It's all part of the Grande plan for Alberta

CON GRIWKOWSKY, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

Part of the Grande design is to have two Peace Association teams win Alberta junior curling titles in the same year for the first time ever. And, the way Thomas Sallows and Desiree Robertson are flinging the bricks at the Thistle, the Grande Prairie rinks have as good a chance as any to come out on top.

Heading into today's 10 a.m. final round-robin games, Sallows (5-1) needs a win against Camrose's Derek Miller to clinch a bye into tomorrow's final.

"We have our destiny in our own hands,'' said Sallows, who lost his first game in yesterday's afternoon draw. "You can't go through a whole week without having a tough game.''

And, Robertson has rattled off four straight wins to take sole possession of first place at 4-2 in a women's that's as clear as mud after three days. Six teams are tied at 3-3.

Robertson can claim a bye into the final with a win over Edmonton's Kalynn Park today.

"We knew it couldn't get worse and we had to pick it up,'' said Robertson, who slipped into a phone booth, changed her look and became Super Curler after an 0-2 start.

"Once you get on that roll, you just keep on rollin'.

"We're on a big high right now and, hopefully, we'll keep on playing the way we have been.''

Miller, Calgary's Jonathan Elder and the Shamrock's James Fletcher may have their say before it's all done.

After dropping to 4-2 with a loss last night, Miller is in a must-win situation if he wants to assure himself at least a tie-breaker spot.

"Sallows will be tough,'' said Miller. "It's difficult every game. Every team's tough to beat.''

Fletcher can claim first if Miller beats Sallows today.

"We're quite happy to be in this spot,'' said Fletcher who, like Miller is a student at NAIT. "I'm cheering for Miller all the way. I go to school with him, so it's good to cheer for those guys.''


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