March 1, 2013, (ISN) – Andrew Bilesky’s Royal City foursome have landed in Edmonton to take part in what’s being billed as one of the best Briers ever.
The team got their ticket to the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier after they beat Royal City clubmates Team Pierce 7-4 at the 2013 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship final on February 10.
The team is made up of Skip Andrew Bilesky (New Westminster), Third Steve Kopf (Coquitlam), Second Derek Errington (New Westminster) and Lead Aaron Watson (Surrey).
The Brier starts tomorrow (Saturday, March 2) and culminates on Sunday, March 10.
The last time it was in Edmonton, the competition attracted record crowds and pundits everywhere are predicting another record-breaking event.
Before leaving for Edmonton, Bilesky told Curl BC he was looking forward to it. He said: “It’s everybody’s dream as a curler to go to the Brier.
“We have all been pretty excited and as the week is getting closer, it’s starting to sink in and we’re getting more excited.”
Bilesky has never been to a Brier, even as a spectator. The 29-year-old said he once told friends he would never go to a Brier unless he was playing in one.
It looks like that dream has become a reality.
The foursome from the Lower Mainland played well throughout the BC championship, and Bilesky hopes they will continue their good form at the Brier.
“We’re not going to change our game when we’re at the Brier,” he said. “It’s the same way we’re playing all year and it has been successful.”
They will face one of the most experienced and accomplished fields in the history of the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship, including the likes of Kevin Martin (Alberta), Jeff Stoughton (Manitoba) and Glenn Howard (Ontario).
TSN will provide comprehensive coverage of the Brier, televising all morning, afternoon and evening round-robin draws, plus the playoffs. The gold-medal final is Sunday, March 10, at 5:30 p.m. PST.
In addition to wearing the Maple Leaf at the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Victoria, the winning team will be in contention to play at the 2014 World Financial Group Continental Cup in Las Vegas (the Canadian teams will be determined following the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials in Winnipeg in December) and becomes one of the teams eligible for either the Capital One Road to the Roar Pre-Trials in Kitchener, Ont., or the Trials in Winnipeg, which will determine Canada’s representatives for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Martin, Howard and Stoughton have already qualified for the Trials.
Teams that make the playoffs will earn a share of $130,000 in cresting television exposure value: $40,000 each to the winner and runner-up, $30,000 to the bronze-medal team and $20,000 to fourth.
As well, the winning team will earn $144,000 in Sport Canada funding over a two-year period as well as $40,000 from Own The Podium for training and competition expenses and an additional $10,000 for wearing a Tim Hortons sponsorship crest at the Ford World Men’s Championship.
The opening draw of the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier is set for 12:30 p.m. PST on Saturday. For draw information and live scoring, go to www.curling.ca.