Curling

Justin Piercy - Thursday Dec. 5, 2013 10:10 ET

Roar of the Rings women's draw could see wild finish

Scenarios could see 5-way ties at Olympic curling trials

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Jennifer Jones, top, may have clinched a spot in the Canadian Olympic curling trial final, but (from left to right) Heather Nedohin, Rachel Homan, Sherry Middaugh, Chelsea Carey and Val Sweeting are all vying to face her. (Canadian Press/CBCSports.ca)

Well, one thing is for sure on the women's side of the Canadian Olympic curling trials in Winnipeg. 

Jennifer Jones's hometown rink will play in the final, and a win there will see them represent Canada at the Sochi Olympics.

But as to who will play them, that's about as clear as mud.

Thursday afternoon may or may not help clear up who will finish second and third, and play in Friday night's semifinal at the MTS Centre.

Renee Sonnenberg (1-5) is out of the running, and Stefanie Lawton (2-4) is an extreme long-shot, but how they perform on Thursday afternoon could decide who still has a chance to go to Sochi.

Here's how the standings look after six games:

  • Jennifer Jones (5-1)*
  • Chelsea Carey (4-2)
  • Sherry Middaugh (3-3)
  • Rachel Homan (3-3)
  • Val Sweeting (3-3)
  • Heather Nedohin (3-3)
  • Stefanie Lawton (2-4)
  • Renee Sonnenberg (1-5)

(*denotes clinched 1st-overall)

Thursday's games:

  • Jones vs. Nedohin
  • Carey vs. Middaugh
  • Lawton vs. Homan
  • Sonnenberg vs. Sweeting

With these matchups, there's a pair of  "What if" scenarios that could make for a bit of 5-way tie drama.

1. Five-way tie for second place:

If Nedohin beats Jones, Middaugh beats Carey, Homan beats Lawton, and Sweeting beats Sonnenberg, that would leave five teams with a record of 4-3.

Head-to-head matchups would determine who holds second-place, while the other four teams would play tie-breakers for third place.

2. Five-way tie for third place:

If Carey wins, she'd lay claim to second place, and drop Middaugh to 3-4. Then, if Homan falls to Lawton, Nedohin loses to Jones, and Sonnenberg drops Sweeting, you'd have five teams at 3-4.

Fans interested in watching the tie-breaker might want to take a nap first. The first tie-breaker time is set for Thursday night at 10 p.m. CT (11 p.m. ET).

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