No 'woe is me' for Vey

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. -- Funny, she has never heard the term, 'Oy Vey,' nor does she know what it means.

But Saskatchewan third Lana Vey has certainly learned how to win in her inaugural appearance at the national women's championship.

Jan Betker barely beat the Yukon/NWT's Kerry Koe 6-5 in a Scotties Tournament of Hearts game at the Enmax Centre to post an unblemished 3-0 record.

Nothing to it, right?

"It's kind of a struggle-and-emerge kind of concept," Vey replied. "We didn't have a stellar game but you just keep her head in it. So no, it hasn't been easy."

Vey is curling on the national stage with two icons of the game -- Betker and lead Marcia Gudereit, who helped the late Sandra Schmirler win Olympic gold back in 1998.

"I thought they had called the wrong person initially," admitted the accountant. "It was a bit of a shock. I was just shocked and so excited, what more can you say?"

She said, 'Yes.' And she is still learning.

"They had to teach me a few things like line-calling, learning different situations and how to react to them," said Vey, who had skipped in the Saskatchewan playdowns previously. "(The Scotties are) a whole different level. You have to be so consistent to beat any of these top teams."

The last time Betker could remember being 3-0 at the nationals was back in 1994.

"Yeah, we're feeling good about it right now; 3-0 is great and we're thrilled," she said.

Meanwhile, Ontario's surprising Krista Scharf clipped Quebec's Chantal Osborne 9-8 in an extra end -- her third straight in OT -- to move into a first-place tie with Team Canada's Kelly Scott and Betker at 3-0.

"It's awesome winning a game like that but we can't do that all week," said Scharf, who finished 4-7 at last year's nationals. "I feel more confident shooting-wise than I did last year."

Scott battered Alberta's Cheryl Bernard 9-2, which was her 10th straight win going back to last year.

"So far, we're happy with where we are and how we're throwing," said Scott. "But we're still in the learning phase of what's going on out there with the ice conditions so it's looking good.

"Any win we can chalk up will be great because you never know how it will shake out by the end of the week."

B.C.'s Kelley Law nipped N.B.'s Sandy Comeau 10-9 to move into a fourth-place tie with Manitoba's Jennifer Jones at 2-1.

BITERS -- Rumblings here are that Moncton, N.B., could be awarded the 2009 Scotties, with the Brier going to Calgary that year ... Quebec's Francine Poisson is replacing TSN's Linda Moore as president of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation as Moore is retiring from the position.


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