Battle of the sexes to hit ice

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:57 AM ET

'Cathy O' hinted that her squad has a devious plan to throw Alberta's Randy Ferbey off his game before the 'Battle of the Sexes' starts at Brandon's Keystone Centre tomorrow night.

"I can't see us coming out doing cartwheels but I'm sure we're going to do something," Cathy Overton-Clapham, third for Team Canada's Jennifer Jones, said yesterday. "I was just talking to David (Nedohin) and he said he was more worried about what we might do off the ice than on it."

When Marilyn Bodogh faced Ed Werenich in a similar challenge in Ontario a number of years ago, Bodogh entered the arena doing cartwheels -- in a kilt. Then she tried to embarrass The Wrench. So, Jones could have something up her sleeve.

"I heard all about that crap," Nedohin joked as the native Winnipegger drove to Brandon. "But we'll have the videos going so we'll catch it all.

"And we already told them there will be a Skins Poker Game afterwards."

Actually, Nedohin is just as concerned about the on-ice results in the $60,000 Skins Game between the respective national champions.

"Obviously, guys are going to give us a pretty good ribbing if we don't win," said Nedohin, who throws last brick for Ferbey.

"We're confident we can put some pressure on them," said second Jill Officer, who lives in Brandon. "They're an awesome team but they had better watch out because we will be tough, too."

Sportsnet will broadcast the match live tomorrow at 7 p.m.

"It will be so exciting to play in that format," Jones said. "Hopefully, we can make a few shots along the way. But it's a great thing for curling any time you can get it on TV, and I want to make sure it's fun for the fans."

PLENTY FOR FANS

Those fans can enjoy day-long activities tomorrow, starting with a $10,000 Skins Game between the national junior champs -- N.B.'s Andrea Kelly and Saskatchewan's Kyle George -- at noon. The day will start with a junior skills competition (10-11:30 a.m.), the junior Skins, followed by up close and personals with all four teams (3-4 p.m.), a senior skills competition (4-6:30 p.m.) and a $1 million draw-to-the-button contest during the main event. Tickets are $20-$35, plus fees, and only 3,000 will be sold as part of the arena has been cordoned off.

The junior Skins match will be webcast by curlTV.com, a new website founded by STATUSfirm, which boasts Nedohin as one of its owners. In fact, the whole event was the brainchild of Nedohin, made in conjunction with Brandon promoter Darryl Wolski.

"I don't see this as being profitable but it looks like we could maybe do this on an annual basis," said Wolski, conceding that the local flavour helps his cause. "Next year, you could get more national sponsors involved."

BITER: Overton-Clapham is still recovering from off-season knee surgery. "It's not like before but it's do-able," she said. "I've changed to a no-lift delivery because there's less pain. I didn't play very well (in Brandon last weekend) but I don't think it had anything to do with my delivery."


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