Three times the charm for Lawton

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:13 AM ET

It will take three wins in a row today for Saskatoon's Stefanie Lawton to reach tomorrow's final of the Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials, so forgive them if they put their feet up.

Members of the team sat down beside Shannon Kleibrink's Calgary squad yesterday for an Up Close and Intimate session with fans at the O Canada room at Northlands Park.

The three-way tie with Thunder Bay's Krista McCarville and Regina's Amber Holland didn't seem to phase Lawton at the time, despite looking at the possibility of playing three times today.

"It's a breeze for the skips," she laughed.

Kleibrink, meanwhile, earned a berth in tonight's semifinal after finishing second behind her fellow Calgary rink of Cheryl Bernard.

While Lawton represents Canadian curling's up-and-comers, Kleibrink has a wealth of experience that includes winning bronze at Turin 2006.

But they weren't forthcoming with any knowledge of that trip yesterday.

"We're not sharing that right now because Lawton's team is sitting right beside us," said Kleibrink third Amy Nixon.

"It's the most amazing experience because we were part of that bigger Olympic team," added Kleibrink.

While international experience separates the two teams, so too does distance when it comes to practising as a team.

"We practise individually because we're spread all over Saskatchewan," said Lawton second Sherri Singler, adding they don't get together as a team very often. "Once or twice maybe in the fall."

Kleibrink's another story.

"It depends on if we're travelling that week or not but at least once a week and sometimes twice all together," Kleibrink said. "We throw individually too."

But when it comes to sponsorship, Lawton is the clear winner.

"We have a number of sponsors that definitely help us; that makes such a big difference because we wouldn't be able to go on the schedule that we do without that help," Lawton said.

Despite having gone to the Olympics, Kleibrink hasn't exactly received a sponsorship boost.

"We're in Calgary, there's like a hundred Olympians," Nixon said. "We're like chump change."

But the real chump might be their coach Ron Meyers if the rink ends up returning in Vancouver 2010.

"We have him on video so it's for sure: he's getting two earrings and a tattoo," Nixon laughed. "He had a bit of red wine, but he said it on video, so it's done."

GERRY.MODDEJONGE@SUNMEDIA.CA


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