Sweeting on target

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 11:48 AM ET

A young, fresh-faced team has earned its first trip to the Alberta Scotties.

Valerie Sweeting's rink out of the Saville Centre averages just under 22 years of age.

Yet, they played like seasoned vets in their 9-4 win over Bobbie Sauder in the A Event final of the women's northerns at the Avonair Club yesterday afternoon.

They're as far-flung as they're young.

Sweeting lives and works in Vegreville. Her third, Megan Einarson, is the only member of her team that lives in Edmonton.

Both members of her front-end are one year out of junior: second Whitney More hails from Red Deer and Lindsay Makichuk from Lloydminster.

"We worked really hard for it all year and it's really great that we were able to win out of the A," said Sweeting.

The young team was knocking on the door at the 2008 northerns, losing both the B and C Event finals.

"We came so close last year," said Sweeting. "It was kind of tough but we bounced back this year."

Sweeting seems ready to take on the big-name teams that have already qualified for the Scotties in Calgary early next month.

"It'll be a real good experience," said Sweeting.

"We're a young team, but it'll be great. We've played in a couple of same spiels as those bigger teams this year and we've done pretty well."

Sweeting is no stranger to championship-level curling.

In 2004, she threw third rocks for the Alberta team that took home a bronze in the Canadian juvenile championship.

When she headed back to Saskatoon for university, she threw third rocks for the Saskatchewan team that made it to a tiebreaker at the 2007 Canadian juniors.

Now, her team gets a chance to test its mettle with Alberta's top shooters.

In last night's B Event final, Brenda Doroshuk defeated Nora Zingel 9-6.

At the women's southerns, Crystal Webster of Calgary won the A Event.


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