CALGARY, Alta. —
It has been a roller-coaster week for Seven Mile Bay native Adam Casey and his Manitoba teammates on the 2021 Tim Hortons Brier.
Casey is enjoying the third place for the Jason Gunnlaugson-skipped rink out of the Morris Curling Membership at this week’s Canadian males’s curling championship in Calgary.
Manitoba received its first 5 video games, earlier than dropping three shut contests to shut out the round-robin schedule 5-3 (won-lost). That was adequate to advance to the championship pool.
“Everyone is throwing it very near the place we wish to be throwing it,” Casey advised The Guardian in a cellphone interview. “We’re having lots of enjoyable.”
Manitoba performs two video games on Friday towards Ontario’s John Epping (6-2) and Workforce Canada’s Brad Gushue (6-2) and Charlottetown native Brett Gallant, who performs second with the St. John’s, N.L.-based rink. An effort to contact Gallant earlier than Friday’s deadline was unsuccessful.
Saturday, Manitoba will tackle the Wild-Card Two’s Kevin Koe (7-1) and Saskatchewan’s Matt Dunstone (6-2).
Workforce Canada additionally faces Norther Ontario’s Brad Jacobs (5-3) on Friday, earlier than dealing with Glenn Howard’s Wild-Card Three rink (7-1) that’s being skipped by Wayne Middaugh this week and Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher (6-2) on Saturday.
The highest three groups after Saturday advance to the playoffs on Sunday. The primary-place rink advances to the ultimate whereas the second-and-third-place rinks meet in a semifinal recreation.
“This discipline is so deep, however towards the highest groups, particularly, you must play extremely effectively, and the video games are determined by just a few key pictures,” stated Casey.
“This discipline is so deep, however towards the highest groups, particularly, you must play extremely effectively, and the video games are determined by just a few key pictures.”
– Adam Casey
The Brier marks the primary time Workforce Gunnlaugson has performed collectively as a crew all season as a result of COVID-19. Second Matt Wozniak joined the rink within the low season. Connor Njegovan handles the lead’s tasks.
“We confirmed up within the bubble and received right down to enterprise,” stated Casey. “Matt and I’ve rooms facet by facet, and we weren’t allowed to go away our rooms the primary 2 ½ days.
“We spent the evenings out on the deck hamming it up, attending to know one another and what to anticipate from one another on the ice and attempt to construct that bond. The 4 of us are gelling, and I’ve an amazing relationship with the opposite three guys. It’s been lots of enjoyable.”
Casey, who has expertise skipping, stated he’s having fun with enjoying the third place with Gunnlaugson. It’s the second 12 months the duo has performed collectively.
“Jason is superior to play for,” stated Casey. “He referred to as me a few years in the past, and I didn’t know what I used to be going to do.
“I used to be so grateful to get the decision, and it’s been a very good match. He’s an amazing chief. If you play that third function, you get to liaison with Jason and the entrance finish and sort of be that go-between.
“I haven’t identified Matt for lengthy, however he’s a extremely strong particular person, and Connor drives the crew. He’s just like the mom everyone wants. He takes care of us, makes positive everyone has all of the stuff they want and is a extremely good teammate.”
Casey stated that though he didn’t play any video games with Workforce Gunnlaugson this season main as much as the Brier, it allowed him to get in additional observe time than typical on the Silver Fox in Summerside and the Cornwall and Montague golf equipment.
“I used to be in a position to get fairly just a few rocks in,” stated Casey. “We by no means actually shut down apart from a few weeks for the circuit-breaker (in December).
“Often, I’m at an obstacle as a result of P.E.I. will get their ice a lot later than everyone else, however this 12 months with everyone else shut down, I used to be one of many few folks practising.”
Casey stated his participation within the Brier is a household occasion. He stated he’s solely in a position to play due to sturdy household help on P.E.I., particularly from his spouse, Tessa (Roche). The couple resides in West Royalty and has one daughter, 15-month-old Rooney.
“Clearly, going away for 10 days and coming again and isolating (for 14 days) places lots of further work on Tessa,” stated Casey. “She is the one sacrificing greater than I’m.”
Spherical-robin standings at Tim Hortons Brier:
- Wild-Card Three (Glenn Howard) 7 1
- Alberta (Brendan Bottcher) 6 2
- Northern Ontario (Brad Jacobs) 5 3
- Manitoba (Jason Gunnlaugson) 5 3
- New Brunswick (James Grattan) 4 4
- Wild-Card One (Mike McEwen) 4 4
- British Columbia (Steve Laycock) 3 5
- Northwest Territories 2 6
- Yukon (Gregory Skauge) 2 6
- Yukon (Dustin Mikkelsen) 0 8
- Wild-Card Two (Kevin Koe) 7 1
- Workforce Canada (Brad Gushue) 6 2
- Ontario (John Epping) 6 2
- Saskatchewan (Matt Dunstone) 6 2
- Nova Scotia (Scott McDonald) 4 4
- Quebec (Mike Fournier) 4 4
- Newfoundland and Labrador (Greg Smith) 2 6
- P.E.I. (Eddie MacKenzie) 1 7
- Nunavut (Peter Mackey) 0 8
Notice: Wayne Middaugh is skipping the Glenn Howard rink this week.
Jason Simmonds is a sports activities reporter with the SaltWire Community.