East meets west as the event's two heavyweights square off for the title today at the 2008 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships.
Host Alberta (10-1) takes on veteran Ontario (8-3) to crown a national champion after the rinks finished one-two in the round-robin part of the event at the Calgary Curling Club.
The bell rings for the final bout at 1 p.m. And Alberta skip Dean Ross anticipates the battle for supremacy to go right down to the final stone.
"You always expect to have to win it with your last rock at this level," said Ross, whose rink of third Susan O'Connor, second Tim Krassman and lead Susan Wright is no stranger to big games.
O'Connor boasts a mixed nationals win from 2000 and curled third for Calgary's Cheryl Bernard in winning the Alberta women's title last year.
"The standings show that we belong here, I guess," Ross said. "I do think we've played very well all week."
So has Ontario, which boasts the vast experience of skip Bob Turcotte. He is trying to add to his impressive curling resume, which includes three senior national titles and the world senior crown in 2000.
Like Alberta, Turcotte and his rink of third Kristin Turcotte, second Roy Weigand and lead Andrea Lawes come into the finale hot, after dismantling Nova Scotia 11-5 in last night's semifinal.
They put up two four-enders, including one in the fourth end to take an early 7-1 lead. The tiebreaker saw Nova Scotia defeat Quebec 8-5 yesterday afternoon.
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Draw 11 results yesterday: Alberta 7, Newfoundland 6; Nova Scotia 6, Saskatchewan 4; Ontario 11, New Brunswick 6; Manitoba 8, Northern Ontario 7; Quebec 7, Yukon/NWT 5; B.C. 10, PEI 3.