Val Sweeting claims final women's berth in Roar of the Rings
Earns 6-4 victory over Kelowna's Kelly Scott Sunday
Edmonton's Val Sweeting claimed the final women's berth in the Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials with a 6-4 victory over Kelly Scott of Kelowna, B.C. in the final qualifying game of the Road to the Roar in Kitchener, Ont.
Sweeting, holding the hammer in the 10th end, needed a draw to the four-foot ring with her final shot and was on the mark for a 6-4 win against two-time Canadian women's champion Kelly Scott of Kelowna, B.C.
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., native Brad Jacobs secured the final men's spot by beating 2006 Olympic gold medallist Brad Gushue 7-5 later Sunday.
Scott was ready to score two, but Sweeting made the same shot she missed in the ninth end, which gave Scott a steal of one point to make it 5-4.
"I knew what too heavy felt like so I obviously didn't want to throw the same thing," Sweeting said.
"We have the best sweepers there and I knew just throw it close and they would judge it, and that's exactly what happened."
Scott, however, seemed to have the final end set up with the way she wanted it, making Sweeting attempt a shot she had already failed.
"We wanted her to shoot against a couple and probably have her draw. She hadn't drawn in a while," said Scott, who gave up five straight points to Sweeting, including three in the sixth.
"But they made every tick, every peel. They didn't give us much to work with, so that was probably best case."
Scott admitted that her rink of Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter and Sarah Wazney didn't seem to recover from the two days off that came with having a perfect 4-0 record. She was never on the mark in Saturday's A-final against Renee Sonnenberg and couldn't build on a 2-0 lead against Sweeting after two ends.
"We just didn't bring our best the last two games," she said.
"[We were] just chasing a little and never really had our ends set up, and never really dictated the play out there."
Sweeting, who was in a rush to catch a plane out of town, has booked her ticket to Winnipeg as probably the most unknown commodity going into the eight-team trials.
"I'm very excited. We're really happy that all the hard work has all paid off," Sweeting said of her team of Dana Ferguson, Joanne Courtney and Rachelle Pidherny.
"We played well here and we're going to look at what we need to keep doing and what we can do better to succeed there."