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Berwick's Jennifer Smith will play for medal in women's curling at Canada Games


PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Nova Scotia's best bet for a gold medal at the Canada Games may be in female curling.

Team Fay, the Nova Scotia female curling team skipped by Mary Fay of Chester, entered the Feb. 27 semifinal with a perfect 5-0 record.

Jenn Smith of Berwick is playing mate with the rink and former Berwick resident Karlee Burgess is second stone. The team improved to 5-0 with a 7-5 win over New Brunswick in the late draw Feb. 26, their final round robin game.

Nova Scotia led 7-2 after seven ends. New Brunswick scored one in the eighth, then stole two in the ninth. The game was called at that point, with Nova Scotia, which would have had last rock in the tenth, leading by two.

Smith says she was thrilled with the team's 5-0 record in the round robin.

“We don’t look at the record,” she said.  “We’re just very happy to be playing well.”

As for the Games themselves, Smith described the experience as “amazing."

"It has surpassed my expectations," she said. "Some of the highlights have been playing well, the pin trading, cheering on other Nova Scotia athletes in their events, and the fireworks every night.”

Team Fay plays Friday evening at 7 p.m. local time against the winner of a quarter-final earlier in the day between British Columbia and Manitoba.

Smith confirmed that if Team Fay won their semifinal, they would play for gold; if not, they would play for bronze.

Team Fay, the Nova Scotia female curling team skipped by Mary Fay of Chester, entered the Feb. 27 semifinal with a perfect 5-0 record.

Jenn Smith of Berwick is playing mate with the rink and former Berwick resident Karlee Burgess is second stone. The team improved to 5-0 with a 7-5 win over New Brunswick in the late draw Feb. 26, their final round robin game.

Nova Scotia led 7-2 after seven ends. New Brunswick scored one in the eighth, then stole two in the ninth. The game was called at that point, with Nova Scotia, which would have had last rock in the tenth, leading by two.

Smith says she was thrilled with the team's 5-0 record in the round robin.

“We don’t look at the record,” she said.  “We’re just very happy to be playing well.”

As for the Games themselves, Smith described the experience as “amazing."

"It has surpassed my expectations," she said. "Some of the highlights have been playing well, the pin trading, cheering on other Nova Scotia athletes in their events, and the fireworks every night.”

Team Fay plays Friday evening at 7 p.m. local time against the winner of a quarter-final earlier in the day between British Columbia and Manitoba.

Smith confirmed that if Team Fay won their semifinal, they would play for gold; if not, they would play for bronze.

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