January 30, 2011
Curling gods abandon Nedohin
By CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - CAMROSE — An Alberta final is the last time a skip needs their draw weight to abandon them.
Even though the curling gods smiled as Heather Nedohin stole a 7-6 extra-end win over Olympic silver-medallist Cheryl Bernard in Sunday morning's semifinal, they were definitely frowning in her team's loss to Shannon Kleibrink in the final.
Nedohin was short in the second end and long in the seventh, giving up costly steals she could not recover from.
"I had the button all week, so it was a bit surprising to us when my rocks weren't making it to where I wanted," said Nedohin, who found herself down 5-1 after four. "We had a couple of brain (stinkers)."
In the eighth, Nedohin called a gutsy raise-double for four, but had to settle for a single.
"I missed it by an inch," said Nedohin. "In our first game against Shannon, I missed a double by an inch. I just missed a quad by an inch. I'm not going to hold back on an opportunity for four."
Still, Nedohin did make it into the final game and she'll have to be satisfied with that.
"We fought back, we were grinders," said Nedohin. "It was a disappointing final, but we held our own.
"There was issues out here (this weekend) I've never seen before. There was burned rocks, there was hogline things. There was a lot of adversity. We got down, we gave up four, we had measurements. It was a crazy week, but we kept our composure.
"We played hard. Again, it's a disappointing final, but if you were here and watched the rest of the week, there were some fantastic games. Our team played solid."
It was a tough path and the team had to grind it out in seven starts just to get to the final.
"We played solid until (Sunday)," said Nedohin. "We had our opportunities but overall, we can walk away from this week saying we didn't hold anything back."