Kleibrink has new aim

TODD SAELHOF, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:13 AM ET

If there's discouragement about being the Olympic bridesmaid, Shannon Kleibrink's refusing to skulk down the aisle at the Alberta Scotties.

The Calgary super-curler and her rinkmates seem to have their heads held high and their hearts set on a provincial title a month after losing the chance to represent Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

"We forgot about it completely, until you guys remind us about it," said Kleibrink with a chuckle. "We're ready to go, and we've put that in the past."

It certainly appears as much, given Kleibrink and her Calgary Winter Club rink are just two wins away from winning the 2010 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

The veteran skip, third Amy Nixon, second Bronwen Webster and lead Chelsey Bell defeated last year's runner-up, Edmonton's Heather Nedohin, in last night's provincial 'A' final at the Calgary Curling Club.

The 8-5 victory secures their spot in the playoff round, which begins tomorrow.

And a win in Sunday's 2 p.m. finale would further bury the disappointment of losing the final of the Olympic Trials last month to fellow Calgary super-curler Cheryl Bernard.

"We've still got our fans out there, so it still feels pretty good," Kleibrink said.

"A little smaller scale (than the Olympic Trials) but still a big event. And we're still really happy that we have the opportunity to play in the provincials."

Prior to last night's battle with the always-solid Nedohin, Kleibrink & Co. edged Edmonton's Cathy King 10-8 in an 'A' semi-final but needed the help of two four-enders.

And in their first draw Wednesday, the Kleibrink crew needed a steal in the 10th end to upend fellow Calgarian Leslie Rogers in a 6-5 nailbiter.

In last night's 'B'-side action, King defeated the Peace District's Jodi Busche 10-4, Edmonton's Valerie Sweeting beat Calgary's Crystal Webster 7-5 and Rogers stole one in an extra end to upend Edmonton's Tiffany Odegard 8-7.

Earlier in Draw 4, Rogers stole one in the 10th end to defeat Edmonton's Delia DeJong 8-7, Sweeting beat Grande Prairie's Renee Sonnenberg 8-6, Busche edged Brenda Doroshuk 5-4 and Odegard thumped Lethbridge's Megan Kirk 8-1.

TODD.SAELHOF@SUNMEDIA.CA


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