice. Now as teammates Reid…

Carruthers Qualifies for Viterra Final

Reid Carruthers, Mike McEwen, Derek Samagalski and Colin Hodgson are one win away from a trip to the Brier next month in Brandon. The West St. Paul foursome defeated Jason Gunnlaugson of the Morris…

Carruthers & Gunnlaugson Advance to 1-2 Page Playoff Game

Reid Carruthers of West St. Paul and Jason Gunnlaugson of the Morris Curling Club will meet in the 1-2 page playoff game at the 2019 Viterra Manitoba Men’s Curling Championship in Virden. Carruthers,…

Day Three of the Viterra Championship

2019 Viterra Provincial Men’s Curling [email protected] VirdenFriday, February 8thDraw #9"A" Side QualifiersBraden Calvert, Assiniboine Memorial 10 William Lyburn, Granite 5Cory Chambers, Lorette 6 Terry…

Steinbachonline.com is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Sunday, February 17th

HTJHL
Quarterfinals
Lorette at Grunthal, 7 p.m.
(Comets lead best of 5 series 1-0)
St. Adolphe at Steinbach, 7 p.m.
(series tied 1-1)

MFMHL
Eastman at Wpg Ice, 6:30 p.m
(Ice lead best of 5 quarterfinal 2-0)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Kenora 2 Eastman 1
Southwest 8 Interlake 0
Brandon 8 Norman 2
Wpg Wild 10 Parkland 0
Wpg Bruins 4 Central Plains 2
Yellowhead 10 Pembina Valley 0

U17 Midget Prep Hockey League
Eastman 2 Wpg Sharks 2 (tie)

Hockey Manitoba
Senior AAA Championship
Ste. Anne vs Norway House
@ Sagkeeng, 7:30 p.m.
(Aces lead best of 3 semifinal 1-0)

AHL
Milwaukee 6 Manitoba 5

NHL
Pittsburgh 6 N.Y. Rangers 5
St. Louis 4 Minnesota 0
New Jersey 4 Buffalo 1
Philadelphia 3 Detroit 1
Montreal at Florida, 6 p.m.
Washington at Anaheim, 8 p.m.

Monday, February 18th

HTJHL
Quarterfinals
Springfield vs Mitchell
@ Oakbank, 7 p.m.
(Mohawks lead best of 5 series 2-1)

MJHL
Winkler at Steinbach, 2:30 p.m.
Neepawa at Selkirk, 4 p.m.
Virden at Portage, 4:30 p.m.
Swan Valley at Wayway, 6 p.m.

Hockey Manitoba
Senior AAA Championship
Norway House at Ste. Anne, 6:30 p.m.
(game 3 if necessary)

WHL
Swift Current at Brandon, 2:30 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba vs Milwaukee
@ Wpg, 2 p.m.

NHL
Arizona at Calgary, 3 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Columbus, 6:30 p.m.
Ottawa at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Vegas at Colorado, 8 p.m.
Boston at San Jose, 9 p.m.
Washington at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.

Login