Brad Gushue and his team will represent Canada in men’s irons at the Beijing Olympic Winter Games in February. The St.John captain Brad Jacobs beat with 4-3 in the Olympic trials in the men’s Olympic test final Sunday in Saskatoon.
The men’s final was a tight defensive battle that looked like there was going to be extra time. Jacobs had a chance to hit doubles, but he overcame his last rock a little and rolled to give Gushue victory.
“We had to be near-perfect today to win this game and we weren’t,” Jacobs said. Teams close four of the first seven finishes. In-game eight, Jacobs lost the hammer when he blocked a double and settled for a return hit.
Gushue hit the game’s sole run in the ninth inning, and Jacobs was unable to generate enough offense in the 10th inning before succumbing.
Late misses aided the outcome of a thrilling, exciting, and somewhat unexpected women’s final earlier in the day.
Jennifer Jones spectacularly squandered a great opportunity to win the game in the tenth end. Tracy Fleury’s blunder in the extra end became even more costly due to the time.
When the dust cleared, Jones had escaped with an exciting 6-5 win, securing her team’s spot in the Beijing Olympics.
“If you miss each other, we’re here to pick each other up,” Jones said. “Not everyone can say that. That’s a big strength of our team.”
When Jones misses an open takeout for victory (usually a slam dunk for veteran jumps), gasping is Saskatoon. Climbing across the SaskTel center in the cartoon, her stones rolled, leaving only one game-tie single.
Jones noticed that the rock had a problem in the middle of the ceiling. She yelled angry at her teammates trying to hold it, but it curled a little too much.
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