Moore is our only hope

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

Kristie Moore is the only Edmonton rink to earn a bye into the Alberta women's curling championship Jan. 27 to Feb. 1 at Sylvan Lake.

The team, which features 2000 Alberta champ and 1996 world junior champion Heather Nedohin throwing skip rocks, beat fellow Edmonton skip Andrea McCutcheon 10-5 in Monday's final of the Lloydminster Boundary Ford Classic to emerge in a tightly-fought race.

Moore, who had qualified in just one previous Alberta Tour event collected 20 points for the win, edging McCutcheon 25-23.

Moore made $8,000 for her win while McCutcheon went home with $6,000 runner-up money.

The other provincials bye spot up for grabs this weekend was taken by Calgary's Heather Rankin, who earned the top Canadian Teams Ranking System spot for the current season.

Calgary's Shannon Kleibrink will return as defending champion while Calgary's Cheryl Bernard earned the CTRS spot awarded to the top Alberta team as of April, 2008.

Edmonton's Cathy King could not garner enough points from her semifinal appearance at the Sobey Slam in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, this weekend and will have to earn her way into the provincial through the traditional playdowns route.

King has been struggling on the World Curling Tour this season and her team's $8,000 semifinalist money gave her just $16,300 on the season. King is ranked No. 12 on both the CTRS and the WCT money list.


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