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LABATT TANKARD

In the end it was no contest. Brad Gushue made quick work of Bally Haly clubmate Alex Smith Sunday in winning the Labatt Tankard provincial men's curling championship 8-2 in six ends.

Gushue and his rink of Mark Nichols, Ryan Fry and Jamie Korab jumped out to a 4-1 lead after four ends and Smith conceded after Gushue put up three on the board in the sixth end at the Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club.

Team Gushue celebrate after winning the 2010 Labatt Tankard Provincial Men's Curling Championship at the Baly Haly Golf and Curling Club Sunday. The team won 8-2 when the Alex Smith rink conceded the game in the 7th end. From left, are Bob Moakler (Labatt

In the end it was no contest. Brad Gushue made quick work of Bally Haly clubmate Alex Smith Sunday in winning the Labatt Tankard provincial men's curling championship 8-2 in six ends.

Gushue and his rink of Mark Nichols, Ryan Fry and Jamie Korab jumped out to a 4-1 lead after four ends and Smith conceded after Gushue put up three on the board in the sixth end at the Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club.

Gushue becomes the first skip in provincial curling history to win four consecutive Tankards. It was his seventh provincial title in eight years.

The Gushue foursome, which went 7-1 in round robin play, will now represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the Brier March 6-14 in Halifax, N.S.

The Smith rink of Rick Rowsell, Randy Turpin and Craig Dowden advanced to the final with a 10-5 semifinal win over Andrew Symonds of the Re/Max Centre Saturday.

Symonds got a shot at Smith by beating Matt Blandford of Re/Max 9-3 in Saturday's tiebreaker.




Final round-robin standings

Team (Club) W L
Brad Gushue (Bally Haly) 7 1
Alex Smith (Bally Haly) 6 2
Matt Blandford (Re/Max Ctr.) 5 3
Andrew Symonds (Re/Max Ctr.) 5 3
Ken Peddigrew (Bally Haly) 4 4
Keith Ryan (Carol CC/Lab City) 4 4
Dean Branton (Bally Haly) 2 6
John Wheeler (Re/Max Ctr.) 2 6
Jeff Staples (Carol City CC/Lab City) 1 7

Organizations: Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club, Max Centre

Geographic location: Carol City, Lab, Newfoundland and Labrador Halifax

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  • Telling it like it is (c)
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Lee,

    let's assume you are right and Brad should be there.

    Shouldn't that mean he has to call up his New Brunswick buddy Russ Howard.

    Face it, 2006 Team Gushue should have an (*) next to it as it had a ringer and his name was Russ Howard.

  • Lee
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Team Gushue should be in Vancouver right now preparing for the Olympics,
    not here in St. John's. I know their hearts will be aching while watching the curling events.

  • Telling it like it is (c)
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Lee,

    let's assume you are right and Brad should be there.

    Shouldn't that mean he has to call up his New Brunswick buddy Russ Howard.

    Face it, 2006 Team Gushue should have an (*) next to it as it had a ringer and his name was Russ Howard.

  • Lee
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    Team Gushue should be in Vancouver right now preparing for the Olympics,
    not here in St. John's. I know their hearts will be aching while watching the curling events.