Arsenault, Jones, Kelly, Delahunt on Olympic quest
One of the best teams in curling history is setting out once again in an attempt to add the Olympics to its resume.
Mary-Anne Arsenault, Colleen Jones, Kim Kelly and Nancy Delahunt are back together, sort of, with an aggressive 2012-13 season they hope leads to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and eventually a shot at being the Canadian women’s entry for 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Arsenault, 44, is the skip and it’s her team. Jones, 52, will be the third and Kelly, 50, the second.
Delahunt, 53, is the alternate and will serve as team manager. Jennifer Baxter, 25, will throw lead stones.
The team of Jones, the only skip with six Canadian women’s titles, Kelly, Arsenault and Delahunt won five Canadian titles and two world titles between 1999-2004. They split up at the end of the 2006 season with the combination of Arsenault, Kelly and Delahunt winning Nova Scotia provincials in 2008.
“It’s been great, lots of laughs,” Arsenault said this week as the team prepared for a season-opening bonspiel this weekend in Sackville, N.B. “Certainly there is a familiarity to everything. I’m trying to expand Colleen’s aggressiveness and she’s trying to rein in my aggressiveness. I think somewhere we’ll meet in the middle and it will work.”
“I think it’s awesome,” said Jones. “It feels great out there. We have this comfort together that comes from having spent over a decade together.”