DeJong advances

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

As she crouched in the hack with her last shot, Delia DeJong was looking for a bit of redemption.

On a tricky sheet of ice, DeJong drew the T-line three-quarters buried. Jessie Kaufman tried to follow, made contact, but rolled away.

DeJong stole the final point in an 8-7 C Event win to advance to the Alberta Scotties for the third time.

"I kinda blew the one in nine (for a deuce), so I figured I had to make up for it," said DeJong.

"I had my draw weight, put it in a tough spot and it ended up working. She made a really good shot. She almost had it. We're very fortunate."

DeJong appeared at the Scotties in 2004 and again last year. But when her second, Stephanie Walker, moved to Edmonton, it was the beginning of the end for the team.

"This is my first year ever not curling out of the Peace," said DeJong.

"It feels really weird, actually. One of the other ladies I curled with last year couldn't make it back for personal reasons. We picked up a couple of Steph's friends, went to a couple of spiels together and everything worked out."

That would be third Jenilee Goertzen and lead Robyn Falkner.

Jamie King and Don Sutton grabbed the last two spots in the Edmonton zone playdowns.

"It was a grind," said King, who was fifth man for Kevin Koe at the Roar of the Rings. "We really haven't thrown any rocks as a team for five weeks and it showed. I think I threw 20 rocks at Rexall one night during the trials."

"Todd (lead Brick) watched a lot of women's curling. The first two days it showed."

Brick recently married Cheryl Bernard's third, Susan O'Connor, and has moved to Calgary.

"We'll definitely have to go upstairs and figure out a way to throw some rocks before the northerns," said King.

"We're obviously going to have to be a lot sharper than we were. Kevin Koe's team and James Pahl's team are playing real well right now. It's going to be tough."


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