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Issue Sunday, March 8, 2009 Issue#2, #1, Saturday, March 7, 2009

TANKARD TIMES OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE 2009 TIM HORTONS BRIER

Ontarioʼs Craig Savill (right) and Martin Gavin of the Yukon/Northwest Territories raised their brushes Saturday in the Ford Hot Shots competition, but for entirely different reasons. Savill saluted his win while Gavin reacted in agony after missing a key double that swung the competition around.


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Howard pulls off stunner Improbable three in the final end sinks Newfies By LARRY WOOD Tankard Times Editor “Wow!” exclaimed Glenn Howard. “That was entertaining, what? But where did that come from? I’m stunned.” Both skips in Saturday night’s Day One feature felt the same way after Ontario’s Howard scored three in the last end to heist a 9-8 victory from Brad Gushue and his Newfoundlanders. “When you miss six in an end it’s a lot of trouble,” moaned Gushue, who had just watched his team toss their Brier opener down the tubes in unbelievable fashion. “Six shots in a row is essentially it. That’s how you lose games. To be honest I’m still sort of in shock. We kept missing the wrong way. And to do that four or five times in one end is just silly.” The match was a gutsy affair with Howard chasing until the seventh end when he stole a go-ahead single. Gushue’s last rock hung out there but he bounced right back to regain the lead with an eighth-end deuce, then stole a point of his own on the ninth when Howard was inches heavy on his last shot. “You hope to heck you get a shot for your deuce and maybe get a sniff of three and then . . . I don’t know SEE how to explain that. I’ve RESULTS, never seen that in all the Page 12 years I’ve been curling,” said Howard, who was wading around in his own granite while the Newfoundlanders kept flashing chip shots and failing to kill guards, as well. In the end, Gushue was looking at four and rather than play a freeze and a prayer, he attempted a double with a necessary roll behind another rock in the 12-foot. He got the double but rolled out and Howard had a free draw for the triple and the verdict. “I felt we outcurled them but that really doesn’t mean anything, “ said Howard, a cofavourite in this Brier. “The only unfortunate thing for us is we haven’t played in a month. We have not played as a team. We couldn’t find a ’spiel, couldn’t find anything, we just had to practise on our own. We probably carried a little bit of

Newfoundland and Labrador second Ryan Fry gets a low-level look at his delivery Saturday at the Brier. rust in here but I’m really please for a first “No doubt we had to win those two games eighth to put it away. We weren’t as sharp as game at the Brier.” today just to get off on the right foot,” said we can be but we made the right shots at the Manitoba’s Jeff Stoughton quickly vaulted Stoughton who plays only once today. “But right times.” in front with two in Saturday — 8-3 over the Territories boys played a good game there. Mark Dacey of Nova Scotia and 9-4 over He made couple of nice runbacks, a couple of Jamie Koe’s Polars from Yellowknife. doubles. It was nice to get that three in the PLEASE SEE BRIER P5


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FORD HOT SHOTS

Savill parks the old rust bucket By LARRY WOOD Tankard Times Editor

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t all came down to a double takeout shot for Craig Savill. Make it and he wins a two-year lease on a brand spanking new Ford Flex. Score less than four of a possible five points on the shot and he settles for $2,000 in cash. Savill made it, in front of possibly the largest crowd ever to watch the windup of a curling skills competition at the Pengrowth Saddledome. “The timing couldn’t be better,� the 30year-old Ontario lead player said following his victory in the 15th Ford Hot Shots, Brier edition. “I drive an old Honda Civic and I just bought a Honda CRV,� said Savill. “I can get rid of the old Civic now. It’s long overdue. It’s rusted out.� Savill went head to head with North West

Territories lead player Martin Gavin, a Brier rookie, in the final of the singles skill curling competition. Gavin led the showdown through to the final shot, the double. He was 22 of a possible 25 points while Savill, with one shot remaining, had 19 of 25. But the pendulum took a complete swing when Gavin missed the double completely thereby allowing the door to creak open for Savill. He flawlessly connected on the double without as much as a brush applied to the ice in front of his shooter. “We knew we had to make that shot,� Savill admitted.

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Ontario lead Craig Savill accepts the keys from FordĘźs western regional manager Gerald Wood on Saturday. Of course, the win was impossible without the help of teammates (l-r) Brent Laing, Richard Hart and Glenn Howard.


Hot Shots From Page 3 “I thought he’d made it when the sweepers were on and off but then I realize I had the shot for the win. I got lucky. I close my eyes and hoped for the best.� Yeah, right. So how does he divvy up his prize with teammates Glenn Howard, Richard Hart and Brent Laing? “I don’t know what we’re going to do with this because it’s a two-year lease,� Savill said, grinning. “It’s hard to split that. So I might let them drive it every once in a while. They’ll have to come all the way to Ottawa and they can drive it for about an hour.� Savill, a real estate appraiser, resides in the nation’s capital while his teammates are from the TorontoBarrie-Midland area. “Thank goodness I’m in Ottawa so I don’t have to drive those guys around,� he quipped. “Maybe I’ll let them jump in the back box.�

Sunday, March 8, 2009 4 The Ontario team can’t use the Flex as transport to far-flung cashspiels. “We fly to almost every ’spiel, I just hop on a plane and meet them in Toronto and we carry on from there.� Team practices? “We don’t practise together much,� he said. “I think in five years we’ve probably had two team practices. We practise on our own and hope we’re ready for the next event.� The modus operandi has been hugely successful for the Howard four, even though some coaches would arch their eyebrows at the mention of it. Savill barely qualified for Saturday’s eliminations, grabbing the last quarter-final berth during Friday’s action involving all 48 competitors. In the quarters, defending champion John Morris, the Alberta third, led with 23/30 while Alberta skip Kevin Martin was 21/30, Savill was 20/30 and Gavin survived with 19 points. Saskatchewan skip Joel Jordison

also shot 19 but had an inferior button draw which was used for tiebreaker purposes. New Brunswick’s Jason Vaughan checked in with 18 points, Nova Scotia second Andrew Gibson scored 17 and Bruce Lohnes, the Bluenose third, scored only 14. Savill led the semis with a hot 27/30, four points better than Gavin, seven better than Martin and nine better than Morris. Martin won $1,000 third prize. “I’m just happy to be able to take something out of this,� said the 42year-old Gavin, who moved to Yellowknife last off-season from Nova Scotia and contacted his skip Jamie Koe about joining the top Territories team. “It has worked out well,� admitted Koe. “We needed a front-end player and Martin has been a great addition to the team.� The pre-event shotmaking competition requires curlers to execute six shots: Hit-and-stay, draw-the-button, draw-the-port, raise, hit-and-roll and double takeout. Each shot is awarded points on a scale from 0-5, rating the success of each.

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Brier Bear was on hand Saturday to warm up the crowd as two members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police carried out the Brier Tankard during opening ceremonies at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

  

     

                  

                     

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Dacey, who rebounded to stop the Prince Edward Islanders of Rod MacDonald 8-5 on the late shift, yielded a crucial theft of two in the fifth to enable Stoughton to get away. “It was a lack of execution and the team wasn’t sharp,� croaked the Bluenose skip who admitted to suffering from the dry Alberta air. “Man it’s dry out there. They’ve sucked out every bit of humidity that might have been in the building. Anybody who’s yelling has got this voice,� he rasped. Dacey looks forward to some Navy blue improvement soon. “They (Manitoba) started with hammer and had us in trouble almost every end of the first half. We were better tonight but still not great. The good news is we’re on the right track in terms of improving.� Joining Howard with a single victory Saturday was Alberta’s Kevin Martin, British Columbia rookie Sean Geall and 2006 champion Jean-Michel Menard of Quebec. Martin stopped veteran Russ Howard of New Brunswick 7-4 in the afternoon’s feature. Howard flashed in the first end and was chasing thereafter. “The feeling in here is great,� said Martin of the icehouse in which he won his second of three Briers in 1997. “It’s great to be back in here. I’ve never seen this many people in a rink in a long time. “To get out on the ice, the first rock comes down, and then you just relax, away you go. The week prior, it’s a lot of work doing the organizing for everybody to come down to Calgary, and once that first rock’s thrown you can relax and play.� Howard explained his first-end miscue: “I just had to throw that one a little harder. That was my fault. But the ice is fantastic. How they can keep ice that consistent when it’s this warm is unbelievable. It’s amazing it’s ice and not water considering the temperature here. “I played in the provincial senior final last weekend and when I threw my last rock there were four people watching. So this is pretty special,� he said of the more than 14,000 on hand Saturday afternoon. “You know, in that first end I would have made that shot if I was in New Brunswick. “Triple-bogey right off the bat doesn’t help. Possibly, against another type of team, you might have a chance. But when those guys (Alberta) decide to go to the defence there’s probably nobody better. It was lucky it wasn’t a real fast game.� B.C.’s Geall opened with a 9-4 conquest of Northern Ontario’s Mike Jakubo in the

B.C. skip Sean Geall delivers. evening. “That was lots of fun,� said the 34-year-old from Surrey. “I wish I’d had this experience a little earlier. Obviously it was a little nervewracking playing in front of all these people. We hit on the first one just to make sure and then got a little more comfortable as we went along.� B.C. cracked three in the seventh to salt away the decision. “That helped a lot, just to get a bit of breathing room there,� said Geall. “I was still a little uncomfortable but it’s getting there. “Our week gets real tough now for the next four or five games so it was nice to get off to a good start.� Menard, who struggled to a 4-7 record a year ago, opened with a 7-5 win over Saskatchewan rookie Joel Jordison of Moose Jaw. “We had a couple of ends where we had him chasing us and we know we can do that end in and end out,� said Jordison. “It’s a matter of getting our proverbial you-know-what together and doing it. It’s not rocket science, it’s just a matter of going out there and making your shots. “We’re not intimidated by anybody here by any means. We’ve played most of these guys before in ’spiels. It’s unfortunate we had a bit of an off-game here but I expect to come back strong and have a good week. It’s such a long week and we just have to try to avoid another game like that again. They played well but we beat ourselves.� The Spud Islanders erupted for six stolen points in the afternoon to douse the Yellowknife gang 8-2 in one other afternoon tilt. Alberta appears to have the most interesting schedule today with Quebec in the morning and Saskatchewan in the evening

                                                      

    


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WCF should give skills a second look

Singles highly watchable C

hip shots for openers . . . Eyeballing a semi-packed noon-day gallery in the Saddledome when the Brier shotsmiths were indulging themselves in skills shooting on Saturday, you might have wondered if the World Curling Federation missed the boat when it chose an invention called mixed doubles over singles (skills) as an event it hopes to take to Olympic lengths as early as 2014. Hey, mixed doubles is sort of OK. But, at the moment, it involves two curlers and two curlers only. They not only call traffic and throw the rocks, they also sweep when necessary.

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The sight of people throwing, running up the ice to sweep their own stones while the participant at the other end is running down to sweep, too, is rather ludicrous. The Ford Hot Shots competition has been enhanced 100-fold with the addition of sweepers the past couple of years. Suddenly, the scores have risen and a lot of great shots are being made. Saturday’s climax, with Craig Savill literally rising from the ashes to hook the title away from Martin Gavin, was highly watchable stuff. Frankly, singles with sweeping merits another look from the WCF. The Olympic panjandrums say they want more variations on its anointed sports. Singles represents an event that carries minimum cost while displaying all the shots . . .    Gavin, the new Territories lead who is being accustomed to the winter deep freeze of the Great White North after years on the east

coast in Bluenose country, comments on the difference in the two climates: “Out on the coast, the winter weather can be horrible one minute and good the next. There are a lot of changes in the weather out there. In Yellowknife, you know you’re going to get up in the morning and throw on the parka. And leave it on until you go to bed at night.” Gavin moved north to work on a Giant Mine remediation project for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada . . .    Russ Howard isn’t directing Canada’s firstever official five-man team in championship competition. “Nope,” he said Saturday. “We had a fiveman team the first year I played out of New Brunswick in the Brier.” But that was a case of Howard being called in to skip a team that already had been formed.

Germany’s Andy Kapp and several Swiss teams have been following the practice for years. Maybe Howard got the idea in the land of the white cross where he was coaching Ralph Stoeckli’s outfit last fall. On the other hand, James Grattan didn’t want to break up his front end of Jason Vaughan and Peter Case and Russ wanted to include his 24-year-old son Steven. Based on Saturday’s opener, Vaughan is the second on the team, Case is the lead and Howard Jr., the alternate. “The front three will rotate equally,” said skip Howard afterward. “Let’s see. Steven will play in the next two. Jason sits out the second game, Steven plays second and Peter lead. Then in the third, Jason will be back at second and Steven will play lead.”

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he year 1956 saw Moncton host the Canadian men’s curling championship for the first time — and as was the modus operandi in the early years, most of the teams arrived by rail. In fact, a Brier special, nicknamed the “Friendship Train,� had set off from Montreal with the western rinks on board, picking up the eastern teams and the rest of the Brier officials as it headed east. As the curlers Classic assembled for the Briers first Brier to be held in New Brunswick since Saint John in 1947, the fans and the media eagerly anticipated an exciting championship featuring some of the famous teams in Canadian

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curling, including: Manitoba’s 1952 Brier winner Billy Walsh (a Winnipeg druggist), Alberta’s flamboyant 1954 Brier champion Matt Baldwin, Ontario powerhouse Alf Phillips (a Commonwealth Games, goldmedal diver), and perennial Nova Scotia champion Gerry Glinz. True to form, the competition proved to be a tense, hard-fought struggle with numerous last-rock wins, spirited comebacks and several notable upsets. Indeed, Baldwin’s powerful Alberta team nearly started off with two losses, going down to Ontario in the first round and then blowing a 12-2 lead with three ends to go against P.E.I. in the second draw, only to hang on for a wild 12-11 win. By the fifth round, Manitoba had moved into sole position of first place, when it upended the Alf Phillips’ crew 12-10 after scoring three in the last end. It wasn’t until the ninth round that Manitoba would lose a game, when they

were shocked 14-5 by Glintz. Walsh’s loss ended a record 17-game winning streak in Brier play, since he had won 10 straight in his previous Brier appearance in 1952. All of the pre-Brier favourites stayed in the thick of things until the last few draws, with Walsh leading the standings going into the final round. However, Walsh lost his last game 12-10 to Saskatchewan, and when Alf Phillips pounded Nova Scotia 157 in the last draw — scoring eight points in the last two ends — Manitoba and Ontario finished the round robin deadlocked with 8-2 records. Since Brier champions prior to 1980 were based solely on the results of the round-robin competition, a sudden-death playoff for the championship was needed in order to crown a champion. The March 9 playoff joust attracted a standing room only crowd of nearly 3,000 to the Moncton Arena, and the atmosphere was electric with the anticipation of an

exciting winnertake-all shootout for the revered Brier Tankard. The fans were not to be disappointed. The early ends were cat-andmouse featuring some great shotmaking, the odd AlbertaĘźs Matt Baldwin miss, but with neither team able to gain control. A deuce by Ontario in the second was followed immediately by a two-ender from Manitoba in the third. From then until the 12th, (12enders in those days) the teams traded rock for rock, although steals in the eighth and 11th ends saw Manitoba ahead 7-5 without the hammer coming home.

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HOME OF THE TIM HORTONS BRIER Pengrowth Saddledome 555 Saddledome Rise SE General Information Contact: (403) 777-4636 DIRECTIONS Driving: The Pengrowth Saddledome main entrance is located on the north side of the Saddledome off 14th Avenue and 5th Street S.E. For detailed driving directions from your point of departure, we suggest you visit Yahoo Maps at www.yahoo.com. TICKETS Full Event Passes can be purchased in several different ways. They can be purchased by visiting www.ticketmaster.ca. They can also be purchased by phone or in person at the Pengrowth Saddledome Box Office. PUBLIC TELEPHONES Public telephones are located on the main public concourse or the north Avison Young Club entrance. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION The Pengrowth Saddledome is conveniently located on major bus routes, as well as at the Stampede Station of the LRT. Routes can be checked at www.calgarytransit.com. ELEVATORS There are two elevators in the Pengrowth Saddledome to take patrons to the two Terrace Levels. PARKING INFORMATION Parking is available on a limited event-byevent basis in the Pengrowth Saddledome lots on the north side of the Saddledome located off 14th Avenue and 5th Street S.E. Cost per vehicle is $11, with no in-out privileges. There is also additional vehicle parking on Stampede Park, immediately adjacent to the Pengrowth Saddledome or at a number of private lots in the area (not affiliated with the Pengrowth Saddledome). ATMs ATMs are available at the following locations: North Avison Young Club Lobby Dutton's Canadian Lounge Flames Fan Attic Store at Section 212 on the main concourse Section 201 / 202 Section 215 / 216 BANNERS AND FLAGS: Banners and flags are prohibited from being hung or fastened to any railings or

wall in the Pengrowth Saddledome. Small handheld signs are permitted but must meet the following criteria:  Signs cannot be distasteful in nature or content  Signs cannot obstruct the view of other patrons  Signs cannot be attached to sticks or poles  Signs may not be corporate or advertisement in nature  The Pengrowth Saddledome reserves the right to remove any banner or sign without exception. BOTTLES AND CONTAINERS: Outside food and beverages are not permitted in the Pengrowth Saddledome at any time. CONCESSIONS: The Pengrowth Saddledome offers a wide range of traditional and specialty food offerings in convenient locations. FIRST AID Pengrowth Saddledome personnel are available to assist any guest in need. In the arena, the First Aid Room is located at Section 221/222 on the main concourse. There are medical personnel on staff at all Pengrowth Saddledome events. LOST AND FOUND Items found before, during or after an event should be turned into the Guest Services kiosk. Items will be logged in by the Lost and Found Department and kept for 90 days. Items may be donated to charity or disposed of at the discretion of the building management after 90 days. To check for a lost item, please call Customer Service at (403) 777-4646 (Option #1) or e-mail customerservice@calgaryflames.com. SMOKING POLICY The Pengrowth Saddledome is a smoke free facility. Violators will be ejected from the building immediately. Guests wishing to smoke may do so in one of the designated smoking areas outside the Saddledome. Smoking areas may vary by event.

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Profiles: Northern Ontario HOME CLUB: COPPER CLIFF CC (SUDBURY)

FACTS

Mike Jakubo SKIP

NICKNA ME: Mik ey AGE: 26 RESIDEN CE PARTNE : Garson R: Wife Jody EMPLOY ME Chartere NT: d accou ntant. HE IS: R elaxed, patient, pum for the B ped rie LOVES C r! URLING BECAUS E: Every game pr ese new cha nts llenges; the gam e and strategy evolve over tim e.

Matt Seabrook THIRD NICKNAME: Matty AGE: 25 RESIDENCE: Sudbury PARTNER: Engaged to Jenn EMPLOYMENT: Independent Energy Services, controller HE IS: Fun, outgoing, party man. LOVES CURLING BECAUSE: It’s the greatest social sport on the planet, but it can also be one of the most competitive.

THE PROVINCE Population:11,874,400 Area: 1,076,395 sq km Motto: “Loyal it began, loyal in remains” Capital City: Toronto Provincial Flower: White Trillium Provincial Bird: Common Loon Languages Spoken: 76% English, 5% French, 19% other Principal Products: Transportation equipment, food products nickel, gold, beef cattle, tobacco N. ONTARIO AT THE BRIER 2008 — Eric Harnden, Sault Ste. Marie (3-8) 2007 — Al Harnden, Sault Ste. Marie (5-6) 2006 — Robbie Gordon, Haileybury (011) 2005 — Mike Jakubo, Copper Cliff (38) 2004 — Robbie Gordon, Haileybury (56)

Luc Ouimet SECOND NICKNAME: Jim AGE: 35 RESIDENCE: Azilda, Ont. PARTNER: Married to Ann, sons Anthony (10), Loïc, (16 mos), daughter Valérie (3). EMPLOYMENT: District sales manager, Polaris Industries Canada HE IS: Athletic, busy, caring LOVES CURLING BECAUSE: It’s a total team sport that has a social side.

Last championship — Al Hackner, Thunder Bay, 1985 Canadian titles — 4 World titles — 2 (Al Hackner in 1982, 1985) DID YOU KNOW. . .  The Sudbury Basin, also known as Sudbury Structure or the Sudbury Nickel Irruptive, is the second largest known impact crater or astrobleme on Earth, and a major geologic structure in Ontario. The basin is located on the Canadian Shield in Sudbury. The former municipalities of RaysideBalfour and Valley East lie within the Sudbury Basin.

Lee Toner LEAD AGE: 36 RESIDENCE: Sudbury PARTNER: Married to Louise Logan, daughters Mia (3), Justine (2) EMPLOYMENT: Emergency physician, Sudbury Regional Hospital HE IS: Curler who doctors! LOVES CURLING BECAUSE: The ongoing challenge to get better as a team!


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Profiles: Nova Scotia HOME CLUB: MAYFLOWER CURLING CLUB (HALIFAX)

Mark Dacey

FACTS THE PROVINCE Population: 942,700 Area: 55,284 sq km Joined Confederation: 1867 Motto: “One defends and the other conquers” Capital City: Halifax Laguages Spoken: 93.2% English, 3.5% French, 1.8% other, 1.5% bilingual Principal Products: Milk, hogs, lobster, paper products, coal, gypsum NOVA SCOTIA AT THE BRIER Last five years: 2008 — Brian Rafuse, Bridgewater (3-8) 2007 — Mark Kehoe, Windsor (2-9) 2006 — Mark Dacey, Halifax (8-5) 2005 — Shawn Adams, Halifax (9-4) 2004 — Mark Dacey, Halifax (12-2) Last championship — Mark Dacey, Halifax 2004)

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NICKNA M AGE: 42 E: Dace RESIDEN CE PARTNE : Halifax R: Wife Heather, so (5), Carte ns Tye r (2 EMPLOY ). MENT: Owner o f two Tim Hortons franchis es HE IS: F ocused, . intense, pre LOVES C pared. UR BECAUS LING E: Competi tion CAREER . HIGHLIGHT: 2 004 Brier vic tory.

Bruce Lohnes THIRD NICKNAME: Juicy Brucie AGE: 50 RESIDENCE: Fall River, N.S. PARTNER: Single EMPLOYMENT: N.S. Dept of Natural Resources HE IS: Committed, organized, simple life. LOVES CURLING BECAUSE: Of the people met on the journey CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Winning 2004 Brier

Andrew Gibson SECOND NICKNAME: Andy AGE: 29 RESIDENCE: Halifax. PARTNER: Single. EMPLOYMENT: Mortgage specialist, Bank Of Montreal HE IS: Outgoing, competitive, generous. LOVES CURLING BECAUSE: I love to win. CAREER HIGHLIGHT: 2004 Brier win.

Canadian titles — 3 World titles — None DID YOU KNOW. . .  Nova Scotia has 59 automated lighthouses.  Some famous Nova Scotia expressions include: The early bird catches the worm; live and let live; raining cats and dogs.

Kris Granchelli LEAD AGE: 36 RESIDENCE: Halifax PARTNER: Married to Jennifer Auger, daughter Olivia (20 mos) EMPLOYMENT: Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, agent HE IS: None suffice. YOU LOVE CURLING BECAUSE: Competition and friendship CAREER HIGHLIGHT: 2009 Brier


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STANDINGS Manitoba (Stoughton) Alberta (Martin) B.C. (Geall) Ontario (G. Howard) Quebec (Menard) Nova Scotia (Dacey) P.E.I. (MacDonald) N.B. (R. Howard) NL (Gushue) N. Ontario (Jakubo) Sask. (Jordison) NWT/Y (Koe)

W 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

L 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 2

DRAW SCHEDULE TODAY

Draw 3 8:30 a.m. B — N.B. vs. Sask. C — Alta. vs. Que. Draw 4 1 p.m. A — NL vs. B.C. B — Man. Vs. PEI C — N.S. vs. Y/NWT D — Ont. Vs. N. Ont. Draw 5 6 p.m. A — Que. vs. N.B. B — B.C. vs. Ont. C — N. Ont. Vs. NL D — Sask. vs. Alta.

SATURDAY DRAW 1 1 p.m. Sask. (Jordison) 100 201 001 x — 5 Quebec (Menard) 031 010 020 x — 7 S P % S P % SASK. 80 238 74 QUE. 78 263 84 Nova Scotia (Dacey) Manitoba (Stoughton) S P N.S. 72 216

010 001 010 x — 3 100 220 102 x — 8 % S P % 75 MAN. 72 268 93

NWT/Y (Koe) PEI (MacDonald) S P NWT/Y 64 165

000 010 01x x — 2 111 301 10x x — 8 % S P % 64 PEI 62 206 83

Alberta (Martin) N.B. (R. Howard) S P ALTA. 77 275

302 010 001 x — 7 010 201 000 x — 4 % S P % 89 N.B. 78 254 81

SATURDAY DRAW 2 6 p.m. PEI (MacDonald) Nova Scotia (Dacey) S P PEI 78 234

012 000 110 x — 5 100 212 002 x — 8 % S P % 75 N.S. 77 247 80

Manitobaʼs Jeff Stoughton has taken the early lead with a 2-0 record.

LINESCORES Ontario (G. Howard) NL (Gushue) S P ONT. 80 275

020 102 100 3 — 9 201 020 021 0 — 8 % S P % 86 NL 80 252 79

B.C. (Geall) N. Ontario (Jakubo)

202 010 301 x 010 101 010 x

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9 4

S P % 71 224 79

B.C.

N. ONT.

S P % 72 191 66

NWT/Y (Koe) 010 020 100 x — 4 Man. (Stoughton) 000 302 031 x — 9 S P % S P % NWT/Y 72 223 77 MAN. 69 238 86

SHOOTING PERCENTAGES (CUMULATIVE) Skip Third Second Lead TEAM

N. Ont.

B.C.

Alta.

Sask.

Man.

Ont.

Que.

N.B.

PEI

N.S.

61 58 69 76 66

76 83 67 90 79

86 85 91 96 89

75 74 66 83 74

91 91 88 90 90

86 88 88 83 86

89 80 82 86 84

86 83 73 85 81

74 81 81 78 79

72 80 79 80 78

NL NWT/Y 80 79 76 80 79

80 69 74 78 71

MONDAY Draw 6 8:30 a.m. A — Alta. vs. Y/NWT B — N.B. vs. N.S. C — Sask. vs. PEI D —Que. vs. Man. Draw 7 1 p.m. A — N.S. vs. N. Ont. B — Y/NWT vs. NL C — Man. vs. B.C. D — PEI vs. Ont. Draw 8 6 p.m. A — Ont. vs. Sask B — B.C. vs. Que. C — NL vs. Alta. D — N. Ont. vs. N.B.


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Ontario skip Phillips pulled out all the stops in the 12th, jumping all over two Walsh misses to draw the four-foot with his last to score two and tie the match. And the Brier was set for its first sudden-death extra-end playoff game in history. It was now after 11 p.m. and, by then, both teams were physically exhausted and emotionally drained. Furthermore, the playing conditions had badly deteriorated as the rising humidity meant that frost had been settling in since the fifth or sixth end of the playoff. But despite not having the advantage of the hammer, the Ontarians took control of the extra-end. And when the Ontario skip put up a second guard with his last rock to protect the only rock in the rings, it looked like an eastern victory. Walsh’s only shot was a surgically-precise out-turn come-around tap back on to the inch or so of the Ontario shot rock that was visible. But to compound Walsh’s dilemma, his stone would have to be played into a lethal patch of “green ice”, which made judging the right weight and line a Lotto 6-49 proposition.

As Walsh set up for his attempt at glory, the crowd gave him a tremendous standing ovation, but given the ice conditions and the placement of the rocks, Walsh had at best a one in a thousand chance of making the shot. In fact, Phillips himself was to say years later in an interview with curling writer Bob Weeks: “I thought we had won the Brier. I didn’t think they had a shot there.” Walsh, known as one of the best shotmakers in the game — especially if a delicate draw was required — asked third Al Langlois to take nearly six feet of ice! The crowd fell silent as he delivered his rock out onto the frosty morass. Throwing the shot a little heavier because of the sticky conditions, his rock somehow negotiated the treacherous frost line, shimmied past the guard, and incredibly caught a piece of Ontario shot stone, which spilled out of the rings. The teams and the crowd then held their collective breaths for what seemed to be an eternity as Walsh’s shooter spun towards the 12-foot. Fortunately for Walsh, it stopped with about two inches to spare. Manitoba had pulled off a dramatic victory in one of the most exciting and thrilling finishes in the history of the Brier. Alex Roberts is a freelance writer based in Halifax


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Russ Howard loves the Calgary crowds.

In 1999, the first year Howard played as a Herringchoker, he was called in to skip Grant Odishaw’s outfit. At the Brier in Edmonton, Wayne Tallon played all but two games at third, but Odishaw and Rick Perron split duties at second and Odishaw and Jeff Lacey split up duties at lead. The team lost in the Page Three-Four playoff and finished with an 8-5 record.    Organizers were popping vest buttons Saturday when 14,000-and-change showed up for Draw One of the Brier. “We didn’t have a walkup like today when we set the record in 1997,� allowed one organizing committee poobah. In order for this Calgary Brier to break Edmonton’s attendance record of 281,985 established in 2005, an average of 13,428 for 21 draws (no tiebreakers) would be required.    Player reaction to Saturday’s crowds: John Morris — Alberta — “It’s outstanding here. I said to the guys, ‘have you ever seen a crowd like this for the Hot Shots? The crowd definitely adds to the excitement. It gives it a fabulous feel. I think it’s good for the sport. We didn’t generate as many cheers last time I was here, that’s for sure. (Maybe that’s because he was skipping Ontario). But the crowds back then were pretty good, too. There’s more of a comfort level now that I live here. Calgary

always puts on a good show. Calgarians rally around and support things like the Stampede and the Brier. It’s just a great place for events like this. They continue to support the Brier. This is a great venue and I can’t see why they wouldn’t keep putting it back in here. It’s nice to be part of the home squad. We’re excited. It’s going to be a good week.� Russ Howard — New Brunswick — “This is phenomenal. It’s curling heaven, it really is. It’s a knowledgeable crowd, polite, even when we got down 3-0 some of them were still cheering for us. They cheered good shots. Joel Jordison — S askatchewan — “I’ve never played in front of a crowd like this and I was looking forward to it eventually and it didn’t disappoint at all. That was probably as much fun as you could have losing a curling game. That’s for me personally. It was great seeing as many people I know in the crowd. Everybody loves the Rider pride and that’s kind of what we are. Just a few good old boys trying to put a few good games together. We’ll see how that goes. S ean Geall — British Columbia — “I love it (the crowd). As a curler I don’t think you can ask for much better than this. It’s a lot of fun.�    Nova Scotia skip Mark Dacey was jolted Saturday afternoon when his second rock of the game began blinking red and green as though he’d violated the hogline rule. Trouble was, Dacey wasn’t anywhere near the hogline. Officials determined the battery for the sensor in the rock was on the fritz. Dacey’s shot was allowed to stand and Jeff Stoughton was forced to take one. Had Dacey fouled, Manitoba would have had the chance to blank the end.

         

    


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Stoughton beats back an old adversary Jeff Stoughton, who won his Canadian titles in 1996 and 1999 and a world bauble in ’96, is back after a one-year absence after squeezing past his old adversary Kerry Burtnyk 7-6 in the provincial championship final. What’s that? A Stoughton-Burtnyk final? What else in new? Well, it really was rather new. Believe or not, the two had met only once previously in the provincial final and Stoughton won that one, too, in ’99. Back with the same front end of Rob Fowler and Steve Gould, Stoughton won seven straight in the 32-team championship. Burtnyk finished 7-and-2. “It’s what we've been driving for all year, to get to that Brier,� said the veteran Air Canada employee. Edmonton import Kevin Park replaces Ryan Fry, who defected to Newfoundland after last season. “He’s a great shotmaker and he can make any shot we want him to make and that’s why he’s here,� Stoughton said. “I think he’s enjoying it. He’s a little nervous so that’s good. That makes you concentrate on becoming a better player.� “We built a foundation to work on over the

MANITOBA (Combined 13 previous appearances) year and the communication’s been great,� said Park. “We’ve probably played about 75-80 games now so, it’s working well.� Once the team qualified from the preliminaries with three straight wins, Stoughton defeated Mike McEwen of Winnipeg 9-7, Brendan Taylor of Winnipeg 7-3, Reid Carruthers of Winnipeg 5-3 and Burtnyk, who knocked off Carruthers 11-4 to reach the final after splitting a pair of decisions with McEwen.

Alberta import Kevin Park has been a valuable addition at third for Stoughton this season.

                           

                 

         




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Jakubo looking for a little ‘Greatness’ He was dubbed The Great Jakubo at the 2005 Brier in Edmonton but a magician it turned out he wasn’t. So Mike Jakubo and his Copper Cliff crew — Matt Seabrook is the new third with frontenders Luc Ouimet and Lee Toner returning — will be looking for some big-time improvement this week in order to erase the memory of a 3-8 Edmonton log. It was obvious early on in the 16-team Northern Ontario triple-knockout at Fort Frances that Jakubo meant business. He won four straight to qualify for playoffs from the A

N. ONTARIO (Combined 3 previous appearances) group, then twice defeated Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, 8-5 in the A-B playoff and 9-4 in

the championship final. Jacobs qualified from the B grouping, then knocked off Mike Assad of Thunder Bay 8-6 in an extra end semi-final after Assad had stopped Thunder Bay’s Mike Pozihun 7-5 in the C qualifiers’ elimination match. The key end in the final was the 26-year-old Jakubo’s theft of two in the fifth for a 5-2 advantage. With Jakubo unbeaten in six games, runnerup Jacobs won seven but lost three. Thunder Bay worthies Pozihun and Assad each finished with 5-3 logs while veterans Art Lappaleinen of the Lakehead and Al Belec of the

Soo checked in at 4-and-3. Former champ Tim Phillips of Sudbury was 3-3. So was Robert Thomas of Salt Ste. Marie. Bryan Burgess of Thunder Bay managed a 2-3 record as did former champion Robbie Gordon of Haileybury and Matt Dumontelle of Sudbury. Chris Johnson of Blind River, Claude Lapointe of Timmins and Bryan Adams of Thunder Bay were confined to 1-3 records while Murray Affleck of Keewatin and Cory Nephin of Geraldton were blanked in three starts apiece.


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Brier Trivia QUESTION OF THE DAY: Only two skips in the history of the Canadian men's curling championship have won 13 games in a single championship. Name the skips and the years they won that supposed unlucky number. 1. No skip in Brier history has defeated the eventual Brier winner three times. But eight skips have beaten the winner on two occasions and one of those eight turned the trick in the same year. Name him. 2. How about the year he twice beat the winner. 3. Who was that winner and where was he from? 4. Of the other seven two-time giant-killers, who was the first skip to beat the champ twice, in what years, and where was he from?

5. Who was the second skip to beat the champ twice, in what years, and where was he from? 6. How about the third skip to beat the champ twice, in what years, and his home town? 7. Name the other four skips to beat the champ twice, from where and in what years in each case? 8. Name the skip and the hometown of the Alberta team that recorded the province’s worst-ever record at the Brier. 9. How about the record, the year of that Brier and the city in which it was held? 10. In Brier history, Alberta has sent only two other champion teams that failed to win more than three games. Can you name the skips of those teams? 11. Their hometowns? Their records? And the years? 12. Three two-time Brier winners achieved their doubles while playing out of different home towns. Name the three skips, the home towns and successful years.

(Answers) QofD: Randy Ferbey in 2003, Kevin Martin in 2008. 1. Glenn Howard. 2. 2006. 3. Jean-Michel Menard out off Ste-Foy, Quebec. 4. John Clark of Fredericton in 1974 and 1975. 5. Rick Folk of Saskatoon in 1978 and 1979. 6. Rick Lang of Thunder Bay in 1976 and 1993. 7. Vic Peters, Winnipeg in 1993 and 1997; Russ Howard, Moncton in 2000 and 2002;

TODAY’S QUIZ

Kevin Martin, Edmonton in 1995 and 2007; Brad Gushue of St. John’s in 2004 and 2007. 8. Stu Beagle of Blackie. 9. Beagle was 1-8 in the 1949 Brier at Hamilton. 10. Arnold Johnson and Orwell Stewart. 11. Johnson of Edmonton was 2-7 in 1929; Stewart of Fort Macleod was 3-4 in 1934. 12. Ab Gowanlock won in 1938 out of Glenboro, Man., and in 1953 out of Dauphin, Man.; Ed Lukowich won in 1978 out of Medicine Hat and in 1986 out of Calgary; Rick Folk won in 1980 out of Saskatoon and 1994 out of Kelowna.



   



 

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Gushue Rock-solid in earning Brier trip Olympian Brad Gushue, with two alterations on his team, won 10 straight and clobbered former teammate Keith Ryan of Labrador City 9-2 in the provincial final at Stephenville. This will be Gushue’s third straight Brier appearance and his sixth in the past seven years. That streak, of course, was interrupted when he was busy with other curling matters in Torino, Italy, where he won the gold medal for Canada. Gushue contracted Winnipeg’s Ryan Fry to

NFLD/LABRADOR (Combined 15 previous appearances) replace Alberta transplant Chris Schille at second this season and then re-instituted old mate

Jamie Korab at lead after Korab and Gushue apparently buried the hatchet and called off an earlier well-publicized disagreement. The general feeling seems to be this current alignment is Gushue’s strongest-ever but it will take some improvement at the Brier to offer conclusive proof. In previous such slugfests the Newfs has gone 6-5, 8-4, 6-5, 94 and 7-5. These days, it takes double figures on the winning side to be close to sips from the ultimate prize. Ten teams contested the chase on The Rock and Gushue’s sweep of the round robin jetted

him right to the championship match. Ryan, who was 5-4 in the prelims, knocked off Alex Smith of St. John’s 8-4 and Gary Oke of Corner Brook 7-3 to qualify for the final. In the end, no team other than Gushue’s lost less than four games. Brad Gushue is bringing a strong lineup into the Brier.

        

     

         

  

 

      

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