Curlers enter the homestretch at Roar

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 8:50 PM ET

They’ve got their eyes on the prize.

Cheryl Bernard’s Calgary team enjoyed Friday off from competing at the Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials after having clinched top spot in the round-robin.

Their 6-1 record put them solely in first place and straight into Saturday’s final.

It was more than they might have expected a week ago.

“I don’t know if we thought specifically about that,” Bernard said. “We just kept saying if we had a good week and got a few breaks and things went our way that we would be close and maybe (secure) a playoff position.

“To advance to the final is a bonus, so we’ll take that.”

As was having a day off before playing the final that will decide who goes on to represent Canada in Vancouver 2010.

“(Friday) was an exhausting day for some of these teams, so I think for us, it’s a long week and I know we were tired (in our last) game. Mentally, it’s nice to turn the brain off for a while.”

A 40-minute practice was the only item on the team’s to-do list Friday.

“That’s lots, we threw a lot of rocks with that, so it’s good,” Bernard said, before the team split up to relax and spend time with family – anything to keep their mind off of who they would be facing Saturday.

“They’re all going to be (competitive),” Bernard said Friday morning. “I don’t ‘like to watch to much either because you see some of the shots they’re making. But that’s the way it’s been all week and they’re all tough teams.”

Not that they would have changed their strategy either way.

“The only time we kind of did that was (against Jennifer) Jones, but we don’t change it for these guys at all,” Bernard said.


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