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Six-time defending Tankard champion alone in first after surviving test from Colin Thomas rink

Skips Brad Gushue (left) and Colin Thomas watch their rinks in action during their game in the Tankard provincial men’s curling championship Thursday night at the Re/Max Centre in St. John’s. Gushue, the defending champion, won 7-5  to take over sole possession of first place with a 5-0 record. At 4-1, Thomas now finds himself in a second-place tie heading into the final round-robin draws today.
— Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Young Colin Thomas gave veteran Brad Gushue everything he could handle throughout their game Thursday before falling 7-5 at the 2013 Tankard provincial men’s curling championship at the Re/Max Centre in St. John’s.

The Gushue win left the Bally Haly rink, which includes Adam Casey, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker, as the only undefeated team going into today’s final two round-robin draws.

Gushue is 5-0, while Thomas and Andrew Symonds are tied in second at 4-1.

“They (Gushue’s rink) got the setup they wanted right from the start,” Thomas said of the 10th end, “and we didn’t get quite what we needed.

“We just tried to peel our way out and tried to get some long runbacks, but we just couldn’t make it.”

Thomas admitted to being “a little nervous” going into the game against the province’s most famous skip.

“You don’t get to play Brad Gushue every day, but I tried to keep my cool… at least on the outside,” said Thomas who added his entire rink responded well to the pressure.

The lead changed hands several times during the match between Gushue and Thomas.

Thomas jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two ends. Gushue tied it with a deuce in the third and took the lead with a single in the fourth end. Thomas regained the lead with a deuce in the fifth for a 4-3 advantage.

Gushue responded with a couple of points in the sixth end. The teams were tied 5-5 after seven ends and Gushue took a 6-5 lead into the 10th end and then stole one for the victory.

“It was good experience for our team,” noted Thomas. “I’m glad we got to play them in the round-robin to see what they’re all about.

“We proved we can take it to the final shot and still have a chance. Our main goal going into the game was to prove to ourselves that we can do this,” said Thomas, who added he’d love another shot at Gushue, hopefully in the final.

In other late draw games, Symonds earned his share of second place with a 12-3, five-end win over Brian Mercer; Jeff Thomas, Colin’s father, edged Ken Peddigrew 7-6 and Shawn Adams defeated Keith Ryan 9-4.

In the early draw, Gushue beat Mercer 9-2 in seven ends; Colin Thomas beat Adams 9-4; Peddigrew scored a five-ender in the seventh end to defeat Ryan 8-1 and Symonds defeated Jeff Thomas 8-5.

Draw 6 which is set for nine o’clock this morning features Adams vs Peddigrew; Symonds vs Gushue; Ryan vs Colin Thomas and Mercer vs Jeff Thomas.

The last round-robin draw is scheduled for 2 p.m. and includes Mercer vs Ryan, Jeff Thomas vs Colin Thomas; Adams vs Symonds and Gushue vs Peddigrew.

If there are any tie-breakers are necessary, they will be held seven o’clock tonight. Page playoffs, involving the top four teams, are set for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday.

The championship game goes 1 p.m. Sunday.

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





Organizations: Max Centre

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Edmonton.jbrowne

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Recent comments

  • Darren
    February 09, 2013 - 17:32

    Great job Brad, keep 'er rolling. Wouldn't want to see anyone else represent our province at the Brier......

    • david
      February 11, 2013 - 09:43

      Is this a genuine sentiment, a sarcstic dig, or a perfectly Freudian statement / insight that 'picks' at another 'scab' here? Nice.

  • Roger
    February 09, 2013 - 09:49

    Nothing wrong with some BG and curling love. And props to my friend, Melanie, for getting in the background of the picture!

  • Brad
    February 08, 2013 - 21:53

    Gushue, do everyone a favour and look up the word humility in the dictionary, it would go a long way for your "career".

  • jay
    February 08, 2013 - 20:18

    LOL at the guys here that have won Olympic gold medals. Lets count............... Ya thats what I thought.

  • Mike
    February 08, 2013 - 12:41

    Well pal, I agree that we, as Newfoundlanders, are a bit over the top with the celebration. However, he didn't name the highway. You said it yourself "bizarre Newfoundland adulation". Adulation, I'm impressed. Gotta love those word of the day calendars!

    • david
      February 08, 2013 - 13:13

      "Adulation" impresses you, does it? Wow. The debating bar isn't very high at all, is it....

  • darren
    February 08, 2013 - 12:19 obviously do not know much about what it takes to become an elite athlete and stay there like Brad Gushue. He has been a world class curler since he was 16 years old and he still is. To continue to strive to stay at that level requires a lot practice, skill and sacrifice and Brad has been a model of consistency in those areas. I am proud of what Gushue has done for sport over the last couple of decades and I can't think of another athlete (male for female) in our province who has. Keep your head up Brad, informed people are behind people like you!

    • Bert
      February 08, 2013 - 16:49

      I believe what peeves Newfoundlanders and Labradorians off is how he dumped Mike Adams and than Jamie Korab claiming the team needed to improve. They were good enough for the Olimpics but not for Brad. He went to the mainland to recruit Albertans and PEI and make them honorary NLers so they could represent us. Well the majority don't like to see our own get tossed aside. In the meantime he has done basically nothing with the new teams.

  • david
    February 08, 2013 - 09:39

    Answer to the trivia question: Who was the least decorated / most celebrated Olympic gold medallist ever? is a big picture of Brad Gushue. Un. freaking. real.

    • Mike
      February 08, 2013 - 10:47

      I knew it wouldn't take long for the Gushue haters to comment! Keep in mind that he has done more than win Olympic gold. Give me a break. I'm not saying he's perfect but whether he does good or bad, the haters come out. It's unbelievable!

    • david
      February 08, 2013 - 11:35

      Gushue has brought the hate on himself. pal. In fact, I or anyone else wouldn't even remember who he is, or that he still even curls, except for the petty, soap opera BS that is his "career...and the bizarre Newfoundland adulation he gets. A highway? Wow. really??

    • McLovin
      February 19, 2013 - 08:13

      People here are mental. Why all the hate for Brad? I don't get it. So what if he got rid of Mike Adam and Jamie Korab? As the skip for the team he obviously thought that he had a better shot at winning without them and as the leader of the team he has every right to make that choice as he sees fit. Mike Adam was just a sub par curler. I'm sure he is a great guy and is really nice but you don't win gold medals or Briers by being nice. Jamie Korab isn;t the greatest curler either. He is too inconsistent in the lead position. He is also very immature when curling in front of a national audience and I think this is the biggest factor in his demise. I also find it noteworthy that neither Adam or Korab have been asked to curl for any other rinks like Mark Nichols was. There is a reason that Brad is an OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST. He wants to be the best and to acheieve that, you sometimes have to make tough and unpopular decisions. He's still only 32 or 33 years old. In curling years, he's still a baby. Where were Russ Howard, Kevin Martin, and Glenn Howard at that age? They weren't challenging for the Brier or winning Olympic Gold Medals as Skips.