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Thursday, February 26, 2009
World champion Jennifer Jones had the Scotties by the tail two days ago. Now, after losing three of her last four games, she may be scrambling for a playoff spot.
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Winning the Scotties takes toll on the body
It’s survival of the fittest T
he route to Victoria didn’t start this week. It began months ago, with more than 15,000 competitors at the zone, regional and provincial levels. The ultimate prize, of course, will be a trip to Korea to the 2009 Women’s World Championships. The Scotties (or any national, for that matter) is a lengthy event, where survival of the fittest wins the war. Being prepared, physically and mentally, is of utmost importance. Teams spend countless hours organizing and preparing, but until you actually get here — you have no idea how much it can take out of you! Today is the last day of the round-robin preliminaries. Anything can happen and usually does. Watchful eyes will be on the standings, and who plays who is analyzed. The crowds are starting to fill in more, the ice is getting more predictable (hopefully), an athlete’s confidence is being defined, emotions start to rise and fitness starts playing a role in the outcome of the games.
Melissa SOLIGO At this time of the week, every extra minute of sleep is cherished. I remember my playing days and how the body starts to speak, or as you get older, sometimes yell. For me this week, it’s my butt that is hoping for a break (I always wanted a flat butt), but for the athletes it is every muscle and every bone that is feeling the pain. Anyone who
thinks curling is not hard work has not walked in the shoes of a Scotties participant. The first four games were critical in setting the stage for a curler’s confidence and emotional state. Whether you lose by an inch, or by three, it is that ‘L’ on the scoreboard which hurts the most. And it is the accumulation of the L’s or W’s that affects the mind of the athlete. For the self-assured athlete, the broom is so big it is easy to hit, and there is no such thing as a fully-buried enemy stone. And this is the zone in which you want to stay. Enter sports psychologists. The athletes who are committed to curling excellence know that the importance of mental toughness is as imperative as throwing a consistent in-turn. As the tension increases, the only advice I can give the curlers is, in the heat of the moment, don’t kick the rock into the corner too hard, because it can break a toe. The grind affects everyone in different
ways. If I know the officials like I think I do, they will already be tossing around that awful word “tiebreaker” and beginning to analyze the possible scenarios for what comes next. For the fans, the grind just means more fun. They are growing in numbers, the cheering is getting louder and the arena has turned into a game of Risk. The provincial colours are in the stands and one has to be careful not to cross enemy lines. Just remember, the rules of curling etiquette are still in effect. The volunteers who continue to pound out the hours do very little complaining. I hope they don’t mind me saying but I have noticed there are more bags around the arena than one knows what to do with (and I don’t mean from shopping). Hang in there!
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B.C. winning, rock by rock Slow and easy does it for Mallettʼs red-hot B.C. squad By LARRY WOOD Heart Chart Editor
he home-province hero Marla Mallett and her troops from Vancouver head into today’s final two round-robin matches at the Save-On Foods Memorial Centre with an armlock on a playoff berth in the Scotties Tournament Of Hearts. Never a threat to national women’s curling domination in the past, Mallett has exploded for a two-game lead over the field with another pair of victories Wednesday — 9-2 over luckless Nancy McConnery of Nova Scotia and 6-4 over Kerry Galusha’s Territories gang from Yellowknife. “We have a team here with experience of different sorts,” said Mallett on Wednesday night. “We’re really drawing from one another. Each of us has a different experience and strength to draw from. “It’s just a matter of process for us. Don’t focus on the outcome. Don’t get caught up in results. Walk it right back, game by game, end by end, rock by rock, throw the right weight at the broom. We’ve worked very hard on that for the past two years. It has been a work in progress and it’s coming together very, very well here.” No kidding. Defending champion Jennifer Jones tumbled off Mallett’s pace with a third loss in the afternoon — 8-4 to Heather Strong’s hot-andcold Newfoundland bunch — after seemingly erasing SEE Tuesday’s two-loss funk with a 10-3 rout of Quebec’s SCORES, Marie-France Larouche in Page 15 the morning. Jones and Mallett will face off in a climactic preliminary battle tonight at 6:30 p.m. after which the playoff picture will be officially de-fuzzified. “We’ve just been missing and that’s the story of the last couple of days,” said Jones. “But I’m sure we’ll turn it around. We can still control our own destiny and I think we’re the kind of team that can turn it up a notch under pressure.” Eight of the 12 teams remained this morning in mathematical contention for Friday tiebreakers at the very least. Jones, from Win-
British Columbiaʼs Marla Mallett is keeping the home province crowd happy with a sparkling 8-1 record. nipeg, and Saskatoon’s Stefanie Lawton were one win today away from assuring themselves of further activity. Trailing behind were five contingents with four losses. A fifth setback for any of them and their Friday schedule likely will include a sightseeing tour of the surrounding territory. Lawton’s Saskatchewan Green Machine racked up its fifth and sixth straight wins on Tuesday, launching an immense roll after a disastrous three straight losses during the opening weekend. The latest victims: Calgary’s Cheryl Bernard 7-6 in an extra end and New Brunswick’s Andrea Kelly 10-4. For those who are into all the permutations and combinations, here’s how they’ll wrap it up today: British Columbia (8-1) — 1 p.m. P.E.I. (54); 6:30 p.m. Canada (6-3).
Team Canada (6-3) — 8:30 a.m. P.E.I. (54); 6:30 p.m. B.C. (8-1). Saskatchewan (6-3) — 1 p.m. Quebec (54); 6:30 p.m. Manitoba (2-7). Quebec (5-4) — 8:30 a.m. Manitoba (2-7); 1 p.m. Saskatchewan (6-3). P.E.I. (5-4) — 8:30 a.m. Team Canada (63); 1 p.m. B.C. (8-1). Alberta (5-4) — 8:30 a.m. Territories (36); 6:30 p.m. Ontario (5-4). Ontario (5-4) — 1 p.m. Territories (3-6); 6:30 p.m. Alberta (5-4). Newfoundland/Lab. (5-4) — 1 p.m. New Brunswick (3-6); 6:30 p.m. Nova Scotia (1-8). In addition to B.C. and Saskatchewan, teams from Ontario and Newfoundland/Labrador each won twice on Tuesday to cling to life in the four-loss bracket. Krista McCarville of Thunder Bay whipped
Manitoba’s Barb Spencer 11-6 in the afternoon, then hauled P.E.I.’s Rebecca Jean MacPhee down to the bubble with two on the last end of the late shift for a spinetingling 87 decision. Strong rode the momentum of her earlier upset and dealt Marie-France Larouche a 9-5 setback at night, hauling the Quebec team down to the bubble as well. “That’s the most shots we’ve strung together this week,” said Strong. Added vice-skip Cathy Cunningham, who rode a hot sudden-death streak to the Scotties final in 2003: “We’ve been playing well since we got here. A couple of bad ends have hurt us. But the key now is to stay intense and stay focused and go out there like we’re playing the team that could win it.”
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uick now, grapple with this trivia question: Name one Canadian curler who has won four national championships, each with a different first-year team. OK, a hint. She also has appeared in two Winter Olympic Games. Another hint? She has two Olympic bronze medals in her totebag full of more prominent curling prizes. Last hint? She lives right here in Victoria! “Yeah, I quit curling when I was 35,” admits Julie Skinner, currently vicechair of hosting for the Scotties at the Save-On this week and a travel manager at BCAA full-time. “I know, that’s pretty young for curlers. But I felt I’d accomplished everything that I could accomplish in that short time. And it’s hard to get a new team together in B.C. In Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, there are so many good curlers and so many good teams. There just aren’t that many in B.C. any more, and if I had to put a team together I’d have to travel again and I’m not willing to make that commitment of time. Not when I have to work full time and have a family.” The family includes hubby Dean, who works in finance for the provincial government, daughter Morgan, 10, a hockey goalie, and son Tyson, 5, who’s also into shinny. “They kids are on the ice almost every day,” says Skinner. “And I love being out watching the kids doing their thing, having fun with their sports. It’s fun to be able to do that.” Skinner is justifiably proud of her accomplishments on the ice lanes. She
Larry WOOD won two national juniors, a Scotties and an Olympic bronze before taking a five-year hiatus to begin the family. Her second chapter in elite company involved a Scotties and world title, and another Olympic bronze. “Those honeymoon teams, they were accomplishments in themselves,” she muses. “Just the fact we got things rolling the first years. The chemistry, everything all was jammed in there in a short period of time. “It wasn’t without bumps, though. At Prince George in 2000, everyone watched the growing pains of that team working through it and still winning. I think we had six must-win games in a row there. From then on, that team was there, solid, on fire. “Lots of teams stayed together for long periods and found success, like Sandra Schmirler’s and Connie Laliberte’s. But I find it exciting to think about having been successful almost immediately with four different lineups.” The No. 1 career highlight, of
EDITOR Larry Wood ASSOCIATE EDITOR Dave Komosky PHOTOGRAPHER Andrew Klaver PUBLISHED BY The Victoria Times Colonist
course, would be the (2002) Salt Lake Games in the company of skip Kelley Law and front-enders Georgina Wheatcroft and Diane Nelson. “Most every curler wants to get to the Olympics,” she says. “It only happens every four years. And you have to work so hard to get there. To win those trials in Regina in a packed building, that was something. We’d walk down the street and into the mall and everyone knew who we were. It was crazy. “The Olympics is such a big event and you’re part of a bigger team and we were really included. Moreso at Salt Lake than the first time. “The Olympics in France (1992) were a little different. It was a demonstration sport then, but at the time it seemed like the pinnacle. And I didn’t know I’d get back 10 years later and be in the real medal Games. Everything in 2002 was more and bigger. “France was weird. The location was out in the middle of nowhere, it was so secluded, the ice was melting, the draw was a split round-robin business and there was nobody around.” It all started for Julie in Noranda, Quebec, back in the 1986 when she and her sister Jodie won the national junior crown with a team out of Oliver. The next year, skip Jodie departed to Thailand on a student exchange program and Julie was faced with finding a new team. “I had to go all the way up to Kelowna, 90 minutes away, to find three players,” she recalls. “They said you have the most experience, you’re going to skip.”
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TODAY’S QUIZ QUESTION OF THE DAY: A total of nine skips have been blanked in Canadian women’s curling championship history. Name the province that has sent the most teams to draw gooseggs in the win department. 1. How many winless years? 2. Name the skips, hometowns and years. 3. Name the first and last skips to be blanked, their provinces/territories and in which years? 4. Six provinces/territories have sent teams to the Canadian women’s championship that wound up without a win. Name the six. 5. Which province/territory has dis-
patched the second-most winless women’s teams and how many? 6. No team ever has won the Scotties while absorbing five losses. How many teams have won the Brier while tallying four losses? 7. Name the skips and the years. 8. Name the skips of teams that have won the Canadian women’s title while absorbing three losses. Hint: There are four of them. 9. The years and hometowns of those champs? 10. During the first Canadian women’s championship won by a team recording three losses, who skipped the runnerup entry and where was she from? 11. Who skipped the Manitoba team and where was she from? 12. Who skipped the Quebec team and where was she from?
For the teams that may be on the way out, it isn’t as exciting as it was when the week first started. The dream of wearing a Maple Leaf on your back is long gone and soon it will be time to go back to real life. But to these teams I say, enjoy the rest of your time here by stopping in at the HeartStop Lounge for other kinds of fun and good times. The grind continues for those still playing. The screams are getting louder, the brushing is getting fiercer and the tension is rising after every shot. Requirements of self-discipline,
7. Marj Mitchell, 1980; Heather Houston, 1988, 1989; Alison Goring, 1990; Kelley Law, 2000; Colleen Jones, 2001, 2002; Jennifer Jones, 2008. 8. Vera Pezer, Cathy Pidzarko, Colleen Jones (three times), Pat Sanders. 9. Pezer, Saskatoon 1971; Pidzarko, Stony Mountain 1978; Colleen Jones, Halifax 1982, 1999, 2003; Sanders, Victoria 1987. 10. Ina Hansen of Kimberley and Kay Baldwin of Edmonton lost to Pezer in sudden-death playoffs . . . in that order. 11. Mabel Mitchell of Brandon. 12. Nicole Janelle of Port Alfred.
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QofD: Nova Scotia. 1. Three winless teams. 2. Clare Purdy, Stellarton (1971), Betty Hodgins, Dartmouth (1973), Virginia Jackson, Halifax (1995). 3. Tinker Rockwell of Newfoundland/Labrador was blanked in 1964, Sandra Hatton of the Yukon was blanked in 2000. 4. New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Quebec, Territories. 5. New Brunswick, two. 6. Eight winners with four losses.
persistence, patience, and good communication will continue to guide you along the right path. It is time to regroup and refocus on the next part of the week. And for the Heart Chart guest writer, all I can say is nobody warned me about the grind for media folk. I haven’t had to write this many papers and work this many hours since my university days. What a process! I always assumed that by being Italian I always had a way with words. Little did I know that writing was so very different from talking. The fraternity among curlers will lose some of its members soon, either through lack of wins or lack of endurance. So to those who must go, goodbye and see you again soon. And to those who stay to play, good luck the rest of the way.
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HOME CLUB: ETCHEMIN CURLING CLUB, ST-ROMUALD
THE PROVINCE Population: 7,410,500 Area: 1,542,056 sq km Joined Confederation: 1867 Motto: “I remember” Capital City: Quebec City Laguages Spoken: 81.9% French, 8.9% English 9.2% other Principal Products: Pulp-and paper products, food processing products, automobiles and transport equipment gold, iron ore
AGE: 28 RESIDEN CE: Lévis . PARTNE R: Ian Be lleau EMPLOY ME Phys-ed NT: tea SHE IS: E cher motiona l, sincere, communicative LOVES C UR BECAUS LING E: We have gre at ti with a gr mes eat group of peo and we c ple an at the ag play e of 10 until 70.
Nancy Belanger THIRD AGE: 30 RESIDENCE: Lévis. PARTNER: Frédéric Proulx EMPLOYMENT: Elementary teacher, Grade 5 SHE IS: Direct, generous, helpful LOVES CURLING BECAUSE: It requires concentration and it fits my personality. CAREER HIGHLIGHT: 1999 Canadian junior championship winner.
QUEBEC AT THE SCOTTIES Last five years: 2008 — Marie-France Larouche, StRomuald (8-4) 2007 — Chantal Osbourne, Thurso (47) 2006 — Eve Belisle, Lachine (8-5) 2005 — Brenda Nicholls, Ste-Foy (4-7) 2004 — Marie-France Larouche, St-
Annie Lemay SECOND NICKNAME: Nil AGE: 31 RESIDENCE: Gatineau HUSBAND: Jean-Michel Ménard EMPLOYMENT: Junior program officer, Canada Revenue Agency SHE IS: Nice, competitive, happy LOVES CURLING BECAUSE: Friendship/camaraderie and the game.
Romuald (10-4 runnner-up) Last championship — Lee Tobin, Montreal, 1975 Canadian titles — 1 World titles — None. DID YOU KNOW. . . n The narrowest house in North America is located on rue Donnaconna in Quebec City? Indeed, it is only 3.7 metres long (12 feet).
Joelle Sabourin LEAD NICKNAME: Joe AGE: 36 RESIDENCE: Aylmer, Gatineau PARTNER: Kevin Bourque, sons Alexis 3, Frederick 7 mos. EMPLOYMENT: Canada Revenue Agency SHE IS: Communicative, dedicated, energetic LOVES CURLING BECAUSE: It is a fun, strategic sport, get to meet lots of people.
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NICKNA ME: Stef AGE: 28 RESIDEN CE: Sask atoon PARTNE R: Mike EMPLOY ME Chartere NT: dA ant, Mey ccounters Norr is Penny SHE IS: F oc passiona used, te, gullible LOVES C UR BECAUS LING E: it nurtures my co petitive s mpirit.
Marliese Kasner THIRD AGE: 27 RESIDENCE: Shellbrook PARTNER: Husband Tyson EMPLOYMENT: Teacher at Canwood Community School SHE IS: Intense, gullible, sensitive LOVES CURLING BECAUSE: It is challenging and competitive CAREER HIGHLIGHT: World junior champion skip 2003
THE PROVINCE Population: 1,015,800 Area: 651,036 km sq Joined Confederation: 1905 Moto: “From many peoples strength” Capital City: Regina Laguages Spoken: 92.8% English, 1% French, 6.2% other Principal Products: Wheat, beef cattle, food products, machinery, petroleum SASKATCHEWAN AT THE SCOTTIES Last five years: 2008 — Michelle Englot, Regina (5-6) 2007 — Jan Betker, Regina (10-3 runnerup) 2006 — Tracy Streifel, Saskatoon (2-9) 2005 — Stefanie Lawtyon, Saskatoon (7-5) 2004 — Sherry Andertson, Delisle (75) Last championship — Sandra Schmirler, Regina (1997)
Sherri Singler SECOND AGE: 34 RESIDENCE: Saskatoon PARTNER: Husband Randy EMPLOYMENT: SaskTel SHE IS: Easy-going, caring, passionate LOVES CURLING BECAUSE: I have met so many good people CAREER HIGHLIGHT: 2005 Olympic Trials in Halifax, third place
Canadian titles — 10 World titles — 3 (Sandra Schmirler in 1993, 1997; Marj Mitchell in 1980) DID YOU KNOW. . . n Saskatchewan produces over 54 per cent of the wheat grown in Canada.
Lana Vey LEAD AGE: 24 RESIDENCE: Regina PARTNER: Husband Dale EMPLOYMENT: Accountant, SaskEnergy SHE IS: Easy-going, funny, motivated LOVES CURLING BECAUSE: I get to travel all across Canada doing something I am passionate about and have got to meet some great people along the way!
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By DAVE KOMOSKY Heart Chart Associate Editor
ou see them all the time during the curling season: images in newspapers or on television of women screaming. They are the classic “action” shots of women’s curling — photos of skips and thirds, their eyes bugged out, foreheads furrowed, and mouth agape, barking out orders to their sweepers. For an brief instant, these otherwise classy ladies are turned into some sort of demonic-like creatures. That’s not to say women don’t scream away from the curling ice. They do. Hus-
bands know all about it. But those images are not usually captured in newspapers or on TSN in high definition for everybody to see. “They’re awful,” says Newfoundland and Labrador third Cathy Cunningham. “I look at those pictures and go, ‘Oh, God.’ What a groaner. There’s nothing like seeing your face contorted like that. “But I guess it’s all part of the game. It’s going to happen and you have to accept it. But that doesn’t mean you have to like it.” World women’s curling champ Jennifer
Jones has been the subject of many photos showing her with a mask of intensity. The Heart Chart, in fact, ran one of them earlier this week. “Didn’t see it,” Jones said to the Heart Chart scribe, “until you showed it to me. I don’t read the papers.” Still, she knows they exist. “I like it better,” she said, “when they show me smiling.” Alberta skip Cheryl Bernard sees nothing wrong with the photos. “They’re great,” she says. “It’s curling, it’s action. I don’t really think about it on the ice (when the photographer is shooting). I’m just trying to make my shot.”
Cathy Cunningham: I am woman. Hear me roar.
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Throwing baby weight By DAVE KOMOSKY Heart Chart Associate Editor
erry Galusha is carrying more than the expectations of her curling club and region at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts this week. She’s also carrying her first child, which is a blessing, of course, but just a little bit of an extra load while competing on the highest level of women’s curling in Canada. So far her pregnancy hasn’t been a big problem, although the 31-year-old finance clerk from Yellowknife admits she’s had to make a few “adjustments” this week. “It has affected my delivery a little,” says Galusha. “It’s harder for me to push out of the hack and be accurate. I have to push the rock a little where I didn’t before. I had to start adjusting during my (Territories) playdowns. My balance was a little off. But my draws have been really good here so far so if I can stick with draws and try not to overthrow my hits, I’ll be fine.” Galusha has been more than fine. She’s been having a solid week for a team from the North, which is never expected to seriously challenge for a championship. And while they won’t again this year, Galusha and her teammates have already won three games, including one over the current world champions,
Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg. And several of the Polars’ early losses this week were games they could have won with a break here or there. “I wouldn’t have been happy without winning at least five,” says Galusha, matter-of-factly. Galusha didn’t take lightly the prospect of curling while pregnant, which is why she consulted her pediatrician about potential risks. “She said I have to stick with my normal routine but get lots of rest,” Galusha said. “It’s been fine.” Galusha, who is in her second semester (20th week), says she had a few internal “taps” during her playdowns but has felt nothing here. “I haven’t felt one thing,” she says. “But I’m growing by the day and I’m a lot more tired than I normally would be.” The pregnancy was a happy surprise. She and her husband Scott both wanted kids and are thrilled they will soon be parents. Galusha had her ultrasound last week but doctors couldn’t tell the baby’s sex. “But I want to know,” she says. “I have my baby name book with me.” It’s not the first time curlers at the Scotties have played while pregnant. In fact, both Dana Allerton and Janet Brown of Ontario were pregnant at the 2002 Scotties in Brandon.
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Wood From Page 5 Among those Kelowna players was current Scotties frontrunner Marla Mantlet. “We formulated a plan, had a good coach, we played fantastic and won everything,” says Skinner. “It was an amazing year. It was the first time they combined the junior men’s and women’s teams in one event. So I had a few firsts in those junior days. Then we went to the first World Juniors in 1988 at Chamonix, France, and won that, too.” The next winter Julie skipped in the Scotties with Pat Sanders, Georgina Wheatcroft and Melissa Solio and lost a tiebreaker. Then sister Jodie returned in 2001 to play third with Solio and Karri Willms up front. And this team promptly won the provincials and the Scotties. “That lasted three years,” Julie says. “In the ’91 final against Heidi Hanlon we scrambled the whole way (down 2-5 after seven) and I remember in the last end her rock caught a hair and we didn’t have to throw our last. Then the same thing happened to us in the World final against Dorri Nordkyn at Winnipeg. My rock caught a hair in the 11th end . . . so karma got us back.” As Team Canada, the Victoria team lost to Lavaliere in the 1992 final. And, in ’93, it failed
to qualify for the playoffs. Five years later, she says, “my husband told me I’d probably better get back and have one last crack at it”. “So I figured the only way I’d have a chance would be to call Kelley and get a Vancouver team going, the best team possible. I really wanted to look outside the box and gauge my best chance of winning. “It was challenging for me, playing with that team. I was over in Vancouver every week — ferry over, rush to the rink, fly back home the next morning and rush to work. We’d have a mid-week game in the Super League and on weekends we’d bonspiel and they’d be waiting for me at the airport and away we’d go.” Until then, Julie had made most of her marks as a skip. “I loved stepping back to third,” she says, eyes sparkling. “Just loved it. Looking back now I probably would have been better off to be a third full-time. I really feel it’s the best position for me. I didn’t like being the skip too much. It’s a lonely place down there and you’re really kind of a one-man team. You can’t do much to help your teammates. You just try to put the broom in the right spot and call the right line. If you’re down there at the other end with the threesome at third, second or lead you really have a lot of influence on those players to help them play better and I really enjoy that part of the game, being part of the team and assisting
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each other.” Following the stunning win at Prince George, the team won the world title at Glasgow. The next year, as Team Canada, there was “that defeat in an extra-end Scotties final to Colleen (Jones)” at Sudbury. “She chucked it out in the frost and we thought she’d missed it, and she was yelling curl, curl, curl and it did, right at the finish,” recalls Skinner. “And then there was the issue of two of them sweeping behind the tenline. We didn’t notice it at the time, we knew they wouldn’t willingly do that, and we got back to the hotel and our answering machine was plugged with messages saying, ‘you guys have to call them on the illegal sweeping’. But we thought, they’d never do that! Who cares, they beat us! And you know what? That was the best thing that could have happened to us, losing that game in February? If we hadn’t lost that game there’s no way we would have won the Olympic trials in December. No way. Because that taught us we had to work harder to be better. Our best week as a team was at those trials.” The following year, 2003, the team lost the B.C. final to the Fister Sisters from Maple Ridge. “I think at that point we knew it was over,” admits Skinner. “I mean, I was waiting to have another child, Kelley was waiting to have another child. And we decided we needed to take a break and that was pretty much the end of us.
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“But it was a good time, I can’t complain. We did a lot of interesting things upon which we won’t elaborate. We had an agent named Bruce Allen and at that time there were good sponsorship deals he was trying to broker for us. Sandman Hotels really came in and supported us with a substantial amount of money. “The whole idea about returning was trying to find a team I could win with. My time’s limited and I don’t want to waste it. Basically, if I can’t have a chance to win I don’t want to play. That may sound bad but I don’t like wasting my time. And that’s specifically why we put the Kelley Law team together. We believed we had a chance to win and, in our short time together, we did.” Following the five-on, five-off pattern, the 40-year-old Skinner should be about ready to unretired again any day now, right? “Oh, this one might be a 15-year break,” she says with a sly grin. “I might be back in 10 years. Nobody has won the juniors, and the ladies and the seniors, right? “I don’t really miss the curling. And I record every game on TV and watch most of them. I know a lot of people playing so I try to keep up with it and I enjoy watching it. I miss a lot of the people. But I talk to my old team guys all the time. What I really don’t miss is being away from my family. That always was the hardest part. “But for the short time that last team was together, it was really worth it.”
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ROAD TO THE SCOTTIES TOURNAMENT OF HEARTS
It wasn’t pretty, but Bernard survives C algary’s Cheryl Bernard was heaving hefty sighs of relief last month following her fourth provincial curling victory at Sylvan Lake. Bernard had just survived one of the sloppiest provincial finals in memory, shading Edmonton’s Heather Nedohin 9-7 with an extra-end deuce deciding the issue. The 42-year-old Bernard, directing the same lineup she bossed at the Lethbridge Scotties two years ago, dominated the 12-team tripleknockout championship but won’t want to spend a lot of time dwelling on the climax. The match was so cluttered with errors it closer resembled a midweek club match involving teams from the C-ranked square draw. Among other strange sights, Nedohin called the peel of a guard with her lead’s second rock of the fifth end, Pam Appelman nosed the guard and nobody on the ice noticed the FGZ rule had been blown to smithereens. The game carried on as though nothing had happened. In the sixth end, with nothing in the rings, Bernard in possession of last rock and the score knotted at three, Nedohin inexplicably
ALBERTA (Combined 7 previous appearances) played a takeout on a corner guard with her last stone rather than draw behind it. Bernard tossed her last one away and blanked the end. Ten of the first 11 shots in the next end were missed and Bernard wound up with an open hit for three but rolled out and settled for a goahead two. Nedohin then was heavy on both her rocks in the eighth thereby yielding the theft of two more. The Edmonton skip arguably experienced another brain cramp in the extra exchange after she’d coerced a three-ender in the ninth
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when Bernard pulled the string on her last draw and the theft of a tying single in the 10th when Bernard was short of the rings attempting to draw the four-foot. With an off-centre guard in front and a counter biting the back eight-foot far behind it, Nedohin directed vice-skip Beth Iskiw to draw a second rock behind rather than cover the centre of the rings with another guard. Iskiw improved on the counter but vice-skip Susan O’Connor followed with one of the game’s few great shots, raising back the guard and killing both Nedohin stones. Nedohin attempted to bury her last one but left it partially exposed to a Bernard kill. Hence the hefty sigh of relief. Bernard would have settled for any shot other than a cold draw at that stage. She’d pulled the string on a draw against two in the second end but that faux pas was neutralized when Nedohin gassed a draw to confront her foe with another pair in third and left Bernard with a quiet tap for the tying deuce. Then Nedohin flashed a quiet hit for another deuce in the fourth and surrendered a stolen point.
Bernard was 4-7 in her first Scotties, circa 1992, and 8-5 after losing to Marilyn Bodogh in the 1986 Scotties final. Eleven years later, at Lethbridge, she finished 7-6 after bowing out in tiebreakers with her current team of O’Connor, Carolyn Darbyshire and Cori Bartel. Nedohin upended defending champion Shannon Kleibrink of Calgary 8-7 in the semi-final, cracking four in the third end and hanging on for the win with last rock in the 10th. Bernard twice kayoed Kleibrink, 8-6 in the A qualifier and 8-5 in the A-B playoff that decided the easy path to the final. In fact, by remaining undefeated, Bernard breezed to the final in four games and wound up with a 5-0 record. Bernard’s other wins were 8-5 over former champion Renee Sonnenberg of Grande Prairie and 11-7 over Brandee Borne of Edmonton. Nedohin and Leslie Rogers of Calgary qualified for the final four from the C qualifying section, Nedohin by stealing the 10th and 11th ends for a 7-6 victory over Crystal Webster of Calgary. Nedohin then hammered Rogers 7-1 to advance to the semi.
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THURSDAY, FEB. 26
FRIDAY, FEB. 27
SUNDAY, MARCH 1
4:45 p.m. Up Close and Personal with
Autograph Session – Nova Scotia
TSN Commentators Vic Rauter,
4:45 p.m. Up Close and Personal with Past Champions Julie Skinner
8:15 p.m. The Chevelles
Linda Moore and Ray Turnbull 10:00 p.m.
Schedule subject to change.
(’91, ’00) and Pat Sanders (’87)
SATURDAY, FEB. 28
5:30 p.m. Autograph Session – Quebec
3:00 p.m. Team Autograph Session
8:00 p.m. The Chevelles
Bryden Street Party Band
What’s on the menu HeartStop Lounge Victoria Curling Club Two Menus to Choose From 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Breakfast Burger (served daily 7:30am-10:30am)
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Pulled Pork on a Bun Char Broiled Burger Chili & Bun Clam Chowder & Bun Assort. Cold Sandwiches (egg salad, salmon, ham) Daily Soup Fries Caesar Salad Veggies & Dip Pizza by the Slice
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STANDINGS W B.C. (Mallett) 8 Team Canada (Jones) 6 Saskatchewan (Lawton) 6 Alberta (Bernard) 5 Nfld/Lab (Strong) 5 Ontario (McCarville) 5 PEI (MacPhee) 5 Quebec (Larouche) 5 N.B. (Kelly) 3 Y/NWT (Galusha) 3 Manitoba (Spencer) 2 N.S. (McConnery) 1
L 1 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 6 6 7 8
WEDNESDAY DRAW 12 8:30 a.m. N.B. (Kelly) 020 101 0xx x — 4 Alberta (Bernard) 403 020 2xx x — 11 S P % S P % N.B. 56 156 70 ALTA. 55 210 95 Y/NWT (Galusha) 101 020 200 x — 6 N.S. (McConnery) 010 100 010 x — 3 S P % S P % Y/NWT. 70 217 78 N.S. 72 221 77 Quebec (Quebec) Team Canada (Jones) S P QUE. 56 164
010 020 0xx x — 3 202 202 2xx x — 10 % S P % 73 CAN. 56 189 84
P.E.I. (MacPhee) Manitoba (Spencer) S P P.E.I. 46 142
310 230 xxx x — 9 001 001 xxx x — 2 % S P % 77 MAN. 48 118 61
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Saskatchewanʼs Marliese Kasner (left) and SherrI Singler are on a roll.
LINESCORES Team Canada (Jones) Nfld/Lab (Strong) S P CAN. 72 254
N.S. (McConnery) 001 001 xxx x — 2 B.C. (Mallett) 130 230 xxx x — 9 S P % S P % N.S. 48 113 59 B.C. 48 165 86 Alberta (Bernard) 010 110 110 20 — 6 Sask. (Lawton) 100 002 021 01 — 7 S P % S P % ALTA. 88 269 76 SASK. 87 275 79
DRAW 14 7 p.m.
101 030 010 x — 6 010 203 203 x — 11 % S P % 79 ONT. 72 239 83
B.C. (Mallett) 211 010 010 x — 6 Y/NWT (Galusha) 000 101 101 x — 4 S P % S P % B.C. 78 243 78 Y/NWT 79 219 69 Sask. (Lawton) N.B. (Kelly) SASK.
002 121 04x x — 10 210 000 10x x — 4 S P % S P % 64 203 79 N.B. 64 168 66
Ontario (McCarville) P.E.I. (MacPhee) S P ONT. 80 259
020 201 010 2 — 8 002 010 301 0 — 7 % S P % 81 P.E.I. 80 257 80
NL (Strong) Quebec (Larouche) S P NL 76 256
101 020 203 x — 9 020 101 010 x — 6 % S P % 84 QUE. 77 233 76
SHOOTING PERCENTAGES (CUMULATIVE)
DRAW 13 1 p.m. Manitoba (Spencer) Ontario (McCarville) S P MAN. 72 227
010 002 100 x — 4 000 320 012 x — 8 % S P % 88 NL 72 235 82
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NL Y/NWT 79 85 80 85 82
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8:30 a.m. Draw A — PEI vs. Can. B — Que. vs. Man. C — Y/NWT vs. Alta. D — N.B. vs. N.S. 1 p.m. Draw A — Sask. vs. Que. B — B.C. vs. PEI C — NL vs. N.B. D — Ont. Vs. Y/NWT. 6:30 p.m. A — N.S. vs. NL B — Alta. vs. Ont. C — Man. Vs. Sask. D — Can. Vs. B.C. FRIDAY PAGE PLAYOFFS One vs. Two 6:30 p.m. SATURDAY Three vs. Four 11:30 a.m. Semi-final 4 p.m. SUNDAY Final 5 p.m.
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