Calgary rink A-OK

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:17 AM ET

A Calgary rink is one of two teams advancing to tomorrow's $55,000 eight-team money round at the Grand Slam Trail Appliances Autumn Gold women's bonspiel.

Calgary's Crystal Webster defeated Amber Holland of Regina 9-7 while Jo-Ann Rizzo's rink of Brantford, Ont., edged Kelly Scott of Kelowna 7-5 in claiming the A-event finals.

The event continues today at the Calgary Curling Club with draws at 9 a.m., noon, 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Webster, who has assembled a new rink this fall, scored a key deuce in the ninth to tie it before stealing the winning points in 10.

"We were down the whole game, certainly not in control," said Webster, 31. "We had some opportunities where we let them off the hook."

Webster, now 4-0, said the weekend has already been a success for her new rink that includes Desiree Robertson, Sam Preston and Stephanie Jordan.

"Absolutely, this is a really big confidence builder for us."

Rizzo is also enjoying posting wins with a new rink, playing together in just its second event.

Rizzo, 43, has teamed with three 20-somethings who competed together in juniors and now find themselves 4-0 at the Autumn Gold.

"This is our second event, but the other one wasn't as major, more of a local event back in Ontario," said Rizzo, who has teamed with Julie Reddick, Leigh Armstrong and Stephanie Leachman.

"This event is more high-calibre teams. We came away from that first event with some positives and that's working for us this weekend.

"It's still a learning process and we came out not thinking we would qualify through this route, just trying to play the best we can and work on some things. Hopefully we'll continue to do well."


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