Foster feelin' angry

ANGELA MACISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:01 AM ET

It seems the women still aren't on equal footing with the men.

The women are under the Ultima World Curling Tour banner for the first season but, says Diane Foster, there's still a disparity in how things operate.

Foster realized last week her total winnings were $4,000 -- cashed in at the Lethbridge spiel. Apparently, her $5,500 booty from the Medicine Hat event didn't count on the Money List.

While at the Abbotsford Classic on the B.C. Lower Mainland this weekend, she was given some valuable information.

"We were staying at the sponsor's house here in Abbotsford," she said yesterday via cellphone. "He told us it cost them an extra $1,500 to have their spiel on the WCT. And Medicine Hat didn't pay that money."

But, she said, the spiel anted up for the men's side, so fellow Calgarian John Morris had his winnings count toward his standings.

The organizers just didn't pay for the women to be accredited and Foster is a little steamed about that.

"There are a lot of bonspiels that don't have the extra coin to do that," she said. "Where is the money going in the end? It's not going back to the curlers in that spiel."

Worst of all, the Medicine Hat winnings would have her tied for seventh with Grande Prairie's Renee Sonnenberg. Instead, she dropped to 26th.

"It's a huge difference to us to be at $9,500 and tied for seventh, which would put us into the be-all, end-all bonspiel in April," she said, referring to The Players Championship at the Stampede Corral, April 12-16.

Foster also can't help but think the desire to be at TPC was on her and her players' minds at the Abby Classic, where they failed to qualify for the championship round, going 1-3.

"We could have definitely played better but we put a lot of pressure on ourselves," she said. "We played 100 percent but only 50 percent of the time. We just weren't consistent."

ON THE ROCKS: Calgary's Heather Rankin gave up three in the 10th end to lose the $47,000 Abby Classic final 6-4 to Janet Harvey of Fort Rouge, Man. ... Calgary's John Morris lost 9-8 to Bruce Korte of Saskatoon in the Nipawin, Sask., Evergreen Classic final ... Darren Moulding qualified at the Roaming Buffalo Classic in Wainwright, Alta., but lost 7-1 to Lloydminster's Doug Zingel in the quarter-final.


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