October 3, 2012
Heather Nedohin, Jamie King make finals at Vernon
By CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - There was plenty of gold in them thar hills.
A pair of Edmonton teams came away with a bundle of cash at the Prestige Hotels & Resorts Curling Classic in Vernon, B.C., over the weekend.
Both Scotties champion Heather Nedohin and Jamie King's new team ended up in Monday's final after qualifying out of the C Event.
Nedohin, whose team finished out of the money at The Shoot-Out a couple of weeks ago, closed the deal with an 8-2 win over Russian champion Anna Sidorova.
Nedohin's team earned $9,000 for the win in a playoff round that included five Alberta-based teams.
Nedohin beat Grande Prairie's Renee Sonnenberg in the semi and former Alberta champ Val Sweeting of Edmonton in the quarterfinal. Sonnenberg took home $5,000 for her efforts while Sweeting collected $3,000 in the 24-team event.
King, whose crew includes former world champs Blake MacDonald and Scott Pfeifer, picked up their second straight $5,000 payday.
King's crew lost the final to Jim Cotter, whose third Jason Gunnlaugson skipped Manitoba the last time Edmonton hosted the Brier.
TAKING A SHOTGUN
A familiar spiel has returned to the Edmonton scene.
The Shamrock Shotgun comes back after being out of the loop. The big news is that the event that starts on Friday will feature both men's and women's teams.
Interestingly, both the gals and the guys will be playing for $9,500, a bit more than the first-announced WCT minimum $8,000.
Among the better-known names is Canadace Wanechko of Beaumont, whose club team made an impressive run at the 2012 Alberta Scotties.
Although much of the 18-team field has not made a name for itself on the WCT, it includes several fascinating entries.
Both the Korean national men's and women's teams will try their luck in Edmonton. Chang-Min Kim skips the men's team, and Eun Jung Kin the women's team.
There's a definite Asian flavour on the women's side as Japan's Satsuki Fujisawa and China's Yulin Jiang are in the field. Obviously, they're not those nation's front-line teams, since China's Betty Wang will not be here.
Did you know Latvians curl? If not, you can sneak a peek at Latvian foursome skipped by Iveta Stasa-Sarsune.
On the men's side, Rob Schlender will try to get his new team in the money, Former Shotgun Spiel winner Ted Appelman will try his luck with a team that does not include his brother Tom, who was with him in The Shoot-Out.
THE BIG GUNS
While most of the World Curling Tour big guns are off to the $52,000 Westcoast Curling Classic in New Westminster this weekend, Edmonton teams will be well represented at New West as Brendan Bottcher, Kevin Martin and Dave Nedohin are all in the starting blocks.
The gals big event is the $54,000 Harvest Gold in Calgary, where Nedohin will attempt to build on her win in Vernon. Also in the mix is Edmonton's Jessie Kaufman, who lost the Alberta Scotties final to Nedohin.
Sweeting, Leslie Rogers and Laura Crocker will carry Edmonton colours in the event.
Jocelyn Peterman of Red Deer, winner of the 2012 Canadian junior, also makes an appearance.