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.
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Wednesday March 5, 2014
It is mid-week at the 2014 Brier in Kamloops, and Team Saskatchewan is right where they want to be. 3 strong performances on Monday and Tuesday have left the boys at a 4-2 record, which sets them up nicely to make a run for playoffs in the next 5 games.
Saskatchewan had a solid game Monday against Nova Scotia (Murphy) where they were 2 up coming home without. Steve made a great cross-house double to shatter Nova Scotia’s dreams of taking the game to an extra end. The double definitely had the squad pumped up, and temptations of yelling, “COME ON!!!” were very strong, however, the emotions were kept intact.
Tuesday was a big day for Saskatchewan with having to play Newfoundland (Gushue) in the morning, and Alberta (Koe) for the evening draw. Saskatchewan came out firing with a deuce in the first end vs. Newfoundland, and managed to hold that momentum to the 10th end where Steve drew the lid to pick up the game winning point. Tuesday morning’s game was Colton’s strongest game shooting a cool 98% to keep things simple for Kirk and Steve in the back end.
Tuesday evening would be a classic prairie battle between Saskatchewan and Alberta broadcasted live on national television. The game was filled with great shots back and forth keeping the game very close, and making Alberta sweat for the first time since their opening draw vs. Manitoba. Once again, Team Sask had a player shoot 98%, when Dallan did his best to give the Alberta front end all they could handle. Unfortunately, a roll out on a hit and stick in the 9th end by Steve lead to Alberta gaining a 3 point lead going into the 10th end. While the end result was not what Team Sask was looking for, there were a lot of positives to take away from the game to continue on with the rest of the week. The evening finished with a debrief in the hotel of Tuesday’s games while enjoying a slice of Papa John’s pizza that we figured was well deserved.
Team Sask is feeling very loose and the mood is positive. Colton is counting down the days to Sunday evening when he can finally enjoy a few beverages after winning the national final! There is no doubt in this team that they can end the drought that has existed since 1980 when Rick Folk took home the ultimate prize.
Saskatchewan will face-off vs. Manitoba on Wednesday afternoon, and then PEI later that evening. It has just been mentioned that the Manitoba game will also be televised on TSN, giving Matty another chance to show off his fantastic hair-do behind the scoreboard! Also, don’t let Lyle’s grumpy moustache look fool you, he is just as nervous and stressed watching the games as the rest of you!
Team Sask strongly encourages you to kick back and take Wednesday afternoon off to tune in to the game vs. Manitoba! We will need all the help and support we can get to pull off a much-needed W!
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.