Gushue eliminated from Olympics

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Northern Ontario skip wins 7-5

Brad Gushue and his Bally Haly Country Club curling team’s hopes of landing a spot in the Canadian Olympic curling trials for a crack at representing Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics were dashed Sunday night in Kitchener, Ont.

Gushue, Brett Gallant, Adam Casey and Geoff Walker dropped a 7-5 decision to reigning Tim Horton Brier champ Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

So it’s Jacobs who will join John Morris of British Columbia in the Roar of the Rings Trials in early December in Winnipeg.

Since winning the 2005 Olympic Trials and the 2006 Olympic gold medal, Gushue has failed to reach the Trials. He could not land a spot in the 2009 Trials, for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, after falling short in the Pre-Trials in Prince George, B.C.

It was a long road for Gushue,  the second seed, after he rattled off two wins early, then lost the A-Event final to Morris.

Battling back through the B-Event, Gushue lost the semifinal to Jacobs and had to win two more games before defeating Greg Balsdon of Elgin, Ont., in the C-Event finals. Earlier Sunday, Gushue came out hitting against Saskatoon’s Steve Laycock for a 5-3 win.

Holding last shot Sunday night, Jacobs scored two in the first end and Gushue had to settle for one in the second.

But then the St. John’s skip picked up steals of one in the third and fourth ends to grab a 3-2 lead. It was shortlived, however, as Jacobs scored a huge three in the fifth.

After Gushue countered with one in the seventh end, each skip traded points for the next three ends for a 7-5 Jacobs final.

Jacobs and Morris join John Epping, Mike McEwen, Kevin Koe, Jeff Stoughton, Glenn Howard and Kevin Martin in the Trials which start Dec. 1 at the MTS Centre.

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  • david
    November 12, 2013 - 19:57

    What was that guy's know, the Captain of the Costa Concordia...the guy that jumped into the first lifeboat and left everyone on board to sink or swim?

  • Jack
    November 12, 2013 - 14:05

    I think the root of the problem with Team Gushue as their tendency to choke during sudden death games is due to their Second, Adam Casey. In fact, Adam Casey as a tendency to not learn from his mistakes as he make frequent unforced errors during critical matches, including the 3 vs 4 Page Playoff at the Tim Horton's Brier, and the recent Road to the Roar qualifier game against Brad Jacobs rink. Due to Casey's blunders that jeopardize the Gushue rink's chances of beating the Curling giants, perhaps now is the time to get rid of him and bring back Jamie Korab or Mike Adam. Furthermore, due to Adam Casey's profanity during the pre-trials, Brad Gushue rink could face a $1000 fine from the Canadian Curling Association for unsportsmanlike conduct similar to Jeff Stoughton rink in 2006. Having Korab or Adam back will make Team Gushue well balanced with a mixture of experience and youth.

  • david
    November 11, 2013 - 10:15

    But he has a highway, so he's got that going for him. Which is nice.

  • Gene
    November 11, 2013 - 09:25

    It seems as though the ability to forego the high risk cute hi-light reel shot and opt for the safe sensible route, still eludes Brad. He almost got there in the fifth, but he let the kids persuade him into peril. Hence he's on his way home. Too bad. Great team.

  • Rock solid
    November 11, 2013 - 09:02

    Team for the most part curled well. As in previous couple losses it was a couple of misses by Gushue after some amazing shots. There is no doubt the best 2 teams won in Kitchener but I am not sure the top 8 will be in Winnipeg. Good luck at Brier

    • Jack
      November 12, 2013 - 14:07

      Adam Casey should take some of the blame for not learning from his mistakes, including his hog line blunder during Team Gushue's critical matchup against Brad Jacobs. In addition, due to Casey's unsportsmanlike conduct, Brad Gushue could also face a $1000 fine from the Canadian Curling Association.