Senior shows curling guts

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:02 AM ET

EDMONTON -- No risk, no reward.

Peggy Harper found herself with an interesting situation in the eighth end of her Alberta senior women's final at Edmonton's Granite Curling Club yesterday afternoon.

Hit for one or try a tricky angle-double for four.

Harper made the no-guts, no-glory choice and executed her shot for a 9-3 win over Grande Prairie's Norma Huitt.

"The big thing was when we talked about hitting for one, it was a small hole, and right away I said to Judy, 'Maybe we should just take our one,' " Harper said. "But if I'd overcurled and ticked, they would have taken two, and I didn't want to go into the ninth end tied.

"We just said, 'You know what? The double's there, and it's the game, so let's play it."

Now, the Calgary Club foursome will wear Alberta colours at the senior nationals in Summerside, P.E.I. March 21-28.

Harper really didn't set out to be the last-rock thrower and admitted she was a somewhat reluctant skip during the team's formation.

"When we started this season, the one thing I told them is I didn't want to skip," said Harper, whose supporting cast includes third Judy Pendergast, second Debbie Pendergast and lead Cheryl Meek.

"That's where I ended up."

Harper learned to curl in Halifax and was a former junior teammate of the legendary Colleen Jones.

She moved to Vancouver about 15 years ago and has been living in Alberta for the past three years.

She's appeared in two women's playdowns in both B.C. and Alberta and threw in a couple of mixed provincials to boot, but yesterday she won her first provincial title in her first year of senior eligibility.

"Some don't win ever," said Harper, who has a rock-solid third with third-time national competitor Pendergast.

Pendergast played lead for Cheryl Bernard when that team lost the 1996 Scott Tournament of Hearts final to Ontario's Marilyn Bodogh.

"That one still hurts," said Pendergast, who also threw second rocks at the Canadian Mixed Curling Championships for Shannon Kleibrink,

"That one was sweet," she said. "That was a lot of fun."

The men's title was won by Edmonton's David Olsen, 7-5 over Sexsmith's Colin Griffith.


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