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Val Sweeting beats Jennifer Jones to advance to finals

It’ll be a rematch of last year’s championship in the Home Hardware Canada Cup women’s final Sunday morning. After her tiebreaker win over Sherry Middaugh Saturday morning, Val Sweeting knocked out Jennifer Jones in the semis, securing her spot against Rachel Homan. Sweeting says she hopes the momentum continues with some rest.

“They were playing really well and Jones is a really good team, so we just wanted to come out and bring our ‘A’ game and fortunately that one went our way, so we’re pretty happy with that.”

Going in to Sunday’s match, Sweeting says they’re just going to focus on their own play and feed off of the energy of the crowd, which was largely in their favour Saturday. Jones adds that they weren’t able to get any offence going.

“We just kind of would give them an out every end and they made it; they played great and you can’t give a great team outs. That’s what we did today but all in all we’re happy with our event and hopefully we’ll keep the momentum going into the end of the year.”

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Like Sweeting, Jones will be back in Grande Prairie for the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. She says they’ve loved their time here, and hope the ice is as “fantastic” as this week.

On the other side of the rink, John Epping pushed Carter Rycroft and Pat Simmons out of the running in a 7-5 tiebreaker. The semifinals tonight will be Epping’s third draw of the day, but he gives credit to adrenaline.

“I’m pretty mentally tired, but you’re winning and as long as we’re winning you feel good; I’m sure the guys, they’ve been sweeping everything, so I’m sure they’re pretty tired too, and tight games like that, they take a lot out of you, so we’ll get a chance to regroup quickly and get back at it.”

Epping will be up against Kevin Koe in tonight’s semifinal, the only match up of the night at Revoltion Place, starting at 6:30. The women’s final will be 11 a.m. Sunday, with the men at 5 p.m.


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