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Gushue, Curtis repeat as provincial curling champions

["Brad Gushue team members Geoff Walker and Brett Gallant sweep a stone as their skip looks on during men's Tankard provincial curling championships Saturday afternoon in their game against the Paul Harvey team. \r\rPhoto by Keith Gosse"]
["Brad Gushue team members Geoff Walker and Brett Gallant sweep a stone as their skip looks on during men's Tankard provincial curling championships Saturday afternoon in their game against the Paul Harvey team. \r\rPhoto by Keith Gosse"]

Teams skipped by Brad Gushue and Stacie Curtis are once again Newfoundland and Labrador curling champions. Gushue and Curtis reclaimed their titles Saturday at Ballly Haly Golf and Curling Club in St. John’s, where the Tankard men’s and Scotties ladies’ provincial competitions were held concurrently this week.

From left, skip Stacie Curtis, third Erin Porter, second Julie Devereaux and lead Eric Trickett will be wearing provincial colours at the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts national championship after taking another Newfoundland and Labraor women’s curling title.
From left, skip Brad Gushue, third Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant and lead Geoff Walker show off their Newfoundland and Labrador patches after winning another Tankard provincial men’s curling championship.

Teams skipped by Brad Gushue and Stacie Curtis are once again Newfoundland and Labrador curling champions. Gushue and Curtis reclaimed their titles Saturday at Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club in St. John’s, where the Tankard men’s and Scotties Tournament of Hearts ladies’ provincial competitions were held concurrently this week.
Gushue, third Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant and lead Geoff Walker were 5-0 in the 2017 Tankard, finishing things off with a 5-2 win over Adam Boland in the final. The victory gave Gushue his 11th consecutive Tankard title — the last three with this lineup of players — and 14th overall. He has also won 45 straight games in provincial play, a streak stretching back to 2010.
Saturday’s result provides Gushue and Co. with another shot at winning their first Tim Hortons Brier Canadian men’s title, with the extra bonus of an opportunity to do so at home — the Brier is to be held March 4-12 at Mile One Centre in St. John’s.
Gushue lost in the Brier final last year to Alberta’s Kevin Koe. 
Curtis skipped her fourth Scotties championship rink — this one with third Erin Porter, second Julie Devereaux and lead Erica Trickett — completing this year’s provincials with an 8-4 win over Shelley Hardy, a former champ.
Curtis began the week with a round-robin loss to 12-time Scotties winner Heather Strong, but then proceeded to win four straight to earn a place in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts national championship Feb. 18-26 in St. Catharines, Ont.
Curtis was 3-8 in last year’s Scotties.
Hardy was also 3-1 in the round-robin, Strong was 2-2, and Beth Hamilton and Cindy Miller were both 1-3.
In the Tankard, Boland was 3-1 in round-robin play, Paul Harvey finished 2-2, Colin Thomas 1-3 and Trent Skanes was winless in his four games.
The 10 rinks which competed in the provincials are from St. John’s, with all curling out of the Re/Max Centre except for Gushue, whose team is based out of Bally Haly.

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