'Gritty' Nedohin bows out

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

SYLVAN LAKE -- Heather Nedohin's Cinderella run at the Alberta Scotties ended with a thump.

Nedohin could not hold on to her early lead in her final against Calgary's Cheryl Bernard as her week ended in disappointment.

"Our goal was to win, so I'd be silly if I said I wasn't disappointed," said Nedohin.

"I'm pleased with our grit. We played strong and fought until the very end. But I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. We came here to win."

Nedohin's team never gave up, even when they found themselves down four with two ends to play.

Incredibly, Nedohin laid down a three-ender in nine and stole the 10th end to force the extra end.

"We made it interesting," said Nedohin.

"We lost in an extra end. We took it down to last rock and I guess if you're going to lose, it'll be on the last rock in an extra end, and she made a good shot."

This foursome of third Beth Iskiw, second Kristie Moore and lead Pam Appelman proved to be scrappy all week.

"We're gritty," said Nedohin, who got into this provincial by grabbing the Alberta Tour bye.

"It was fun out here, we kinda enjoyed the moment and wanted to play well right to the finish. I think we did that. We gave it a good go right to the end."

Still, finishing the week with a 7-3 record was likely better than a lot of observers expected from a team that had been struggling on the World Curling Tour this season.

At least, Nedohin can take a bit of satisfaction in scoring a narrow 8-7 win over Canada's No. 1-ranked team and 2008 Alberta champion Shannon Kleibrink in the semifinal.

The team found its biggest success of the year when it switched Iskiw back to third and Moore to second, and could be a strong contender next year,

"To come here and finish by playing in the finals, we're very pleased," said Nedohin. "We're not giving up. There's no giving up in us."


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