Bernard on WCT win Trail

TODD SAELHOF, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

Cheryl Bernard is one step closer to the title of the 2008 Trail Appliances Curling Classic at the Calgary Curling Club.

The hometown skip and her rink of Susan O'Connor, Carolyn Derbyshire and Cori Bartel won one of last night's 'A' finals at the World Curling Tour Grand Slam event.

Bernard upended Russia's Liudmila Privivkova 7-3 in the draw to secure a spot in tomorrow's playoff round in pursuit of the $14,000 first-place prize.

In the other 'A' final, Ontario's Sherry Middaugh edged Saskatoon's Sherry Anderson 6-5.

It's been 11 years since a Calgary rink last won this event. That was Heather Rankin, along with third Derbyshire, second Sally Shigehiro and lead Margo Wright, back in 1997.

One year before that, Kleibrink won with third Glenys Bakker, second Brenda Bohmer and lead Kate Horne.

Bakker's now third with Diane Foster, a Calgary skip who believes it's time the home teams step up to win the Trial Appliances Curling Classic.

"I don't know whether you feel the pressure at home," said Foster, who has already lost two games here this year to fall to the 'C' event yesterday. "You have to remember, it's not just the best in Canada who's here. It's the best in the world. But if you are here, you are one of the best in the world, so you have to feel like you can win."

Certainly, one local foursome oozing confidence coming in was the one skipped by Kleibrink. The Calgary Winter Club team won early-season bonspiels in both Vernon and Regina to enter the WCT stop perfect.

"We're lucky here in Calgary to have ice early," Kleibrink said. "We're feeling like we're in mid-season form, and it's only October.'

Unfortunately for Kleibrink and Co., they fell to the 'B' event early in the Trial Appliances Curling Classic, meaning they have work to do to make tomorrow's championship round, when eight rinks will begin the chase for the title beginning at 9 a.m.

The final goes tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.

"There's no way you can have a perfect season," Kleibrink said. "Wouldn't that be nice?

"I could quit my job."

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TRAIL TRIALS

YESTERDAY AT CALGARY CURLING CLUB

DRAW 5

Bernard 8 Scott 3

Privivkova 10 Rankin 3

Middaugh 6 Webster 5

Anderson 9 Reddick 8

DRAW 6

Jones 6 Gregor 4

White 7 King 6

Lawton 4 Spencer 2

Kirk 9 Wang 4

Kleibrink 5 Jenion 2

Goring 7 Belisle 2

Porritt 7 Moore 3

Holland 5 Son'berg 4

DRAW 7

Foster 5 Earl 2

Meguro 7 Englot 3

Spencer 6 Wang 5

Moore 4 Son'berg 3

Strath 5 Mouzar 4

Madonia 6 Wh'tcroft 5

A FINALS

Bernard 7 Privivkova 3

Midd'gh 6 Anderson 5


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