London calling!

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:46 AM ET

It's London Calling!

And, if Cathy King answers in today's 2 p.m. clash at the Shamrock, her team will be off to the Scott Tournament of Hearts in the southern Ontario city next month.

King can put an exclamation mark beside her title of Alberta's greatest female skip of all time with her sixth career title.

There's a chance the team can run the table.

The team has run off 14 straight playdowns wins against no losses. That includes their 10-5 doubling of Grande Prairie's Kristie Moore in yesterday's round-robin finale.

Still, there's bit of appehension in her voice as she takes a 'don't count your chickens before they hatch' approach.

"Hopefully, hopefully, we'll be fine,'' said King. "Getting back to this position for a chance to get back to the Scotts, it's hard to feel comfortable.''

It's taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears getting to this point. The longer a winning streak goes, the harder it is to keep it going.

"You work so hard all year to get to this,'' said King. "How can you not get excited if you win? There's so much work, so much sacrificing. Everyone in your family misses you for a lot of months when you're trying to get to your goals.

"When you finally do, it's a thrill.''

NATURALLY TALENTED

This supporting cast is a more naturally talented group that the hard-working team that wore Team Canada colours in 1999.

"Maybe the stars are aligned - who knows,'' said King. "We'll have to come out with our A game and throw 'em good. You have to have the butterflies, but you have to have them under control.

"It doesn't get easier - especially when you're 7-0 here. People absolutely want to be knocking you off in the final. All I want to do is play good.''

They're more patient than overpowering, waiting for the right moment to pounce and deliver a knockout punch.

"I agree,'' said third Lori Armitstead, who's pulled the trigger on more than one super shot. "Key shots - that's curling. One key shot can be the TSN turning point.

"Cathy's reading the ice well, we feel comfortable out there and the outcomes have been going our way.''

One more win would mark only the second time King has gone undefeated in the round robin. The last time was 1998, when King won her first Scotts, after winning her second straight Alberta title.

"I'm just following Marcel. He's the leader,'' said second Raylene Rocque about her husband, lead for the world champ Randy Ferbey foursome.

"I asked him last night, 'Hey have you gone undefeated at the provincials even once?' He said 'Um, every time except once.' So, we're just trying to follow him.''

QUIET CONFIDENCE

There's a quiet confidence that they can make the key shot when they need to.

"There's tons of major key shots being made,'' said Rocque. "That's the difference between this year and last year. We played well last year, but I think we're playing better this year.''

The final exam goes this afternoon.


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