Your! Call: Which team will win this year's Scotties?

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2/15/2013 8:47:10 PM
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The field at this year's Scotties Tournament of Hearts has a little bit of everything.

There are the familiar names who have enjoyed year's of success, both nationally and internationally. There are rinks that have been here before but have yet to break through. And some teams will be making their first appearance at Canada's national championship.

Which team do you think will win this year's Scotties Tournament of Hearts?

Manitoba's Jennifer Jones has won four Scotties titles in 10 chances while B.C.'s Kelly Scott has made eight appearances and come out on top twice along with one world championship. And then, there's defending champion Heather Nedohin of Alberta, who will wear Team Canada's colours this year.

There is one team that has been here many times before but this time has a different look. Nova Scotia's skip is Mary-Anne Arsenault, the former second with Colleen Jones on a rink that won five Scotties titles in six years starting in 1999. Jones, who will be making her record 21st appearance, now throws second stones and plays vice while long-time third Kim Kelly is back in her old position. They know what it takes to win.

PEI's Suzanne Birt (Gaudet) and Ontario's Rachel Homan are two young skips that have yet to win a Scotties but are consistently knocking on the door. This could be the year they break through.

New Brunswick's Andrea Crawford (Kelly), Stacie Devereaux of Newfoundland and Labrador as well as Kerry Galusha from the Northwest Territories have also qualified for the Scotties before.

The field is rounded out by rookie skips Kristie Moore of Alberta, who played second for Heather Nedohin in juniors and was the alternate on Cheryl Bernard's silver medal-winning Olympic rink in 2010, Saskatchewan's Jill Shumay and Quebec's Allison Ross.

It's an impressive field and it will take a conistent week of curling to win it all.

Which team do you think will win this year's Scotties Tournament of Hearts?

As always, it's Your! Call.

Heather Nedohin (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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