Great start for Strong: Newfoundland wins both its games on first day of Scotties

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Veteran skip also tops Hot Shots competition

Heather Strong of Newfoundland and Labrador used the shot of the day — a raised angle takeout on her final shot — to beat Quebec’s Allison Ross 5-4 on Saturday, the opening day of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s curling championship


From left: Heather Strong, Laura Strong, Jessica Cunnigham and Kathryn Cooper

The win gave Strong and team of sister Laura Strong, Jessica Cunningham and Kathryn Cooper a 2-0 record after the first day of the Scotties competition at Maurice Richard Arena.

Strong, who curls out of Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club in St. John’s, had won the Ford Hot Shots pre-tournament skills competition Saturday morning and feels it may have helped her against Quebec.

"A lot of the (Hot Shots) are indicative of what you face in game, so I referred back to that a lot," said Strong, who is skipping for the 11th time at the Scotties.

 "I felt good when I threw it, but I was coming off missing the one right before it, so I was a little torn.

"We were exhausted. It was late back home. There were the opening ceremonies, we were in the Hot Shots right through. It was a long day, so to pull off that second win was awesome."

Strong had won her first match by taking a 6-2 lead after six ends, then holding off a charge from Nova Scotia's Heather Smith for an 8-5 victory at the Maurice Richard Arena.

Val Sweeting of Alberta was also at 2-0.

Noelle Thomas-Kennell is the spare, while Geoff Cunningham is the coach for the Strong rink, which plays Ontario at 3:30 p.m. today and the Yukon-Territories tonight at 8:30.

Organizations: Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club, Ford Hot Shots

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Quebec, Nova Scotia Alberta Ontario

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