Sports World champs Gushue, Homan climb to 2-0 at Players’ Championship

07:50  13 april  2017
07:50  13 april  2017 Source:   Sportsnet

World champs Gushue, Homan open Players’ Championship with wins

  World champs Gushue, Homan open Players’ Championship with wins World champs Gushue, Homan open Players’ Championship with winsGushue, of St. John’s, N.L., took down Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher 7-2 during Tuesday night’s first draw of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tournament while the Ottawa native Homan defeated China’s Bingyu Wang 6-3.

Recently crowned world champs Brad Gushue and Rachel Homan climbed to 2 - 0 records Wednesday night at the WestJet Players ' Championship . The Elite 10 winner Morris (0-2) settled for a single in the sixth end and swiped in seven as Gushue made a tricky runback double to concede

TORONTO – Brad Gushue and Rachel Homan kept rolling after their world championship victories with wins in the opening draw of the Players ’ Championship . Gushue , from St. John’s, N.L., beat Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher 7- 2 and Ottawa’s Homan defeated China’s Bingyu Wang

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TORONTO — Brad Gushue said he was actually really surprised when he looked at the schedule for the WestJet Players’ Championship and saw he had drawn the “Group of Death” for his title defence.

Gushue faces the likes of Brendan Bottcher, John Morris, Reid Carruthers, Kevin Koe and Mike McEwen in a powerhouse week at the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling major.

Even while fighting fatigue from winning the world championship Sunday, Gushue has managed to find the win column so far picking up his second dub in as many days with a 6-4 victory over Morris during Wednesday night’s draw.

The St. John’s, N.L., native believes there isn’t a lot of pressure on his team at the event.

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  Canada's Gushue beats Edin for world gold Canada's Gushue beats Edin for world goldGushue drew to the four-foot ring to score two points in the ninth end and delivered a takeout for the win in the 10th.

TORONTO — Reigning world champs Brad Gushue and Rachel Homan picked up where they left off opening the WestJet Players ’ Championship in the win column. Gushue , of St. John’s, N.L., took down Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher

TORONTO — Brad Gushue and Rachel Homan kept rolling after their world championship victories with wins in the opening draw of the Players ' Championship . Gushue , from St. John's, N.L., beat Edmonton's Brendan Bottcher 7- 2 and Ottawa's Homan defeated China's Bingyu Wang 6-3 on

“I think based on what we’ve done over the last month people realize we’re probably a little fatigued coming in here and I would imagine for a team that’s had the couple years that we’ve had I think the expectations are pretty low actually, to be honest,” said Gushue, who won his first career Brier title exactly one month ago. “If we can get through the round robin, find a way to get to Saturday, I’m confident we’ll get the engines going and be right there. It’s a challenge but the ice is good and it’s a great event. We love it so we’re doing everything we can to be ready for each game.”

It was a good start for Gushue, who opened with the hammer and made a draw to score three in the first frame. Team Morris clawed right back in the second with fourth Jim Cotter making a soft takeout to score two.

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  Scheidegger steals to stun Homan at GSOC Players’ Championship Casey Scheidegger stole three consecutive ends to swipe a 7-2 victory over world champ Rachel Homan during Thursday’s round-robin action at the Players’ Championship.The Lethbridge, Alta., native stole her way through the Meridian Canadian Open en route to her first Grand Slam title in her elite-level series debut and was back at it Thursday night at the WestJet Players’ Championship.

World champ Rachel Homan is set to take on Bingyu Wang in the opening draw of the Players ' Championship , the fourth and final major of the Grand Slam of Curling Gushue will first compete for Canada at the world men’s curling championship before beginning his title defence at the Players '.

Canadian skip Brad Gushue is unbeaten at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship , and believes his team can still play better. The first was over two-time world champion David Murdoch of Scotland in the afternoon draw.

Gushue settled for a single in the third end, drawing against four counters, and appeared to pull away stealing points in consecutive ends to hold a 6-2 advantage after five.

The Elite 10 winner Morris settled for a single in the sixth end and swiped in seven as Gushue made a tricky runback double to concede one, but retained the hammer coming home.

Gushue made an unorthodox manoeuvre to take out one of his own stones with his first skip shot to make things difficult for Cotter, who had to go for it to keep the game alive, but couldn’t quite draw in there to sit the two.

“We picked our own out on purpose on my first one because I didn’t think he could actually make the shot that he tried. He made it as good as he could and it was just not enough,” Gushue said. “Fortunately we were right, but even if he bumped it a little bit I’d have a wide-open hit to win the game.

“We controlled the scoreboard, it was a bit of a sloppy game. We had some misses there that gave them the two in the second and then we gave up a steal there as well and made a couple misses. We were pretty fortunate just to give up a steal of one. I had to make a heck of a shot on my last just to not give them two or three. We’re making some shots but we’re just not as tight as what we have been the last couple weeks and I think part of that is there’s a little bit of a mental fatigue and even some physical fatigue.

Homan tops Tirinzoni to wrap Players’ Championship round robin

  Homan tops Tirinzoni to wrap Players’ Championship round robin Homan tops Tirinzoni to wrap Players’ Championship round robinFresh off of winning the world title late last month and finishing runner-up this past weekend at the Canadian mixed doubles championship, Homan closed out round-robin play at the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tournament with a 6-4 set over Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland on Friday night.

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TORONTO — Brad Gushue and Rachel Homan kept rolling after their world championship victories with wins in the opening draw of the Players ' Championship .

“If we can get through this pool and get into the playoffs I’m sure we’ll be ready to go. But boy oh boy we’ve got some tough games left. This is one of the tougher Slam pools I’ve seen in a long time.”

Gushue beat Bottcher to kick off the 25th running of the WestJet Players’ Championship on Tuesday night.

Morris (0-2) also fell to Koe earlier in the day and needs to turn on the jets as his team is in a fight for an Olympic Trials spot based on points.

Meanwhile, world women’s champ Rachel Homan of Ottawa also climbed to a 2-0 record surviving an intense showdown with a frantic 8-5 win over Ontario rival Allison Flaxey of Caledon.

Flaxey (1-1) started with hammer but couldn’t capitalize and just grabbed a single in the first. The teams alternated deuces in two and three to keep pace and Homan took one in the fourth to tie it 3-3 at the break. Flaxey reclaimed the lead in five splitting the rings to set up the score for another couple.

Homan went from two-down to two-up with a four-score in the sixth and stole one in seven to lead by three. Still, she had to pull of a double in eight or else Flaxey would have had an open draw and it would have been a different story.

Gushue through to semifinals at Players’ Championship

  Gushue through to semifinals at Players’ Championship Gushue through to semifinals at Players’ ChampionshipThe St. John’s, N.L., native continues his title defence at the WestJet Players’ Championship making through to the semifinals after cruising to a 6-1 victory over Calgary’s Kevin Koe in Saturday’s quarters.

TORONTO — Brad Gushue and Rachel Homan kept rolling after their world championship victories with wins in the opening draw of the Players ' Championship .

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“We were just having a little bit of a hard time managing the draw weights,” Team Homan second Joanne Courtney said. “We were making a lot of wrong guesses on a lot of our later draws and not quite hitting tolerance, so that was the difference in the first part of the game.

“We had a really good sixth end. Then it the eighth it came up light on a rock that had to be in the house and Allison threw up a guard and then the three’s on, so Rachel made a great one on her last and we’re thrilled with the win.”

It was a rematch of the Masters final from October where Flaxey topped Homan to capture her first career Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling title.

Elsewhere, Olympic gold medallist Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., moved up to 2-0 as well by holding on for a 7-5 win over Sweden’s Niklas Edin.

Courtney, Carruthers capture Canadian mixed doubles curling championship .
Joanne Courtney and Reid Carruthers are the 2017 Canadian mixed doubles curling champions. Courtney and Carruthers earned a 9-6 extra-end win over Rachel Homan and John Morris in the gold-medal draw on Sunday. Both teams entered the title draw undefeated, having finished at the top of their respective pools in the round robin, and were tied after eight ends. But Carruthers and Courtney took control in the extra, and when Homan’s final draw was left a sliver exposed, Courtney made no mistake in removing the Homan/Morris counter to score three for the victory. "It feels amazing.

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