Kleibrink ices opener

ANGELA MacISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

LETHBRIDGE -- School's in.

And one Calgary rink is paying its dues in its first appearance at the Alberta Scott Tournament of Hearts.

Diane Foster's Garrison club rink emerged from the first day of action bruised by an 0-2 record but the foursome is showing no signs of giving up.

"Usually, the breaking point is 4-3 and sometimes on those strange occasions 3-4, so we still have a little room," said third Nicole Siebert, following a 7-5 loss to fellow Calgarian Renelle Bryden.

"Things just weren't going our way. This game, it was tight all the way and, well, one bad rock. Not a big deal."

In the morning draw, Foster, Siebert, second Jacquie Brett and lead Raelynne Watkins lost 9-2 to defending champion Shannon Kleibrink of Calgary Winter Club.

After giving up three in the fourth and sixth ends to Kleibrink, Foster and Co. played a much better against Bryden, taking it down to the last rock.

But that one rock proved a little stubborn. Down one with the hammer, Foster was a touch heavy on her draw to the 4-foot, which would have tied the game and forced an extra end.

Instead, she gave up a steal of one and accepted her 0-2 record.

"I think we had a little lack of communication tonight," said Foster, acknowledging her team played much better in the night draw.

"(In between games) we relaxed and talked about not thinking about all the people watching us. It seems to be in the minds of the girls -- the distractions, the people."

And sometimes, the 41-year-old feels like a den mother to her teammates, who fall in at 31 (Brett), 26 (Watkins) and 23 (Siebert).

"Yeah, I think if we had a coach it would really help," Foster said.

"It's hard when I'm feeling a little frustrated, I don't want to be mad at them.

"We just have to remember after the fifth end to keep our weight where it's supposed to be and not start overthrowing, getting excited when it's close."

Added Siebert: "We just have to stop being so sloppy and, really, as Diane said, 'Tightening up our diapers.' That's what her granddaughter says all the time. We have to be careful and make sure we execute everything."

Bryden and Kleibrink, on the other hand, are sitting at 2-0.

Not a bad day's work, as far as Bryden -- who beat Jodi Busche of Grande Prairie 7-6 in the morning draw -- is concerned.

"It's a great feeling," Bryden said. "You come in and hope you have a 2-0 day. We did and it puts us in a good scenario where we can go out and play a little easier because we aren't behind the 8-ball."

In the late game, Kleibrink shut down four-time provincial champ Deb Santos 8-2 in seven ends.

In her quest to return to the national Scott, set for Feb. 19-27 in St. John's, Nfld., Kleibrink capped off the seventh counting four and Santos shook hands.

"We're happy to have one win," the defending champ said in between games last night.

"At least we know we're not going to go without a win. It's a really deep field here, so it's going to be a tough week."


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