It was in the last century, under her maiden name, a different position, different teammates but the same result of being crowned Candian Champion for Heather Nedohin. This was Alberta’s first women’s title since 1998 with their win at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts over Kelly Scott and Team BC.
The playoffs were near perfect for Heather Nedohin and her team of third Beth Iskiw, second Jessica Mair and lead Laine Peters. They beat Quebec 7-4 in the 3 vs4 game and then it took a measurement in an extra end to upend Team Manitoba 6-5 in the semi-final.
In the final they had Team BC on the ropes each and every end starting in the first where Scott had to draw against 4. The one deuce that Scott and her Kelowna rink got in the fifth end to tie the game up was one of the few mistakes that Alberta made in the playoffs.
It was right out of the break that the Alberta champions answered right back, with Nedohin sneaking by an opposition rock in the top of the house to make the hit and score three. The rink from the Saville Sports Centre in Edmonton wouldn’t look back as they played solid defense and Scott couldn’t get anything going. It all culminated when Nedohin had to make one BC rock disappear in the tenth end.
Alberta used the momentum they had by winning their final two round robin games to get into the playoffs and then three more playoff games to earn the right to wear the Maple Leaf. Alberta’s last was in 1998 when Cathy Borst(King) won the title with Heather Godberson(Nedohin) at third. Daryl Horne was the coach of that team in ’98 and now the 2012 Canadian Champions who now head to the World Championship.
As was the case when Cathy King won in 1998, they didn’t have to travel far when they played the worlds at home in Kamloops. This year will be the same and they will stay even closer to home this year as in a rare year, they will play both the Scotties and World’s without leaving their province. They will now head to southern Alberta and will wear the Maple Leaf at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in Lethbridge.
Nedohin will try to capture the world title this go around, after winning a bronze medal in 1998 with King. There will be one familiar face from Nedohin’s last appearance at a world championship in Andrea Schoepp, who will be making her 19th appearance for Germany. They begin play March 17 at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta.
This win by Alberta makes it 3 for 3 in Canadian titles in 2012 after recently sweeping both the junior crowns. Now it is Kevin Koe’s turn to try and continue the trend as he goes for his second Brier title this coming weekend in Saskatoon. Strangely enough last year Saskatchewan teams won both junior titles and then Amber Holland won the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Pat Simmons was a member of the team that tried to complete the sweep at the Brier, but finished tied for seventh and this year will be trying to do the same thing for Alberta playing third for Kevin Koe.