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Laura Walker draws winning draw to win Alberta playdown, book ticket for Scotties

Laura Walker drew a winning draw on Sunday afternoon to win the Alberta women’s curling playoffs and secure a spot in the next national championship.

She threw her last stone in the four-foot ring for a 6-5 victory over Casey Scheidegger at the Bonnetts Energy Center.

Walker was third at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts last year in the Calgary bubble. The 2022 competition is scheduled for January 28 to February 6 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Mary-Anne Arsenault beat Kayla MacMillan 8-6 on Sunday to win the BC title. Penny Barker won Saskatchewan’s crown with a 7-5 victory over Chelsea Carey.

Two-time defending champion Kerri Einarson and her Manitoba team will play as Canada’s entry to the Scotties.

Confirmed entries

Other confirmed entries include Mackenzie Zacharias from Manitoba, Andrea Crawford from New Brunswick, Sarah Hill from Newfoundland and Labrador, Krista McCarville from Northern Ontario, Kerry Galusha from the Northwest Territories, Christina Black from the Nova Scotia, Brigitte MacPhail from Nunavut, Suzanne Birt from Prince Edward Island, Laurie from Quebec Hailey Birnie from St-Georges and the Yukon.

Three-time Scotties winner Rachel Homan has a provisional spot in Ontario. However, the provincial association has said Hollie Duncan will be the Ontario representative if Homan is selected to play for the Canadian mixed doubles team at the Beijing Olympics.

Curling Canada will return to only one playoff game this year to determine the Wild Card team’s entry. Three wild-card teams played last year in a single expanded format.

Canada’s Olympic mixed doubles trials were canceled on Boxing Day due to concerns over COVID-19. An announcement on Canadian representatives is expected in the coming days.

Jennifer Jones will represent Canada in the women’s four-man competition at the Beijing Games. Brad Gushue will skip the men’s entry.

The men’s national championship, the Tim Hortons Brier, is scheduled for March 4-13 in Lethbridge, Alta.