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.
Hello everybody we just got back from the National presented by Syncrude. The National was the third leg of the four Grand Slams of the curling season. This year it was held in Fort Mcmurray, Alberta and was one of the best slams we have played in. The event was very well organized and with all of the volunteers and new sponsors it was a great success.
This Grand Slam was played with the five rock rule, the only difference with this is teams are unable to remove any guards for the first five rocks. With the five rock rule it creates an environemnt with every end being exciting with lots of rock around the 4 foot area. With all of the positive feedback from the curlers and fans the Grand Slams are using it in the final Grand Slam of the year at the Players Championship in Summerside P.E.I.
We started our event with our first game against Jeff Stoughton. We controlled the whole game and were able to pull off the win in an extra end with a good draw by Steve. Next up we had Kevin Martin and played a great game but came up short when Kevin hit the button for the win. The next day we had two games playing Mike McEwen and the Japanese team. We lost to McEwen but in a must win against the Japanese team we pulled out another extra end win. On Saturday morning we played the young Brennan Botcher Team and pulled out a big win to set up another battle with the 13-0 (5 rock rule record) Mike McEwen in the quarterfinals. We played a very good game and came away with a win. We then battled against Glen Howard and it was a back and forth game but just fell short.
We have had a very successful past three weeks including the Tim Horton’s Brier coming in a tie for fifth place and now adding our results at the Grand Slam getting third place. We have one more event left this season at the Players Championship, which consists of the top 15 teams in the world. Thank you all for following along and we hope to play well in Summerside P.E.I.
As we woke up to a nice sprinkle of snow up in the higher elevation of Kamloops, we sat around the table at breakfast and reflected on the past two days. Two wins, one loss, one Ford Hot Shots 2 year lease (Kirk), and one Ford Mustang HotWheels (Matty, 5th man Olympics). Pretty good two days we said to one another. We noted how we are seeing the shape of the ice well, feeling healthy, and team morale is high.
Quick Game Recaps
NWT/YK- We controllled most of the game to our style of play. There were a few ends that were shaping up as trouble for Team Sask, but we survived and snuck out the win.
QUE - This was a battle of a game. Coming off a win the evening before and playing well, we had a few opportunities to limit Quebec's points but couldn't execute perfectly. This game went down as a tic in the loss column.
N ONT - This being our third game in a row, we had to rely on our fitness preparations and core curling skills to battle through this game. We kept off fatigue and settled for a close game with us coming out as victors.
An article on Kirk's HotShots win can be seen here: http://www.curling.ca/2014brier-en/2014/03/01/saskatchewans-muyres-claims-ford-hot-shots-title/
Looking forward to today, we battle at 1:30 (3:30 SK) against the 0-3 Nova Scotia team. Dallan, Kirk, and Lyle will be attending the Up Close and Personal session after the Nova Scotia game in the Purple Heart Lounge.
Tomorrow we start the day off against Newfoundland at 8:30am, and finish the day against Alberta at 6:30pm.
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The Nutana Curling Club @NutanaCurling is hosting a send-off party for us Tuesday February 25th at 8:00PM. We will be leaving to Kamloops for the Tim Horton's Brier Thursday morning. Come out and say Hi and sign our team Saskatchewan flag. We intend to hang it in our team room to remind us of the support we have back home in Saskatchewan.