Iskiw, Nedohin full of surprises

Alberta skip Heather Nedohin (L) reacts to her shot in the last end of the game with third Beth...

Alberta skip Heather Nedohin (L) reacts to her shot in the last end of the game with third Beth Iskiw during their draw against Yukon/Northwest Territories at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts curling championship in Red Deer, Alberta February 18, 2012. REUTERS/Todd Korol

Con Griwkowsky, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:58 PM ET

LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. - They’re full of surprises, this Heather Nedohin crew.

From their sometimes salty on-ice language to their use of farts to describe their oops moments.

Betty and Dorothy are another matter. They’re the alter egos of third Beth Iskiw (Betty) and Nedohin (Dorothy).

The back-end combination of former Canadian junior champs, now curling moms, have been together for five seasons. On some level, the duo must have decided that they’d finally found somebody they could curl with the rest of their lives — that they’d grow old together.

Betty and Dorothy were created during one of those slow moments during a bonspiel in Vernon.

“We were sitting in a restaurant and there was another table of four older women,” said Nedohin. “We kinda said, ‘Oh, that’s probably us four in the future.’ Then, one of them wasn’t there. You could hear the ladies say, ‘Oh, she’s just tired. Poor Dorothy, she’s just tired.’

“We were just laughing because here we are, four younger players and we were seeing the future of all of us. Now, there’s time where Betty and I, were the ones going home early because we’re so tired. The other two are up late. We snuggle up into our beds and we laugh at each other because we’re the old girls. We’re not but we act like it sometimes.”

Iskiw said the relationship is solid enough that the pair have no reason to look for other options.

“We’ve roomed together in the five years we’ve been together, so we know each other quite well,” said Iskiw. “Off the ice, our kids play with each other and our husbands are real good friends. We have become closer and closer. We just really enjoy each other.”

When Iskiw moved here from Nova Scotia with husband Blayne, it meant breaking up another important relationship. Iskiw had curled with Meredith Doyle for more than half her life and won a Canadian junior title with her in 1997.

That doesn’t mean the pair marches in lockstep about everything.

Watching their on-ice dynamic as they banter back and forth on shot selection demonstrates each have strong personalities.

Nedohin prefers a more aggressive route, Iskiw takes a more cautious approach.

“We have differences of opinion and we have different personalities, but we appreciate that of each other,” said Iskiw. “We have lots of fun, so we joke that we’ll be playing seniors together when we’re 80.

“That’s the way we work. She definitely wants to hear what we all have to say, what the front end has to say. So, she can make an educated thought about strategy as well instead of, in hindsight, saying shoot, we should have done what you were thinking.”

Of course, Nedohin always has the final say.

“I can strongly voice my opinion or tell here some options, but it’s her game to call,” said Iskiw. “We all support her in the final shot she chooses. Once she makes the final call, that’s it. Some teams have their skips call the shots. They don’t say anything and go with it. It’s a real four-person team.”

Nedohin appreciates the input.

“What’s unique about our team is we have four players with eyes and everybody gives their opinion,” said Nedohin. “Obviously, it comes down to the back end in making those final decisions. Beth can hold me accountable for broadening my perspective.

“Sometimes a skip gets in that little zone. They’re in that and they keep going, when they need for it to be opened up.

“She’s the more conservative side and I’m the more aggressive. We can meet in the middle and do what’s best for the team. I’ve got to make the final decision, but I have to agree on the input.”

 


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