Nedohin claims women's Shootout

Con Griwkowsky, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:48 AM ET

EDMONTON - It may not have been the way she wanted to win, but Heather Nedohin will take it.

Nedohin beat her 1998 Scotties champion team skip Cathy King 5-4 on an extra-end steal to claim the September Shootout women’s title.

With regular third Beth Iskiw in Nova Scotia for her brother’s wedding and regular lead Pam Appelman in the stands with her three-day-old girl, Sophia, Nedohin had to do some juggling.

Winnipeg’s Cathy Overton-Clapham was available to play third after she was released by Jennifer Jones and new Albertan Lanie Peters is filling in at lead this season, joining second Jessica Miller.

“We’re a team where family and friends are very important,” said Nedohin. “There was nobody better to ask than Cathy, who’s one of my best friends as a competitive curler. What an honour to get to play with her and learn a thing or two.

“More than anything, I’m happy for Cathy. This is her first event. She played superb. She’s the best.”

Playing against King has always been a unique experience for Nedohin.

“We stole it. I’d rather not have won it that way,” said Nedohin.

“Supposedly, Cathy’s in retirement, ha, ha! Curling’s in her blood and it always has been. When these guys are supposedly not curling much this year, they’re relaxed, they’re calm and having a good time. Boom, they make the final.

“Realistically, she had the game. Whenever Cathy and I square up against each other, she’s always playing 95%. She knows me inside out, knows where my weaknesses are and plays to them.”

Overton-Clapham came out a winner in her first spiel away from her world championship team.

“It was a good weekend,” said Overton-Clapham. “I enjoyed playing with the girls. We got fortunate, but that happens.”

King, the event’s defending champion, plans to wind down her illustrious career.

“I’m not playing any other Tour event that I know of,” said King.

“This is the only one I signed up for. We did OK with our little pick-up team.”

con.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca


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