Renelle Bryden is heading back to the women's curling provincials. Diane Foster is not.
The two skips, who joined Shannnon Kleibrink at the Alberta Scott last year, squared off yesterday in Olds for the South's C berth. Bryden won 6-2.
"The whole way home, we've been saying we didn't bring our A-game to the table," said Foster en route home to Calgary. "Renelle -- and in the game before -- was beatable.
"If we had come out guns firing, we could have beat her. We could have beat anybody."
Foster, along with third Andrea Wilson, second Jacqueline Brett and lead Raelynne Watkins, knocked off Calgary's Cheryl Bernard 7-6 in the C semi. Bryden downed Calgary's Terry Loschuk 7-6.
Nancy Smith, third for Bryden's crew along with second Jody McNabb and lead Shannon Mattheis, said they're excited to be heading back to provincials.
"We were so close last year," she said. "And we're thrilled to be going back. This was a satisfying win for us."
Bryden joins Medicine Hat's Vicki Sjolie and Calgary's Crystal Rumberg at the Alberta Scott, Jan. 25-29 in Edmonton.
WICKED WIN FOR MORRIS: Although Calgary's John Morris didn't win the BDO Canadian Classic Open in Winnipeg, he has a feather in his cap: Beating Edmonton's Randy Ferbey for only the second time in 15 tries. He got the win in Sunday's semi, a 7-5 victory.
"Yeah, that's a bit of a demon, or monkey off your back," said Morris. "But that's why you play on tour. If you play Ferbey enough, you're going to beat him. It's just a relief."
Added Dave Nedohin, who throws last rocks for Ferbey: "You're not going to keep beating those teams all the time, so we'll let him win one out of every so many, I guess. Not let. We actually played pretty good, too."
ON THE ROCKS: J.D. Lind, who just wrapped up his junior career, has thrown his name into the hat for the men's last-chance qualifier this weekend in Hanna ... The last chance holds two berths to the Southerns at the North Hill club, Jan. 20-23.