Bernard seeks balance

ANGELA MacISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:13 AM ET

A win to start the season shouldn't be a bad omen.

But a victory at the Vernon cashspiel last weekend in B.C. was a repeat performance for Cheryl Bernard.

Last season, the Calgary skip went on to win the money title of the Women's Curling Tour but then collapsed in the playdowns and went winless at the Canada Cup in Kamloops, B.C., where a spot at Olympic trials was available.

"A lot of years -- and I think it's burnout -- I don't know many teams that have a fantastic cash-circuit season and then have a great playdown season," Bernard said. "We're trying to work out everything this year so we have both."

That quest begins this weekend at the 28th annual Trail Appliances Autumn Gold Curling Classic, which has $56,000 up for grabs at the Calgary Curling Club.

Among the list of entries are 2003 Autumn Gold champ Sherry Anderson of Delisle, Sask. and 1998 Olympic champ Jan Betker.


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