December 6, 2013, Vancouver, BC (ISN) – A BC curling team is tantalizingly close to earning a ticket to the Olympics after they secured a spot in the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings semifinals.
Team Morris, skipped by defending Olympic champion John Morris and rounded out by BC team-mates Jim Cotter (who throws fourth rocks), Tyrel Griffith (Second) and Rick Sawatsky (Lead), lost by a single point in the extra end in their last game of round-robin play on Friday morning (Dec. 6).
But, with Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen losing to Alberta’s Kevin Koe in the same draw, it was enough to secure the team third place in the trials, and a coveted spot in the semis to keep their Olympic hopes alive.
Team Morris, representing the Vernon and Kelowna curling clubs, will face Team Kevin Martin in the semifinal game on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11:30am PT (on TSN). The winner of that game will face defending Canadian champions Team Brad Jacobs in the final on Sunday (12noon on TSN).
Morris and Martin are former team-mates, winning Olympic gold at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, giving both fiercely competitive skips added incentive to secure the win.
After the game, Morris said: “We had a good battle out there. Maybe one strategic [call] and one or two shots here and there and we could have won that game.
“I feel really good going into the playoffs. I think if you had told us at the start of the year you would have to beat Kevin Martin and Brad Jacobs to win the trials, we would have been pretty happy with that, especially not having a berth here.
“We’re in a good position. We going to have, for sure, a good set of rocks, we can choose from all four sheets. I think we’re going to keep battling like we’re playing, we’re playing pretty good and if we can pick it up even a half notch, then we can win this thing.”