Bernard finding 'way to win'

By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency


Canadian skip Cheryl Bernard improved to 2-0 at the Vancouver Olympics with a win over Japan Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010. (DANIEL MALLARD/QMI AGENCY)

VANCOUVER — It’s like the Roar of the Rings Olympic trials so far, says Susan O’Connor.

“We’re finding a way to win early. But we’re not playing well,” said O'Connor, Cheryl Bernard’s third.

For her second straight game, Bernard was required to throw her last rock, a simple, wide-open takeout for three to dispatch Japan’s Moe Meguro 7-6.

“It’s nice to pull one of those out of your hat,” she said of two straight games in which she made her last rock shot to win the game.

In Tuesday’s opener, she had to draw to the four-foot against two-time Olympic silver-medal winner Mirjam Ott of Switzerland to secure victory.

The Japanese skip curled only 54% in the game, but the Canadians spotted her three in the second end and chased the game all the way to the end.

“We weren’t quite as sharp as we usually are,” said Bernard of her Calgary rink which includes second Carolyn Darbyshire and lead Cori Bartel.

Both Canadian teams go into the third day of competition at the curling venue down the right field line at Nat Bailey Stadium with 2-0 records.

terry.jones@sunmedia.ca

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