Good News – Bad News For Saskatchewan Curling?

Another Brier has come and gone and Saskatchewan’s Provincial drought at the men’s national curling championship will reach 36 years in 2016. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t reason to celebrate in the Land of Living Skies.

Moose Javian Pat Simmons led Team Canada to the Brier win, 6-5 over Brad Jacobs and Northern Ontario last night. Simmons with a clutch draw in an extra end was the difference as the two teams traded shots and strategy through 3 hours, despite what the scoreboard may suggest with four blank ends to open the contest.

Saskatchewan’s Steve Laycock was steady throughout the week and in a game that seemingly meant nothing to his opponent he defeated Newfoundland and Labrador’s Brad Gushue for the bronze medal yesterday morning.

The good news is simple two skips that were developed through Curl Sask programming medalled on the weekend and that is outstanding. It proves that our province is developing top end talent that can compete on the national stage.

The bad news is that territorial boundaries or lack of their enforcement are hurting our provincial men’s team with Simmons, Ben Hebert and Braeden Moskowy for starters competing at the Brier for other provinces while still having residences in Saskatchewan. That debate is something for Curling Canada to deal with.

However, with Simmons Team Canada winning the Brier that means an automatic berth into next year’s event. Here’s the rub, at least one member of the foursome has already indicated his move away from the game. So, had Canada not won they may have broken up and pushed Simmons back to Saskie and perhaps the formation of a super team that could not only represent us at the Brier but also move into contention for an Olympic berth.

That all, unfortunately, becomes moot after Team Canada’s victory in Calgary yesterday. So was it good news or bad news for Saskatchewan Curling that Team Canada skipped by Moose Jaw’s Pat Simmons won?