Laycock Tops At Tankard

Steve Laycock’s, Saskatoon Nutana, foursome has moved into elite company.

Laycock successfully defended his provincial men’s curling championship with an 8-6 victory over fellow Nutana skip, Jason Jacobson in Sunday’s Tankard final in Melville.

Laycock’s quartet struggled with weight throughout the match while red-hot Jacobson was nearly flawless.

After being tied at 3 through five ends Jacobson capitalized on a heavy Laycock draw in the sixth end to score a pair and take a 5-3 lead.

Laycock would then answer in the seventh counting three after some solid shots by third Kirk Muyers to set him up for the multi-points.

20150208_153124In the eight Jacobson scored one to tie the game at 6 and then in the ninth it appeared that he had forced Laycock to take one with the hammer, however, Laycock’s final shot would roll too far giving up a steal of one to Jacobson.

In the tenth Jacobson had a double take-out available on his final shot to leave Laycock with a draw for a single point and a likely extra end. Unfortunately, for Jacobson his take-out would be light and over curl removing only one of the Laycock stones. That gave Laycock an open draw to the eight foot for the deuce and the 8-7 win.

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Laycock will now represent Saskatchewan at the Tim Horton’s Brier at the end of the month. Additionally, by successfully defending his Tankard title he joins Bob Pickering, Pat Simmons and Rick Folk as the lone skips to have won back to back titles since 1968.

You can hear Laycock’s reaction to winning in Melville here.