King's shock rockers!

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

Is curling ready for a soccer look?

Cathy King and her team figure if that's a leading-edge fashion statement, they may as well be the ones blazing the trail in North America.

The defending provincial champions all wore soccer-style jerseys at Day 1 of the Alberta Scott Tournament of Hearts, complete with names across the back and huge numbers showing their throwing positions.

"Ralph Stockli's team wore them at a spiel we were at in Norway and I loved their shirts," said King, about the jerseys sported by Switzerland's representative at the Turin Olympics.

"They had green, blue and white ones. They looked sharp. I told my team about them. We decided to go for it."

Made by European manufacturer H20, King's team decided on a red, black and grey colour scheme.

King figures it's a trend that has a chance to catch on. At the very least, it would make player identification that much easier for fans.

"They're cool," said Kalynn Park, who's considering ordering a set for her junior team.

BUSY TIMES: After this weekend's provincials, Renee Sonnenberg's team is headed straight for the Canada Cup in Kamloops.

As luck would have it, a couple of provincial women's championships go head-on against the Canada Cup.

"Because it conflicts with Ontario and Saskatchewan provincials, it eliminated enough teams that we sneaked in," said Sonnenberg.

That means one of the Canadian Curling Association's marquee events will be without quality entries like Stephanie Lawton, Sherry Anderson, Sherry Middaugh and Jenn Hanna.

Jan Betker will skip the Saskatchewan provincials and is heading to Kamloops.

Sonnenberg figures the $1,000 entry fee for the event is worth every cent.

"We're willing to pay that to have that kind of fun," said Sonnenberg, who skipped the 2004 Alberta provincials for the Canada Cup, finishing 1-3. "It's just more games and we're happy to get more games."


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