Gushue fights back from tough opening

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CURLING/THE BRIER

Brad Gushue and his Newfoundland and Labrador teammates did what any team with good chemistry does after a tough loss. They picked themselves up and curled back into contention at the 2009 Tim Hortons Brier.

Gushue lost a heartbreaker in his first game against Ontario but won a pair of games Sunday over B.C. and 8-5 over Northern Ontario in the evening draw to improve to 2-1.

B.C. skip Sean Geall (front) yells as Newfoundland/Labrador skip Brad Gushue looks on during the 2009 Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary, Alta., on Sunday. - Photo by The Canadian Press

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Brad Gushue and his Newfoundland and Labrador teammates did what any team with good chemistry does after a tough loss. They picked themselves up and curled back into contention at the 2009 Tim Hortons Brier.

Gushue lost a heartbreaker in his first game against Ontario but won a pair of games Sunday over B.C. and 8-5 over Northern Ontario in the evening draw to improve to 2-1.

"We had a good talk (about the loss to Ontario) and just chalked it up to a big choke. You can go two ways after a loss like that - you can grind back or you can fold and we're not the type of people to fold."

There have been great curling teams thrown together over the years that on paper, at least, should win any championship. But without the chemistry, it often doesn't work.

"You could take the four best curlers in the world and if they don't have chemistry they won't come close to winning anything," said Gushue, the 2006 Olympic gold medallist.

"The only thing that really separates the teams is the chemistry. The team that are 1, 2 and 3 in the world seem to get more out of the talent they have than say the teams that are 7, 8, 9 or 10," he said.

Alberta's Kevin Martin and Ontario skip Glenn Howard kept pace with each other, both improving to 3-0. Howard knocked off both Northern Ontario and B.C., beating Sean Geall 7-4 in the evening draw.

"I want to get off to a great start because the bottom line is you want to get as many wins under your belt to get yourself to the playoffs. You start losing games and you're in that hole and the pressure is on you to get to the playoffs," said Howard.

"In some teams chemistry is not as big a deal and they look at it as a business venture but like ours get along together and do everything together and I personally can't imagine playing on a team if you didn't get along," he added.

Kevin Martin continued to roll along, dumping Quebec and hammering Joel Jordison of Saskatchewan 11-3 in the evening.

"It's going pretty good. That was a good solid effort tonight. We didn't miss much," he said.

Martin is also watching the chemistry work on his team and has mixed his team up over the years, adding former Ontario skip John Morris as his third.

"The chemistry on our team is quite a fluke. I was actually worried about that when we got together three years ago. But its been unbelievably simple," said Martin.

"I think he has really settled into this third position. I was worried about that. We get along great on the ice and off the ice."

Geographic location: Ontario, Northern Ontario, Calgary Newfoundland and Labrador Alberta Quebec

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  • leah
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Maybe it was a blessing in disguise that
    NL lost the first game, beause they've probably learned a lesson early enough in the Brier to realize that they
    have to work and co-operate together as a team.
    Sometines I sort of feel that the other
    team-mates are afraid or nervous of Brad Gushue and his extreme pressure,
    and consequences.

  • alan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    NF has a good team but the way that Gushue got on in the firist game with on TV I thing that it not setting a good example for our young curling fans

  • Dave
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Good luck Team Gushue! Please know that all of Newfoundland and Labrador are behind......just like we were when you won the Olympic Gold!!!

  • Carlson
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    I watched the end of the first game that they lost after Korab, Nichols, and Fry made some bad shots. They should have won that game, but three of the guys left Gushue in a very hard position. I'm glad to see that they were able to put it behind them though and win their next two games. Let's go guys, bring home the Brier!

  • leah
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    Maybe it was a blessing in disguise that
    NL lost the first game, beause they've probably learned a lesson early enough in the Brier to realize that they
    have to work and co-operate together as a team.
    Sometines I sort of feel that the other
    team-mates are afraid or nervous of Brad Gushue and his extreme pressure,
    and consequences.

  • alan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    NF has a good team but the way that Gushue got on in the firist game with on TV I thing that it not setting a good example for our young curling fans

  • Dave
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    Good luck Team Gushue! Please know that all of Newfoundland and Labrador are behind......just like we were when you won the Olympic Gold!!!

  • Carlson
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    I watched the end of the first game that they lost after Korab, Nichols, and Fry made some bad shots. They should have won that game, but three of the guys left Gushue in a very hard position. I'm glad to see that they were able to put it behind them though and win their next two games. Let's go guys, bring home the Brier!