Adams confident on eve of Tankard

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In this March 9, 2011 file photo, Newfoundland and Labrador skip Brad Gushue (front) yells to his sweepers as Nova Scotia skip Shawn Adam watches during the Brier Canadian men’s curling championship in London, Ont. Adams and Gushue meet again this week, but this time it’s in the Tankard men’s provincial event in St. John’s. — Canadian Press file photo

Brad Gushue is the odds-on-favourite to defend his title at this week’s provincial Tankard men’s curling championship in St. John’s, but you’ll have to excuse Shawn Adams if he isn’t intimidated.

While Adams obviously respects Gushue’s talent, he has no plans to play any differently against the perennial provincial champion.

“We don’t approach a game against Brad any differently than our other games,” said Adams.

“Brad puts a lot of time into his game and he’s going to be at his best, but,” added Adams, “on any given day, he can be beaten.

“I’ve played Brad and the Glenn Howards and Kevin Martins of the world, so I don’t let it bother me,” Adams said.

The provincial bonspiel, which opens 7 p.m. today the Re/Max Centre (St. John’s Curling Club), features six-time champion Gushue along with skips Colin Thomas, Jeff Thomas, Ken Peddigrew, Andrew Symonds, Brian Mercer, Keith Ryan and Adams, who made it to the 2005 Canadian championship where he eventually lost to Alberta’s Randy Ferbey in the final.

One advantage Gushue has, according to Adams, is that Gushue has played a lot more than his rink this year.

Adams’ Re/Max Centre rink includes Jamie Korab, who threw lead stones for Gushue’s gold medal-winning Canadian team at the 2006 Winter Olympics, Rick Rowsell, Randy Turpin and Craig Dowden.

Asked what the strength of his team is,” Adams laughed and said, “We’re still trying to figure that out.

“All five of us have a had some national experience,” said the 38-year-old who has been curling for 25 years.

 

“My first Brier was in 2000 and Rick was at that Brier,”he noted.

That year, Rowsell skipped a rink which included Peter Hollett, Ken Ellis and Downton out of the St. John’s Curling Club.

Adams said while he and Rowsell will stay in their positions, he plans to rotate the front end among the other three.

“We haven’t really decided who will be our fifth man in the opening draw. Maybe we’ll flip a coin,” he said with a laugh.

“We’d like to have a fresh man in the lineup each day to help us get through the long grind of the schedule,” added Adams, who feels the key is to avoid a big end against Gushue.

“We’re going to have some misses, but you can’t make too many mistakes against Brad. You try to keep the big number off the board.

“We know Brad’s going to make a lot of shots and, essentially, we’ve got to come out ready to play and be at our best every time we play him.

When Adams goes up against Gushue, he won’t go in with a passive or defensive game plan.

“I’ve found out over the years that if you are on the defence, you tend to get into more trouble,” said Adams.

“To be honest, when I play Brad, I try to be a bit more offensive and try to get him out of his comfort zone.

“You are better off going on the offence against him.”

Adams, a native of Bridgewater, N.S., who has been to four Briers, moved to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2011 where he took up the position of Labatt Brewery sales manager.

Gushue will be looking for his 10th Brier appearance in 11 years.

While the current edition of the Gushue rink hasn’t been doing all that well lately on the mainland, it has been untouchable on the local scene when it comes to the provincial playdowns in recent years.

Gushue won his sixth straight provincial men's Labatt Tankard curling championship with a 9-3 victory over Ken Peddigrew last season at the Carol Curling Club in Labrador City.

Gushue's dominance was evident throughout last year’s Tankard as he went undefeated and only one of his games went the distance.

This year’s Gushue team includes third Adam Casey, second Brett Gallant, replacing Ryan Fry, and lead Geoff Walker.

There are two draws, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Wednesday and three draws,10 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday’s. Play continues Friday and Saturday with tie breakers and the Page playoff rounds with the final set for 1 p.m.

The provincial winner will represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the Tim Hortons Brier  March 2-10 at Rexall Place in Edmonton.

 

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

 

Teams entered in the 2013 provincial Tankard men’s curling championship

 

Skip: Brad Gushue

Third: Adam Casey

Second: Brett Gallant

Lead Geoff Walker

Club: Bally Haly Curling Club

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Skip: Colin Thomas

Third: Cory Schuh

Second: Chris Ford

Lead: Spencer Wicks

Coach: Jeff Thomas

Club: Re/Max Centre

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Skip: Jeff Thomas

Third: Lorne Henderson

Second: Paul Harvey

Lead: Wayne Young

Club: Re/Max Centre

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Skip: Ken Peddigrew

Third: Dave Noftall

Second: Jeff Rose

Lead: Keith Jewer

Club: Re/Max Centre

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Skip: Shawn Adams

Third: Rick Rowsell

Second: Randy Turpin

Lead: Craig Dowden

Fifth: Jamie Korab

Club: Re/Max Centre

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Skip: Andrew Symonds

Third: Mark Healy

Second: Cory Ewart

Lead: Jamie Danbrook

Club: Re/Max Centre

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Skip: Brian Mercer

Third: Kirk Foster

Second: Jody Wentzell

Lead: Jonathan Brenton

Club: Carol Curling Club

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Skip: Keith Ryan

Third: Mike Ryan

Second: Cory Hennessy

Lead: Dennis Langdon

Club: Carol Curling Club

 

Organizations: Max Centre, Carol Curling Club

Geographic location: Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Bridgewater Edmonton.jbrowne

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  • derek
    February 09, 2013 - 15:55

    Geeez Adams, you didn't even make Brad break a sweat. I guess he showed you who the boss is in our province.

  • Jackie Barrett
    February 05, 2013 - 07:52

    Because I'm originally from Nova Scotia as well as Shawn Adams, I'll be cheering for both the Gushue and Adams rinks. Shawn is originally from Upper Tantallon, a satellite community located 25 kilometres west of Halifax, and I'm originally from the Halifax community of Spryfield.