What a busy past few weeks it has been for Team Laycock out of the Saskatoon Nutana Curling Club. Travelling event to event, week after week, can sometimes take a toll on a team both physically and mentally. The team has given us an insight on the past few weeks, and how the season has impacted themselves as a team as well as individuals!
” The last four weeks have been a wild roller coaster for Team Laycock, with the Grand Slam of Curling in Cranbrook, BC and The Canada Cup of Curling in Brandon, MB. Team Laycock had just gotten off a decent finish in Okotoks with a semi final exit and a quick turn around going into Cranbrook. With a week of preparations at the gym and on the ice with their biomechanics coach Bruce Craven they were ready to rock and roll for the Tour Challenge.
As the boys and coach Craven arrived in beautiful Cranbrook, BC they had Tuesday practice with the night off before they faced Niklas Edin of Sweden Wednesday morning. Wednesday turned out to be a great day for Team Laycock with a 9-6 victory over Edin and a hard fought victory over John Shuster 6-5. With day one in the books they put themselves at the top of the standings 2-0. The next two days Team Laycock struggled and lost a match to Team McEwen 9-3 and a hard fought battle to Team Bottcher 6-3. Team Laycock did advance to the playoffs due to a tremendous draw to the button and had a date with Team Nichols in the Quarterfinals. Team Nichols played a great game and ended up beating Laycock by a score of 9-3.
With a few weeks off Team Laycock knew they needed to get a little bit better for the all important Canada Cup of Curling coming up in Brandon, MB. Team Laycock went to the gym everyday and practiced on ice 3 times per week with coach Craven. The weekend before leaving for Brandon coach Lyle Muyres came down to Saskatoon and they had a two day training camp on ice in preparations for the Canada Cup. With a Canadian Curling Trials spot on the line in Brandon this would be the most important event of the season to date for the top 7 men’s and women’s teams in Canada.
After a great practice Tuesday the 29th, Team Laycock had the opening banquet to kick off the event. Opening day was fantastic as Team Laycock took down the previous two defending Canada Cup Champions, Team McEwen 6-5 and Team Koe 9-5. The second day brought upon challenges for Laycock as they faced Team Gushue and the defending Olympic Gold Medalists Team Jacobs. Team Laycock faced Gushue first, which was Live on TSN. It was a very well played game by both teams but unfortunately Team Laycock could not pull out the win. They would later lose to Team Jacobs as well. With a 2-2 record they knew that with a great Friday playoff hopes were still in their hands. With a well played game against Team Carruthers the boys sat at 3-2 with a game against Epping. It was a well played game but Epping came out on top victorious. This meant Team Laycock was going to have to play a double tie breaker to make the playoffs. With a great team win against Brad Jacobs and company they would go on to lose to John Epping and end their Canada Cup title hopes.
With one more event left before the Christmas break; Team Laycock hopes to capture a Grand Slam title in Sault Ste. Marie this week. After the new year there is a Grand Slam in North Battleford Saskatchewan. This is very close to home for the boys and they look forward to the chance to play in front of the home crowd again. It has been a wonderful season to date but Team Laycock is far from satisfied and still look to close the gamp and be the number one team in the world!
– Colton Flasch, Second for Team Laycock