British Columbia’s Wark upsets Manitoba’s Fleury in Scotties tiebreaker

British Columbia’s Wark upsets Manitoba’s Fleury in Scotties tiebreaker
SYDNEY, N.S.—British Columbia’s Sarah Wark has earned the final spot in the championship round at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

The Scotties rookie defeated Manitoba’s Tracy Fleury 8-5 in a tiebreaker game Thursday morning at the national women’s curling championship.

Wark (4-3) joined a group from Pool A that includes Alberta’s Chelsea Carey (7-0), Northern Ontario’s Krista McCarville and Ontario’s Rachel Homan (both 5-2).

Team Wild Card’s Casey Scheidegger (6-1) leads the four teams that came out of Pool B. She’s followed by Saskatchewan’s Robyn Silvernagle (5-2), Prince Edward Island’s Suzanne Birt (5-2) and Canada’s Jennifer Jones (4-3).

Fleury struggled from the start of play at Centre 200, wrecking on a guard in the second end to give up a steal of three. She had a chance for a double takeout in the fourth, but the shooter rolled out to settle for a single.

Wark had a nice hit in the fifth end to hang on for a single but Fleury delivered an open hit for two in the sixth to make it a one-point game.

B.C. broke it open in the eighth end as Fleury was heavy with a tapback, giving Wark a steal of three and an 8-3 advantage.

Fleury drew for two in the ninth but Wark made no mistake with hammer coming home and a healthy lead.

The championship round begins Thursday afternoon and continues through Friday night.

The top four teams — with preliminary-round records carrying over — will advance to the Page Playoffs on Saturday. The semifinal and final are set for Sunday.
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