Team Laycock is the top ranked men’s curling team in Saskatchewan and a qualifier for the 2014 Canadian Olympic Trials process.The 2013/2014 season will mark the second full year together for this team, who have already established themselves as the 11th ranked team in Canada and 14th ranked team in the World. The primary goals for the team include representing Canada at the Winter Olympics and bringing the Brier Championship trophy back to Saskatchewan for the first time since 1980.
Read more about the team and their successes so far.
Who will rock the house at TSN’s signature curling event? Beginning today at 12 noon, team Laycock fans can vote for Steve, Kirk, Colton, and Dallan at TSN.ca/CurlingSkins. The Top 16 curlers will earn a ticket to Banff, Alta. to compete in the TRAVELERS ALL-STAR CURLING SKINS GAME Presented by Pinty’s, running Jan. 11-12, 2014 live on TSN. The top 16 vote getters will be entered into a draft which will be televised on TSN2 Friday, January 10th at 9:00pm. Watch for news and updates by following our team on twitter @teamlaycock as well as looking out for #TSNSkins and #TSN.
From Nov. 12 to Dec. 8, please visit TSN.ca/CurlingSkins daily to vote for Steve, Kirk, Colton, and Dallan. As well, each vote will enter your name into a draw for great weekly prizes. Individuals can vote once a day over the duration of the voting window.
We have had a very successful season to date. We have played a total of 5 events, with a record of 16-9, with one runner-up and 2 semi-final appearances. That being said, we are always looking to improve and get better with the Olympic Trials now only 2.5 weeks away!
On Thanksgiving long weekend, we were in Edmonton for the Direct Horizontal Drilling Fall Classic. We had a great event, qualifying through the A-side and reaching the semi-final with a 4-1 record. We once again showed the Curling world that we are here to stay and make an impact.
We just finished the CanadInns Prairie Classic this past weekend with a 3-3 record. We played one of the best weekends of our season, but ran into a little trouble when we received 3 very untimely “picked rocks” which caused us giving up a total of 7 points and very likely our only 3 losses of the event. Without those 3 picks we may very well went on to beat both the 2010 and 2013 World Champions; we now know we have what it takes to be the best.
We received some tough luck, but that’s sports sometimes and we are excited for redemption as we start our sixth event of the season at the Cactus Pheasant Classic in Brooks, Alberta this Thursday morning. We start the event off against Dean Joanisse out of Vancouver, BC. We are looking forward to one last push before the Olympic Trials process begins.
Don’t forget we are in the running for the TSN Skins Game in January 2014. The top 48 players in Canada look to garner votes from fans to be in the top 16 after the voting ends. We are always looking for neat ways to market our team and get votes; if you or someone you know has an idea or an opportunity, we would love to hear it!
We would like to thank everyone once again for their support; family, friends and partners. We could not be where we are today without you.
The season rolls on after a disappointing last event. We are still playing great, just didn’t get the results we had hoped. Sports can be cruel sometimes; we have taken some time to regroup, get back on the ice and in the gym and are ready for the next three weekends leading up to the Olympic pre-trials! On a high note, we once again received numerous highlight packages from local TV stations so were able to give good exposure to our wonderful supporters!
We would like to welcome POS Bio-Sciences on board as our newest supporter. POS Bio-Sciences offers unparalleled expertise and service in bioprocessing applied research from bench-top to commercialization scale; with focus on process development, analytical services and custom processing. They will be donating to United Way of Saskatoon on behalf of our accomplishments for the season. Thank you POS!
We are headed to the ‘Direct Horizontal Drilling Fall Classic’ in Edmonton this coming Thanksgiving weekend. We start the weekend off playing Joel Jordison of Moose Jaw on Friday at 12:00pm. If you are in the Edmonton area, come on out and cheer us on! We are excited to get this event underway and play some of the top teams in Canada.
The team has recently been notified that we will be in the running to play in ‘The Dominion TSN Skins Game,’ in early January. We are 4 of the top 48 players in Canada that are seeking votes from the public in hopes of playing in one of the best events of the season! We need you support! The voting begins on November 11 and we will be sure to inform everyone on the best way to vote; the top 16 vote getters will play live on TSN in a 2 game action packed event. This season’s event will be held in beautiful Banff, Alberta. We would love the chance to play in this historic event in a beautiful town.
It is quite an honour to be among the top players in Canada, which in turn is the world. It is exciting to realize that this team is growing and has become part of the upper echelon of the sport.
Thank you all for the support so far in our short careers and thank you for the continued support going forward as we strive to become the best!
Follow us at www.teamstevelaycock.ca or @teamlaycock on twitter, or at worldcurl.com.
Thanks for your support!