True identity

ANGELA MacISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:08 AM ET

Will the real Nicole Siebert please stand up?

Misidentified by a photographer in Lethbridge, Diane Foster's third appeared in newspapers as second Jackie Brett.

"Yeah, I guess I'm Jackie Brett and seven months pregnant now," Siebert, 23, said wryly of her teammate who is due in March.

And she giggles at the other handle she earned with the picture: Hottie.

Yep, a radio show has declared her the sweetest ticket in curling since Kelley Law.

"Oh, I don't know," Siebert said with a grin.

What she does realize is how easy it is to take a beating at the Alberta Scott Tournament of Hearts.

And she doesn't want it to happen again.

But what about that old saying: You have to learn how to lose before you can learn how to win.

"Thanks, we're done learning for a while," Siebert said, after she, Foster, Brett and lead Raelynne Watkins took a 2-5 kicking in the round-robin pants.

"A lot of it is experience. It was learning how to deal with everything and learning how to cope as a team. It was a hard learning experience."

But Foster isn't so sure the lessons are over.

"That is very true," the 41-year-old skip from Garrison curling club said.

"It's the same with missing a shot. Can you come back and make the next one better?

"I think it all stems from pressure and losing is way more pressure.

"When you lose, you have to bury it. You can't bring it from game to game and I don't know if we've learned how to do that ... I know we haven't lost as many as we're still going to lose."

But the foursome finished with a strong game, beating Renee Sonnenberg of Grande Prairie 7-4 in the final draw of the round-robin Saturday morning.

It did wonders for the rink's confidence.

"It was a little vindication," said Siebert. "We deserved to be here and we had a bad week. That's unfortunate. Everyone was sort of thinking we were a bit of a fluke, that we didn't really deserve to be here, that we just happened to get here by chance."

Foster intends to look for a coach in the off-season, aiming to find someone who can calm the troops before hitting the ice.

"We need somebody who knows what to say before games," she said. "I can say it but I think it comes from a coach better. I've taken some psychology courses but I'm just not a good coach while I'm playing."

ON THE ROCKS: Lethbridge Curling Club did a bang-up job on the organization and deserves a victory in its bid to host the 2007 national Scott ... The final between Cathy King of Edmonton and defending champ Shannon Kleibrink of Calgary attracted more than 600 fans. The club brought in 3,500 folks over the course of the five days. By comparison, last year's provincials at North Hill club in Calgary drew 1,900.


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