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Sweeps second day matches

Defending champion Brad Gushue surged to the top of the standings with three wins Wednesday at the 2009 Labatt Tankard provincial men's curling championship at the Caribou Curling Club in Stephenville.

Gushue and his rink of Mark Nichols, Ryan Fry and Jamie Korab defeated Keith Ryan of St. John's 6-5, and outlasted Baz Buckle of Corner Brook 9-7. Gushue built up a 5-2 lead after three ends, but Buckle was able to pull to within one of Gushue at 8-7 with a pair in the eighth end. The St. John's skip got his final point in the 10th.

Brad Gushue of the Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club in St. John's keeps an eye on an incoming rock while Baz Buckle of the Corner Brook Curling Club looks on during their match Wednesday afternoon at the Labatt Tankard being held at the Caribou Curling Cl

Defending champion Brad Gushue surged to the top of the standings with three wins Wednesday at the 2009 Labatt Tankard provincial men's curling championship at the Caribou Curling Club in Stephenville.

Gushue and his rink of Mark Nichols, Ryan Fry and Jamie Korab defeated Keith Ryan of St. John's 6-5, and outlasted Baz Buckle of Corner Brook 9-7. Gushue built up a 5-2 lead after three ends, but Buckle was able to pull to within one of Gushue at 8-7 with a pair in the eighth end. The St. John's skip got his final point in the 10th.

In the morning draw, Gushue needed one in the final end to edge Ryan who had tied the game at 5-5 in the eighth end. Gushue picked up his fourth straight win by beating Jeff Staples of Labrador City 7-3 in the day's final draw.

Alex Smith of St. John's won two of three games Wednesday to hold down second place at 4-1, while Corner Brook's Gary Oke is the only other undefeated rink at 3-0.

There are three more draws today. The Tankard winner, which will be decided Sunday, will represent Newfoundland and Labrador in the Tim Hortons Brier, March 7-15 in Calgary.

Organizations: Caribou Curling Club

Geographic location: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Stephenville Corner Brook Calgary

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  • Barry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Well said Mark, especially the last paragraph.

  • kma
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    Speak for yourself joe the plumber. Go Gushue Go ! The sacrifice this man has made to get back to the Olympics is admirable. Being away from his little girl for most of this year takes more sacrifice than a lot of people would be willing to give.

  • bob
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    seriously though guys, who complains about local curling coverage in the sports section of a local newspaper. Thats what the newspaper is for if im not mistaken. If you dont want to read about gushue or curling then turn the page, no one is forcing you to read this. Im not a big curling fan either, but as far as the The Telegram is concerned, i think they are going to get more readers with curling than they will by writing about the amazing raptors or maple leafs. And if you are that passionate about naming streets after athletes/celebrities then maybe you should spend your obviously valuable time by writing city council, not on the comments section of the telegram.

  • Doug
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    To Don:

    You're the only Don here so I'm wondering who's Don the Plumber?

  • cfrm
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    What a piggish HORRIBLE comment to make!

    Obviously you have never tried this sport that SO many of us love. Do you realize that 96% of the world's curlers live right here in Canada? Seems to be pretty popular in this section of our world.

    Stick to your day job, I'm sure there is a pipe somewhere with a SOCK IN IT!

  • Timothy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Joe, Joe, Joe (if that be your real name)

    I've always been amused by curling critics ever since I started curling 15 years ago. Most critics of curling are:

    1. WWF fans

    2. Couch potatoes with a guilt complex

    3. Bullied since birth

    4. Abandoned at birth or dropped frequently

    5. Kick puppies for sport

    6. Obviously have a lot of time on their hands if they're newspaper sites giving commentary on sports they don't like.

  • joe
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    can we please keep the coverage on curling down, this is getting ridiculous. It's no wonder we are the fattest province when all we do is promote curling with basketball getting virtually no covergae. seriously no one actually enjoys curling, it is simply an excuse for people who could not play any other sport to get out of the house and act like an athlete for once.

  • Doug
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Here we go again. Another six weeks of the annual Telegram/Brad Gushue lovefest.

  • Don
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    To Don the plumber.Put a plug in it!!!!

  • Mark
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Both of you make good cases, this is where I lose my deep interest of curling and now will only watch it if nothing good is on - the Brad Gushue media bandwagon of 2006-Present Day, I'm talking about the entire province, not Brad Gushue here.

    In 2006, he wins Gold which as anyone would agree is a great accomplishment. Great enough to earn accolade after continuous accolade??? Seriously, how many organizations, politicians jumped on the let's name / give something to Brad Gushue bandwagon - not only 2006, 2007 but even in 2008!

    Come on people, will the next person(s) who wins a gold medal in the Olympics receive the same accolades and deserved attention - probably not.

    I'll give you a few examples of that, who was the first Newfoundlander to reach the finals of Canadian Idol - Rex Goudie. Now, name the kid who did it the following year - anyone, anyone??

    Name the first Newfoundlander who reached the NHL? Alex Faulkner - okay, now name the second.

    Danny Cleary wins the Stanley Cup and I don't see

    - An honourary doctorate for him
    - A Major Highway named after him
    - A sports complex named in his honour
    - Appointments to various chartitable organizations
    - Hell, he didn't even the 2008 Athelete of the Year - and yet, low and behold, Mr. Gushue is another nominee

    I wonder, if the 1992 Canadian Men's Hockey Team would have won Gold if Dwayne Norris would have received the same accolades??? Let's all agree, if he had, we would have welcomed Dwayne back as a hero and would still be talking about it to this day each Team Canada dressed in the Olympics. Instead, since he wins Silver, he doesn't matter, even though he is still playing hockey in the German Elite League.

    If Ryane Clowe, Danny Cleary or Michael Ryder are able to hoist the Stanely Cup this year, will they receive the same honours??? Let's face it, probably not.

    In closing, I think the major reason why people are sick of hearing about Curling / Brad Gushue is because the media, publicity and PR circus that followed Brad winning Gold / a$$ kissing by the entire province of Newfoundland and Labrador and we are still reeling from the hangover it caused.

    Now, for the diehard curling fans who loved the sport before Brad claimed Gold, they are still enjoying the sport as much as they ever did. For everyone else, it's just annoying, it's 2009 now, not February 2006. In the immortal words of Eddie Murphy, What have you done for me lately?

    Nuff Said

  • Barry
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    Well said Mark, especially the last paragraph.

  • kma
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    Speak for yourself joe the plumber. Go Gushue Go ! The sacrifice this man has made to get back to the Olympics is admirable. Being away from his little girl for most of this year takes more sacrifice than a lot of people would be willing to give.

  • bob
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    seriously though guys, who complains about local curling coverage in the sports section of a local newspaper. Thats what the newspaper is for if im not mistaken. If you dont want to read about gushue or curling then turn the page, no one is forcing you to read this. Im not a big curling fan either, but as far as the The Telegram is concerned, i think they are going to get more readers with curling than they will by writing about the amazing raptors or maple leafs. And if you are that passionate about naming streets after athletes/celebrities then maybe you should spend your obviously valuable time by writing city council, not on the comments section of the telegram.

  • Doug
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    To Don:

    You're the only Don here so I'm wondering who's Don the Plumber?

  • cfrm
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    What a piggish HORRIBLE comment to make!

    Obviously you have never tried this sport that SO many of us love. Do you realize that 96% of the world's curlers live right here in Canada? Seems to be pretty popular in this section of our world.

    Stick to your day job, I'm sure there is a pipe somewhere with a SOCK IN IT!

  • Timothy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    Joe, Joe, Joe (if that be your real name)

    I've always been amused by curling critics ever since I started curling 15 years ago. Most critics of curling are:

    1. WWF fans

    2. Couch potatoes with a guilt complex

    3. Bullied since birth

    4. Abandoned at birth or dropped frequently

    5. Kick puppies for sport

    6. Obviously have a lot of time on their hands if they're newspaper sites giving commentary on sports they don't like.

  • joe
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    can we please keep the coverage on curling down, this is getting ridiculous. It's no wonder we are the fattest province when all we do is promote curling with basketball getting virtually no covergae. seriously no one actually enjoys curling, it is simply an excuse for people who could not play any other sport to get out of the house and act like an athlete for once.

  • Doug
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    Here we go again. Another six weeks of the annual Telegram/Brad Gushue lovefest.

  • Don
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    To Don the plumber.Put a plug in it!!!!

  • Mark
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Both of you make good cases, this is where I lose my deep interest of curling and now will only watch it if nothing good is on - the Brad Gushue media bandwagon of 2006-Present Day, I'm talking about the entire province, not Brad Gushue here.

    In 2006, he wins Gold which as anyone would agree is a great accomplishment. Great enough to earn accolade after continuous accolade??? Seriously, how many organizations, politicians jumped on the let's name / give something to Brad Gushue bandwagon - not only 2006, 2007 but even in 2008!

    Come on people, will the next person(s) who wins a gold medal in the Olympics receive the same accolades and deserved attention - probably not.

    I'll give you a few examples of that, who was the first Newfoundlander to reach the finals of Canadian Idol - Rex Goudie. Now, name the kid who did it the following year - anyone, anyone??

    Name the first Newfoundlander who reached the NHL? Alex Faulkner - okay, now name the second.

    Danny Cleary wins the Stanley Cup and I don't see

    - An honourary doctorate for him
    - A Major Highway named after him
    - A sports complex named in his honour
    - Appointments to various chartitable organizations
    - Hell, he didn't even the 2008 Athelete of the Year - and yet, low and behold, Mr. Gushue is another nominee

    I wonder, if the 1992 Canadian Men's Hockey Team would have won Gold if Dwayne Norris would have received the same accolades??? Let's all agree, if he had, we would have welcomed Dwayne back as a hero and would still be talking about it to this day each Team Canada dressed in the Olympics. Instead, since he wins Silver, he doesn't matter, even though he is still playing hockey in the German Elite League.

    If Ryane Clowe, Danny Cleary or Michael Ryder are able to hoist the Stanely Cup this year, will they receive the same honours??? Let's face it, probably not.

    In closing, I think the major reason why people are sick of hearing about Curling / Brad Gushue is because the media, publicity and PR circus that followed Brad winning Gold / a$$ kissing by the entire province of Newfoundland and Labrador and we are still reeling from the hangover it caused.

    Now, for the diehard curling fans who loved the sport before Brad claimed Gold, they are still enjoying the sport as much as they ever did. For everyone else, it's just annoying, it's 2009 now, not February 2006. In the immortal words of Eddie Murphy, What have you done for me lately?

    Nuff Said