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MorningIssue 5 Sunday, December 5, 2010 An Offcial Publication of the Canadian Curling Association.TrytheHalf Cup!This is the package that puts you in the heat of the action all day Saturday and all day Sunday when all the big points are on the line!$165Includes GST & service charges.Make Your Day!Single Day Passes are Also Available!If weekdays work better for your schedule, sample our day passes on Thursday and Friday.$69January 13 - 16, 2011 5ervus Credit Union PIaceFor tickets call 780.451.8000 or order onlineMarc KennedyIncludes GST & service charges.Clean sweep?Heres the deal: Cheryl Bernard, Carolyn Darbyshire and Cori Morris have qualified for their first Canada Cup womens final. Kevin Martin seeks his fourthCanada Cup title in a classicconfrontation with Glenn Howard Page 2 Cheryl Bernard, Stefanie Lawtonare on a collision course . . .with a $25,000 payday at stake Page 3Page 2 Sunday, December 5, 2010MensFinalToday12:30 p.m. Kevin Martin(6-0, A1-B1winner) vs. Glenn Howard (6-1, seminal winner)Hello,stranger:Martin,Howardto meetin finalLarry Woodand Todd KimberleyMorning Cup EditorsTeamwork is prov-ing to be the key for Kevin Martins defending Olympic cham-pion quartet as they head into todays 12:30 p.m. championship nal in the Canada Cup of Curling at the Medicine Hat Arena.The Edmonton-based Martin outt won its sixth straight game at the Canadian Curling Associa-tions rst major event of the season, defeating Glenn Howard of Coldwater, Ont., 7-4 in the Page One playoff game at The Arena on Sat-urday morning.We feel good. Its the truth, said Martin, whose Saville Sports Centre outt includes third John Morris, second Marc Kennedy, and lead Ben Hebert.I didnt play very well, but then John did. And John didnt play very well last night (in their pool-play -nale against Randy Ferbey), so then Marc did. So its all up to somebody else.Which is to say, its a team game.Howard, whose record against Martin is far from scintillating 0-for-6 in the Tim Hortons Brier, 1-for-3 in the Canadian Olympic trials and the Canada Cup and 1-for-2 in the Players champion-ship earned another shot at the gold-medal team Saturday night by ousting defending Brier champion Kevin Koe of Edmonton 9-7 in the seminal.Were all mentally ready, said Howard after-ward. Its just all four of us have to be playing well. My front end struggled this morning and put a lot of pressure on us. We had a couple of bad rocks we didnt pick up on. But for this game we get to pick a whole net. I think well be ne.The Ontario skip admit-ted his record against the Martin outt has been hor-rible lately.The last few years hes got us just about every time. We throw the odd one in there for his three or four, said Howard.We didnt play well at all this morning. I felt gthe rst four or ve ends he should have blown us out. We just have to come out better this time.The semi-nal progressed in yo-yo fashion for open-ers. Howard opened with a deuce, Koe replied with one and then stole two in the third when Howard admitted pulled the string on a last-rock draw.But Koe couldnt abide with that prosperity. Howard rebounded with a four-ender in the fourth end when two gambling big-weight shots from Koe failed to come off.He threw two bad ones, said Howard.Please see MEN,Page 10Above, top: Kevin Koe and Carter Rycroft discuss strategy during Saturday nights 9-7 semifinal loss to Glenn Howard. Above: Mike McEwen lets it all hang out during his Page Two-Two playoff defeat to Koe earlier in the day. Left: Wayne Middaugh and Brent Laing bring a Howard rock into the house.Page 3 2010 Canada Cup378 1ST ST. SE | 403.526.5991GET ABITE ATRIVERDENTAL.COMWomensFinalToday11 a.m. Cheryl Bernard (5-1, A1-B1 winner) vs. Stefanie Lawton (6-1,seminal winner)Larry Woodand Todd KimberleyMorning Cup EditorsCalgarys Cheryl Bernard is back in Olympic-Games form and shell face Saskatoons Stefanie Law-ton to provide conclusive proof when the womens scrapping at Canada Cup of Curling winds up in a battle for $25,000 today at 11 a.m. MT at The Arena.Bernard and Lawton took turns making short work of an 18-game winning streak amassed by Calgarys Shannon Kleibrink heading into Satur-days Page playoffs.Winning her eighth straight over her Cowtown rival, Bernard and her team of Susan OConnor, Carolyn Darbyshire and Cori Morris stole vital fth- and sixth-end singles en route to a 6-4 duke in the Page One morning match and advanced directly to the championship nal.Kleibrink ap-peared frustrated by a relentless Lawton onslaught in the afternoon semi-nal and surrendered 8-4. Lawton, with Sherry Anderson, Sherri Singler and Marliese Kasner op-erating efciently in front, clobbered Krista McCarville of Thun-der Bay 9-2 to emerge from the sudden-death Page Two scufe.We came to play today and it re-ally showed, said the 30-year-old Lawton. We made all kinds of shots.They (Kleibrink) just struggled with draw weight and having an early lead we were able to hit away.Much was being made of the addition of veteran skip Sherry Anderson to Law-tons lineup.She brings a ton of expe-rience, says Lawton, who moved sister Kasner down to lead when Anderson became available. And she brings a calming manner.Said Anderson, who closed out the Saturday semi with a triple takeout: Maybe the time is right for this now. Were still in the honeymoon stage but it has been enjoyable.I think, from experience playing with your fam-ily, playing with sisters, its different and you do things differently with somebody whos not your sister.Its probably working well in the house with Stefanie because were more of a team and not two sisters back there, if you get what I mean. And Marliese is playing so well at lead, she hasnt missed a double this year, I dont think.Lawton said her team will need the A-game if it hopes to compete with Bernards Olympians this morning at The Arena.Please see WOMEN,Page 7Bernard, Lawton take turnsbursting Kleibrinks balloonStefanie Lawton: Two big wins on Saturday.Page 4 Sunday, December 5, 2010ATB Financial is a registered trademark of Alberta Treasury Branches.Proud to be at the 2010 Canada Cup of Curling+855