Team Sweeting steals the way to Roar of the Rings
- Updated: November 21, 2013
The Val Sweeting team, playing out of Edmonton’s Saville Sports Centre, battled through the pressure at the 2013 Capital One Road to the Roar, presented by Monsanto, to secure the final women’s berth in the most prestigious event in Canadian curling.
In the do-or-die C-Event final, facing 2010 Olympic silver-medallist Cheryl Bernard, Sweeting stole a pair in the 10th end to keep the team’s hopes alive. They moved on to play two-time Scotties champion Kelly Scott with a trip on the line to the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, presented Monsanto, Dec. 1-8 in Winnipeg.
The match against Scott turned in Sweeting’s favour in the sixth end when the Albertan stole three to take a 5-2 lead. While Scott kept the game close, Sweeting drew the button in the last end to seal the victory.
“We knew we had to stay strong and they would get back in it,” said Sweeting, following the final game.
It will be the second trip of the season to Winnipeg for the Sweeting team, including Dana Ferguson, Joanne Courtney and Rachelle Pidherny. At the end of October they competed in the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Women’s Curling Classic – where they lost qualifying matches in all three events of the triple-knockout competition.
“We had a very early flight back to Edmonton, and the first thing we did was go and practice at the Saville. We didn’t want to be disappointed like that here. To have all that hard work pay off feels great,” said Sweeting.
The 26-year-old Sweeting made a name for herself on the competitive curling circuit in 2010 when she rocked the Alberta curling establishment by defeating a pair of veterans, Shannon Kleibrink and Cathy King, on the way to making history as the youngest skip to represent the province at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
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