She's Loudon and proud

ANGELA MACISAAC, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

It's time for some payback. But whose turn is it to win? Jennifer Loudon of Medicine Hat says it's hers.

The decision will come today at 1 p.m. when Loudon squares off against Renelle Bryden of Calgary at the southern women's curling playdowns in Airdrie.

"She says she owes me an a-- kicking and I say I owe her one," Loudon said last night, after sending Karen Powell of Calgary to the B side with a 6-4 win.

"I beat her last year in the southerns and she beat me this year at the Red Deer cashspiel. Over the last four years, we've been going back and forth and it's my turn, isn't it?

"I think so ... I hope so."

Loudon, third Sonia Biemans, second Bev Bischoff and lead Liz Unrau were able to kick back and relax, knowing they'd also knocked Shannon Kleibrink to the Bs. Loudon beat the defending provincial Scott champ 7-6 in an extra end during the opening draw.

"Two really huge games today," Loudon agreed. "So, after this beer, I'm going to have another one."

But seriously, 2-0 at the southern playdowns is no easy feat.

"No, we're not way back in the boondocks," the skip said. "Tomorrow, we could come out, lose two in a row and be in trouble. We're curling OK and we have to keep that up."

Loudon made three consecutive double takeouts to dispose of Powell, who made some dandy shots of her own.

Bryden had an easier time, dispatching Bronwen Saunders of Calgary 6-1.

Bryden singled the first end and then stole two in each of the next two ends to post a 5-0 lead. Saunders finally counted in the fifth when she had an open draw for one.

Saunders had another open draw in the seventh but was too heavy and gave up a steal.

Bryden gave all the credit to her teammates --third Nancy Smith, second Carolyn Darbyshire and lead Shannon Mattheis.

"They made so many shots in front of me," Bryden said. "It wasn't the other team self-destructed but my girls made so many bonus shots. They were making every shot."

Bryden is the last of the top teams from the cash tour to stick in the A Event. Women's tour winner Cheryl Bernard joined Kleibrink on the Bs, losing 4-2 to Nanette Dupont of Lethbridge in the morning draw.

But both Kleibrink and Bernard survived the second draw, beating Barb Davies of Calgary 8-3 and Allison Earl of Calgary Winter Club 9-5, respectively.


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