Bye-bye to provincials?

CON GRIWKOWSKY

, Last Updated: 4:02 AM ET

Wins by Cheryl Bernard and Kevin Martin have left the defending-champ bye spots for the 2010 provincials in question.

Bernard has already informed the Alberta Curling Federation she was pulling her team out of the 2010 Alberta Scotties.

Given that the 2010 Alberta Boston Pizza Cup takes place Feb. 3-7 at Olds, just before the Olympics, chances are pretty overwhelming Martin will take a bye. His team has until tomorrow to notify the ACF of its intention and make it official.

Whether Martin decides to take a pass or not, there is no way Kevin Koe's team can bypass the playdowns.

Currently, Martin holds the defending-champion bye and Randy Ferbey the CTRS bye, with Ted Appelman and Wade White grabbing the two ACF Tour spots.

If Martin's team decides to concentrate solely on the Olympics as expected, Ferbey would get the spot as runners-up at the 2009 provincials.

The way the rules are written, the next spot would go to the next eligible team based on ACF Tour finals standings.

Koe's team finished fourth in the Roar of the Rings, losing only to the three playoff teams.

"We'll see how it works out, I guess," said Koe's third Blake MacDonald. "If that's the way the rules are written, that's what we'll have to do."

Bernard's spot will be taken by Heather Nedohin, who lost the 2009 final.

Nedohin had already qualified for the Jan. 6-10 Alberta Scotties as the top ACT Tour team. Her spot will be taken by Edmonton's Tiffany Odegard. Roar finalist Shannon Kleibrink and Edmonton's Cathy King are also pre-qualified for the event based on CTRS rankings.


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