Betker laughing all the way home

ANGELA MACISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

All Jan Betker and her team could do was laugh.

They came off the ice at Calgary Curling Club yesterday giggling at a 9-0 loss to Ottawa's Jen Hanna in the championship game of the 28th annual Trail Appliances Autumn Gold Classic.

"I got no wisdom, none," said Betker, her smile growing wider upon learning she pocketed $11,000 as runner-up. "Not fatigue. I just don't know.

"We'd have the right weight, we'd have the wrong ice; we'd have the right ice, we'd have the wrong weight."

Betker gave up three in the first end and steals of one in the next two. The killer, though, was Hanna's fourth-end steal of five when a Betker draw rolled through the house.

Hanna, second Joelle Sabourin, second Dawn Askin and lead Stephanie Hanna earned $14,000 for the victory, the team's first cashspiel win.

Last season's Scott runner-up from Ottawa was surprised she handled Betker so easily.

"We played Jan only one other time. It was a very close game and they won it," said Hanna. "We expected that again today ...

"It's not every day they're going to come out flat like that."

Betker eliminated fellow Olympic trials competitor Shannon Kleibrink of Calgary in the semifinal, winning 7-6.

Calgary's John Morris was eliminated from the West Coast Classic in Newminster, B.C., losing a semifinal 8-6 to Edmonton's Kevin Martin.


Videos

Photos