I am writing this article currently as we head to Oakville, Ontario to compete in our first event of the 2016-2017 campaign. The sun is shining in Oakville and forecasters are predicting 30ᵒC. Hope the cooling plant at the rink is tuned up because it will need to be doing a lot of cooling.
This season has a lot of critical milestones as well as a few possible scenarios to continue to set Saskatchewan Curling Records. Last season the team set a record with 3 consecutive Provincial Championships with the same player lineup. We did this by winning the provincial title in Kindersley, February 7, 2016. Steve will continue to chase the record of most provincial titles which is currently held by Garnet Campbell at 9. Steve is sitting at 6 right now and next on the team is Dallan at 4 titles. All this experience we have at the National Championship will position us well next time we reach The Brier.
An Olympic Trials Birth (Roar of the Rings Competition) for Laycock Curling is hanging in the balance. We are targeting a direct entry spot to the Olympic trials in an effort to avoid the last chance spiel known as the Pre-Trials Road to the Roar. Given the off season work we have put in and the planning that has went into this season, we feel that this is a very possible scenario and it would alleviate some pressure next season knowing that the direct entry spot is taken care of and we can focus on winning the Roar of the Rings in December 2017.
In a few weeks we are attending the hometown/home club spiel. The College Clean Restoration Curling Classic will be held at the Nutana Curling Club in Saskatoon. The field looks really strong and I am sure any of our fans that attend will enjoy great curling as well as an opportunity to meet and talk to some of the great curling teams of the world.
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