Photo of skips from Alberta Scotties final

Sweeting secures another provincial championship

After the awards presentation was completed and the final photos taken, Val Sweeting talked about her curling season to date. And what a season. Not only is Sweeting’s Edmonton rink second on the World Curling Tour money list with earnings of $69,950, but more importantly, is the Alberta women’s champion for the second year in succession.

LACOMBE — After the awards presentation was completed and the final photos taken, Val Sweeting talked about her curling season to date.

And what a season. Not only is Sweeting’s Edmonton rink second on the World Curling Tour money list with earnings of $69,950, but more importantly, is the Alberta women’s champion for the second year in succession.

In some ways, Sweeting admitted, this season has been much like last, including the team’s performance in the Alberta Scotties which concluded with Sunday’s 9-7 win over Chelsea Carey of Edmonton in the provincial final at the Lacombe Arena. The Sweeting foursome will represent Alberta in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts — the Canadian championship — Feb. 14-22 at Moose Jaw.

“We kind of had a similar mindset as we did last year,” said the victorious skip. “We were coming off a pretty good season as well. We knew we’d have a target on our backs this year but we just tried not to focus on that.

“We just wanted to perform well and hopefully that would translate into winning and it did. We just kind of took it one shot at a time and stayed in it.”

Sweeting never trailed in the final after executing a soft, angle raise for two in the opening end. Carey battled back with one in each of the second and third frames, then traded singles over the next two ends.

It was in the sixth that Sweeting took control, erupting for three points and a 6-3 lead. Carey drew the foor-foot for a deuce in the seventh, but Sweeting replied with two in the eighth, drawing the small circle with her final stone.

Then came the ninth and two narrow misses for the defending champ and two perfect shots for Carey — a freeze and then a hit-and-stick for two to make it an 8-7 game heading to the 10th.

“I felt like there was a couple shots where I left them an out, definitely a couple of shots that I’d want back, for sure,” said Sweeting. “But she (Carey) also made some really good shots to set up their deuces, but overall we had control going home and that’s all you can ask for.”

Carey was never able to get a guard set up on the centre line in the 10th end, but managed to drew behind an off-centre guard and into the full eight-foot with her final stone.

Sweeting, though, had her four-foot weight in her back pocket and calmly drew the pot for one and the provincial title.

“We expected it to be close and they made some really good shots to keep it close,” said Sweeting, who has Lori Olson-Johns at third, Dana Ferguson at second and Rachelle Brown at lead. “They’re a good team but we just tried to keep control and have that (final) shot for the win.

“Its been such a great season and we hope to continue on in Moose Jaw. It’s an honour to be representing Alberta after coming out of a really good competition and a really good week. I’m so proud of the girls for pulling through.”

For Carey, the 2014 Manitoba champion who moved from Winnipeg to Edmonton last spring and formed a new team consisting of third Laura Crocker and front-enders Taylor McDonald and Jen Gates, it was just another provincial-final disappointment.

Before winning the Manitoba title last year she had lost two provincials finals and placed fourth in another Manitoba championship.

“It sucks, we (I) lost another provincial final. There’s nothing good you can say about that,” said Carey. “They’re a great team and they’ll do a great job (at the Canadians). We knew it was going to be a tough game against them. It wasn’t a very good game for us, but that happens.”

Carey could only wonder what might have been if she would have encountered better luck with two of her shots.

“It just wasn’t meant to be for us,” she said. “My rock, my guard in the first end picked or we’d probably have forced them (to one) there, and if my draw curls in six we might steal one or certainly force them to one. But it just hung and hung and it never got there. The weight was good, it just didn’t go our way, so what can you do?”

Carey advanced to the Scotties final with a 7-5 semifinal win over Heather Nedohin of Edmonton Sunday morning, putting up three two-enders in the process.

Sweeting went through the provincial Scotties undefeated, winning the A-event qualifier and then shading Nedohin 3-2 in the 1-2 Page playoff game Saturday evening with a single point in the 10th. Carey, who qualified out of the C event, scored three in the 10th and downed Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge 7-4 in the 3-4 Page game.

In the C-event qualifiers Saturday afternoon, Carey beat Crystal Webster of Calgary 6-3 and Scheidegger was an 8-4 winner over Teryn Hamilton of Calgary.

Just Posted

Scares and chills await at haunted house in Red Deer

Zed Haunted House helps raise money for Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer District

PHOTO: Renewable Energy Fair at Red Deer College

The Renewable Energy Fair and Workshops event was held at Red Deer… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Red Deer College Queens host third annual Pink in the Rink game

Queens raised $12,035 for the Central Alberta Cancer Centre.

PHOTOS: The Mustard Seed CEO speaks at Seeds of Hope Gala in Red Deer

The first-ever Seeds of Hope Gala was held at the Red Deer… Continue reading

Person airlifted to hospital after collision near Innisfail

One person was airlifted to hospital after a serious collision west of… Continue reading

WATCH: Make-A-Wish grants Star Wars loving teen’s wish

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Anakin Suerink’s wish in Red Deer Saturday afternoon

Except for 1 kick, Saints, Ravens are evenly matched

BALTIMORE — In a matchup between the league’s highest-scoring offence and top-ranked… Continue reading

Julia Louis-Dreyfus gets a top award for comedy

WASHINGTON — After a 35-year acting career and with two iconic television… Continue reading

Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West enter Country Music Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE — Bluegrass and country star Ricky Skaggs, singer Dottie West and… Continue reading

AP Exclusive: Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair, thesis for sale

LONDON — Stephen Hawking was a cosmic visionary, a figure of inspiration… Continue reading

Canada deemed U.S. a safe country for asylum seekers after internal review

OTTAWA — Canadian immigration officials have determined that the United States remains… Continue reading

Bombardier sues Mitsubishi over alleged theft of aircraft trade secrets

MONTREAL — Bombardier is suing Mitsubishi Aircraft in the United States over… Continue reading

Three strong earthquakes reported in Pacific Ocean off Vancouver Island

Three relatively strong earthquakes were recorded Sunday night in the Pacific Ocean… Continue reading

Turkey to reveal details of probe into Khashoggi’s killing

ISTANBUL — In a sign of growing pressure on Saudi Arabia, Turkey… Continue reading

Most Read