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Earns trip to the Brier for fifth time in six years by beating Ryan in Tankard final

Brad Gushue has a message for the field at the 2008 Tim Hortons Brier which opens in just under a month's time in Winnipeg, Man.

"After our performance Friday and today," he said, just after winning another provincial men's curling championship, "I'd rank our team a nine or a 9.5. Maybe even a 10 out of 10.

Brad Gushue (shown above) and his teammates beat Keith Ryan's Labrador City rink 7-3 in Sunday's Tankard final. File photo

Brad Gushue has a message for the field at the 2008 Tim Hortons Brier which opens in just under a month's time in Winnipeg, Man.

"After our performance Friday and today," he said, just after winning another provincial men's curling championship, "I'd rank our team a nine or a 9.5. Maybe even a 10 out of 10.

"I really like our chances in Winnipeg. We looking forward to getting back there (in the Canadian men's championship) and another shot at the final."

Gushue won his fifth provincial championship in six years Sunday night with a 7-3 win over Keith Ryan from the host Carol Curling Club.

After a slow start in Lab City, Gushue reeled off six straight wins to punch his ticket to the Brier where he reached the final last year in Hamilton, Ont.

Gushue and his team of Mark Nichols, Chris Schille and Dave Noftall, curling under the Bally Haly Curling Club banner, beat Alex Smith from the Re/Max Centre in St. John's 8-4 in the semifinal earlier Sunday.

Ryan, who curled for Gushue in 2005, finished on top at 8-1.

Leading 2-1 after three ends, Gushue broke open the final with four in the fourth end.

"We played extremely well and Keith couldn't get anything set up," Gushue said.

Gushue said the key to his team's turnaround was the return of Schille from sick bay. The Red Deer, Alta., native missed the first six games with a viral infection and strep throat. Filling in for him was the team's coach, veteran curler Glenn Goss.

"Chris was excellent when he came back," Gushue said. "It was a good decision to sit him out as long as we did.

"It was a bit of a risk because we had to make certain we made the playoffs. But when he came back, there wasn't a close game," added Gushue. "With Chris back, it changed the way we called our game and played our game. The ice was straight so we relied on hits and hit and roll."

Gushue went undefeated at last year's Tankard in Gander. But, he noted, there have been games the reigning Olympic gold-medallist has lost in the provincial championship.

"Anytime you're on ice that's not perfect, it's always a challenge," he said. "In provincials, I would think teams would want to play us early because the ice is slower. Spiel to spiel, playing on curling club ice, it takes us a while to get used to it."

Gushue lost to Ontario's Glenn Howard in the 2007 Brier final, dropping a 10-6 game at Copps Coliseum.

He'll get another crack at Howard this year as the current world champ defeated Peter Corner 9-4 in seven ends to win the Ontario men's championship Sunday.

rshort@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Carol Curling Club, Bally Haly Curling Club, Max Centre

Geographic location: Winnipeg, Lab, Hamilton St. John's Ontario Red Deer Gander

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  • Niki
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    I have to say Brad Gushue's head has swollen a far bit since the Olympics. If it wasn't for bringing in foreigners, you wouldn't amount to the level you think you are at. I always considered him a great curler but he has since lost any since of sportsmanship. I hope the Brier teaches you a lesson.

  • Margaret
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Brad Gushue would not have won the
    Olympic Gold Medal without Russ Howard, no doubt about that whatsoever. I did not use the words
    TEAM Gushue because Brad has, and
    will, use anyone who can get HIM,
    and only him, ahead.
    At the Brier I hope Brad
    remembers that he is representing
    Newfoundland and Labrador, and NOT
    Brad Gushue.

  • Randy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Good luck Mark, Chris, Dave and Brad.

  • Dave
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Brad and team....good luck in Winnipeg. Our province is behind you 100%. We're very proud of all that you have done for sport in our province!

  • MP
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    I think throwing a rock down a piece of ice is stupid, not a sport, and I'm sick of hearing about Brad Gushue.

  • Marilyn
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    CONGRATULATIONS TEAM GUSHUE!!!!!
    WAY TO GO.........LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU DO WELL AT THE BRIER AS WELL.

  • Brent
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Brad should just shut his mouth and go about his business. that B.S. about trying to throw off his opponents is garbage. I doubt very much if the other teams are shaking in their curling shoes because Brad says his team is a 9.5 or 10 out of 10! It just makes him look bad and adds to the number of people who are turned off but his attitude.

  • Peggy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    CJ, do you really believe that Brad
    would have won the Olympic Gold Medal without Russ Howard ? He certainly is a great curler, though, I will admit that.

  • Ron
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    So typical of Newfoundland. The team wins Newfoundland's first - and only - Olympic medal and two years later we're chopping him up.

  • Leah
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Right on, Brent, I agree one hundred
    percent !!!!!

  • DES
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Way to go Brad and team .I have always been a follower of you and your team. I hope you do well. We are cheering for you all the way. Transported Newfoundland Curling Fan

  • Mary
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Ron,,,read what u wrote. the TEAM won and your chopping HIM up, CJ chemistry? wake up, yes Brad throws skip rocks, he missed a wide open draw to the 4 foot to win the juniors, he missed a wide open draw to score a 7 bagger in the Olympics, and he missed an easy hit an roll to lose the brier last year. Wanna responde and deny it???

  • Mark
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Gushue is too cocky. Go Korab Go!

  • Christian
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    History is written by those won, not those who lost. In 5 years it doesn't matter how many games Gushue lost to his provincial rivals in this tournament, the only fact a person will be able to find is the name next to Winner .

    I have to admit, I was rooting for everyone else (aka 'The Underdogs') in this tourney as we all know Gushue can win and it would be nice to see Brad and his teammates really tested, not just on a National or International Level but on a Provincial Level to the point where Gushue would have to pull every trick and then some to squeak a win out.

    The Team Gushue name aside, he will be the representative of Newfoundland and Labrador and I hope he does win at THIS YEARS Brier.

    As for his. 'I'd rank our team a nine or a 9.5. Maybe even a 10 out of 10.' comment, we will see if his body can cash the cheque his statements just cashed. But let's face it, he is Public Enemy #1 in all of Curling. He has to sell his confidence (arrogance?) every chance he gets. He's not telling us, the reader about how great his team is, he's telling his competitors that because he is trying to throw them off their game.

    For the Brier, I will quote Dallas Cowboy's wide reciever Terrell Owens and advise everyone to 'Get your popcorn ready' !!!

  • Joe
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    It was great to see the field step up last week and throw out lost of challenges. There can only be one winner and the NL Champs are well deserving.

    There remains a lot of resentment towards Gushue and the team changes made last year. We have to get over it and from all indications the boys have so lets move on.

    We have tagged people as 'cocky' when they speak positive of their team or situation.

    Good Luck at the Brier...

    JG

  • jean
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    just reading the comments about brad and his team, as a missed place newfoundlander on the mainland, I really don't like the attitude, we as newfoundlanders should always stick behind our teams , without our support how far do you think they will get. when leaving for a spiel such as the brier they need all the support they can get . BRAD I HOPE YOU AND YOUR TEAM WIN EVERY GAME YOU PLAY, I WILL BE IN WINNIPEG CHEERING YOU ON.

  • Darren
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    When he says he likes their chances in Winnipeg, it's just not cockiness, he really believes it. Let's face it, it's not their first time there (lost in the finals last year) and The Brier is not as tough a field as he plays every week in the cash spiels on the World Curling Tour. He will be in the Top 3 or 4 to win.

  • Kim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Mark, Gushue is confident and has every right to be. He's going to the brier again. Korab is going home. Get over it.

  • CJ
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    All of these people who keep lambasting Brad are the same ones who were taking time off work to take part in Olympic glory two years ago. Yes, this is a team game. However, after many weekends on the road together, sometimes teams need a change to get the chemistry back to a winning formula. Even if it means bringing in a foreigner (Apparantly, other Canadians are foreigners now). Don't forget, Brad throws the skip rocks and he has been the hero and he has been the goat before as well. You will never please people like Niki, Margaret or Brent. Heaven forbid we ever stick behind one of our own, especially when he includes a foreigner on his team!

  • Niki
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    I have to say Brad Gushue's head has swollen a far bit since the Olympics. If it wasn't for bringing in foreigners, you wouldn't amount to the level you think you are at. I always considered him a great curler but he has since lost any since of sportsmanship. I hope the Brier teaches you a lesson.

  • Margaret
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    Brad Gushue would not have won the
    Olympic Gold Medal without Russ Howard, no doubt about that whatsoever. I did not use the words
    TEAM Gushue because Brad has, and
    will, use anyone who can get HIM,
    and only him, ahead.
    At the Brier I hope Brad
    remembers that he is representing
    Newfoundland and Labrador, and NOT
    Brad Gushue.

  • Randy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    Good luck Mark, Chris, Dave and Brad.

  • Dave
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    Brad and team....good luck in Winnipeg. Our province is behind you 100%. We're very proud of all that you have done for sport in our province!

  • MP
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    I think throwing a rock down a piece of ice is stupid, not a sport, and I'm sick of hearing about Brad Gushue.

  • Marilyn
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    CONGRATULATIONS TEAM GUSHUE!!!!!
    WAY TO GO.........LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU DO WELL AT THE BRIER AS WELL.

  • Brent
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    Brad should just shut his mouth and go about his business. that B.S. about trying to throw off his opponents is garbage. I doubt very much if the other teams are shaking in their curling shoes because Brad says his team is a 9.5 or 10 out of 10! It just makes him look bad and adds to the number of people who are turned off but his attitude.

  • Peggy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    CJ, do you really believe that Brad
    would have won the Olympic Gold Medal without Russ Howard ? He certainly is a great curler, though, I will admit that.

  • Ron
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    So typical of Newfoundland. The team wins Newfoundland's first - and only - Olympic medal and two years later we're chopping him up.

  • Leah
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    Right on, Brent, I agree one hundred
    percent !!!!!

  • DES
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    Way to go Brad and team .I have always been a follower of you and your team. I hope you do well. We are cheering for you all the way. Transported Newfoundland Curling Fan

  • Mary
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Ron,,,read what u wrote. the TEAM won and your chopping HIM up, CJ chemistry? wake up, yes Brad throws skip rocks, he missed a wide open draw to the 4 foot to win the juniors, he missed a wide open draw to score a 7 bagger in the Olympics, and he missed an easy hit an roll to lose the brier last year. Wanna responde and deny it???

  • Mark
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    Gushue is too cocky. Go Korab Go!

  • Christian
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    History is written by those won, not those who lost. In 5 years it doesn't matter how many games Gushue lost to his provincial rivals in this tournament, the only fact a person will be able to find is the name next to Winner .

    I have to admit, I was rooting for everyone else (aka 'The Underdogs') in this tourney as we all know Gushue can win and it would be nice to see Brad and his teammates really tested, not just on a National or International Level but on a Provincial Level to the point where Gushue would have to pull every trick and then some to squeak a win out.

    The Team Gushue name aside, he will be the representative of Newfoundland and Labrador and I hope he does win at THIS YEARS Brier.

    As for his. 'I'd rank our team a nine or a 9.5. Maybe even a 10 out of 10.' comment, we will see if his body can cash the cheque his statements just cashed. But let's face it, he is Public Enemy #1 in all of Curling. He has to sell his confidence (arrogance?) every chance he gets. He's not telling us, the reader about how great his team is, he's telling his competitors that because he is trying to throw them off their game.

    For the Brier, I will quote Dallas Cowboy's wide reciever Terrell Owens and advise everyone to 'Get your popcorn ready' !!!

  • Joe
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    It was great to see the field step up last week and throw out lost of challenges. There can only be one winner and the NL Champs are well deserving.

    There remains a lot of resentment towards Gushue and the team changes made last year. We have to get over it and from all indications the boys have so lets move on.

    We have tagged people as 'cocky' when they speak positive of their team or situation.

    Good Luck at the Brier...

    JG

  • jean
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    just reading the comments about brad and his team, as a missed place newfoundlander on the mainland, I really don't like the attitude, we as newfoundlanders should always stick behind our teams , without our support how far do you think they will get. when leaving for a spiel such as the brier they need all the support they can get . BRAD I HOPE YOU AND YOUR TEAM WIN EVERY GAME YOU PLAY, I WILL BE IN WINNIPEG CHEERING YOU ON.

  • Darren
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    When he says he likes their chances in Winnipeg, it's just not cockiness, he really believes it. Let's face it, it's not their first time there (lost in the finals last year) and The Brier is not as tough a field as he plays every week in the cash spiels on the World Curling Tour. He will be in the Top 3 or 4 to win.

  • Kim
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Mark, Gushue is confident and has every right to be. He's going to the brier again. Korab is going home. Get over it.

  • CJ
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    All of these people who keep lambasting Brad are the same ones who were taking time off work to take part in Olympic glory two years ago. Yes, this is a team game. However, after many weekends on the road together, sometimes teams need a change to get the chemistry back to a winning formula. Even if it means bringing in a foreigner (Apparantly, other Canadians are foreigners now). Don't forget, Brad throws the skip rocks and he has been the hero and he has been the goat before as well. You will never please people like Niki, Margaret or Brent. Heaven forbid we ever stick behind one of our own, especially when he includes a foreigner on his team!