Dartmouth’s Nancy McConnery opens the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s curling championship on Saturday with a pair of games in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

McConnery, who is competing in her fifth career Scotties and is making her second straight trip to the event, faces Quebec in the opening draw at 4 p.m. before going up against the Northwest-Yukon territories at 8:30 p.m.

Her rink, featuring third Jennifer Crouse, second Sheena Gilman, lead Jill Thomas and alternate Kelly MacIntosh, won its second straight provincial title with a victory over Mary-Anne Arsenault in Liverpool earlier this month.

Last year, McConnery won the provincial title with a surprising upset win over Arsenault after recovering from a torn meniscus but went 2-9 at the national tournament.

Defending champion Jennifer Jones of Manitoba is the obvious favourite at the event as Team Canada.

The final is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 7, at 3:30 p.m.

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