by Al Cameron
January 18, 2014 (ISN) – There will be a hometown favourite playing in the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts next month at Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal.
Allison Ross, who plays out of the Glenmore Curling Club in Dollard-des-Ormeaux — just west of Montreal — claimed her second consecutive Quebec Scotties provincial women’s curling championship on Saturday in Val d’Or, beating Kim Mastine of Sherbrooke 7-4 in the championship game.
With the win, Ross, third Melissa Gannon, second Brittany O’Rourke and lead Pamela Nugent will wear Quebec colours at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts when the Canadian women’s curling championship gets underway on Feb. 1.
It will be Ross’s fourth trip to the Scotties; she also represented Ontario in 1999, playing lead for Kim Gellard, and played third for Brenda Nicholls in 2005. Last year, she skipped a slightly different Quebec team (Gannon and Nugent are new to the team) to a 3-8 record in Kingston, Ont.
The rest of the field consists of B.C.’s Kesa van Osch, Alberta’s Val Sweeting, Saskatchewan’s Stefanie Lawton, Manitoba’s Chelsea Carey, Ontario’s Alli Flaxey, New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford, Nova Scotia’s Heather Smith, P.E.I.’s Kim Dolan, Newfoundland/Labrador’s Heather Strong and the Territories’ Sarah Koltun.
For ticket information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/tickets/