RTH BAY, ONTARIO. BIRDIED THE FIRST TWO, MAKE THAT THE FIRST THREE HOLES THIS AFTERNOON. HE GOES TO 11 UNDER PAR, HE IS JUST ONE BEHIND MICKELSON AND NOW TIED WITH DAVIS LOVE, MIKE WEIR HAS JUST TEED OFF, THAT’S THE MEN’S BUICK IN LA JOLLA, THE WOMEN ARE IN HAWAII, LRY CANE, TWO SHOTS BEHIND THE LEADER ANNIKSORN STAN. THE S ONE GAE IN THE NHL THIS AFTERNOON, LET’S TAKE A QUICK LOOK. NEW JERSEY AT PITTSBURGH. DEVILS WITH 68 POINTS, ONE UP ON OTTAWA IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE THAT. BEGINS IN 30 MINUTES. WE’LL HAVE HIGHLIGHTS FOR YOU THIS AFTERNOON. DON’T FORGET HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA COMING UP TONIGHT. DETROIT AT TORONTO ON THURSDAY. TORONTO LOSING 2-1 IN DETROIT FOR THE OTTAWA AREA AND THE EAST. THE NATIONAL TELECAST IS CALGARY AT VANCOUVER. AS PROMISED TIME FOR THE KARCHER JR. CURLING. THE MENS. LET’S TAKE YOU ÷ NEXT GENERATION TO CHOOSE CANADA’S■■ NEXT JUNIOR CHAMPION. NEWFOUNDLAND’S BRAD GUSHUE MAKES HIS LAST APPEARANCE AS A JUNIOR. HIS LAST CHANCE WIN AFTER MISSING LAST YEAR WITH LAST ROCK.>>COMING UP SHORT AND THE DROUGHT CONTINUES FOR NEWFOUNDLAND.>>DON: BUT GUSHUE HAS REFUSED TO BE HAUNTED. HIS RANK HAS BEEN GALVANIZED BY THEIR NEAR MISS ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE FINAL.>>I THINK I’VE LEARNED A LOT FROM THAT SHOT LAST YEAR. I THINK I KNOW HOW TO HANDLE MYSELF IF I GET IN THAT SAME SITUATION AND I THOUGHT OF EVERY MOMENT LEADING UP TO THAT SHOT AND RIGHT AFTER AND HOW I WOULD ñCHANGE THINGS AND HOW I WOULD KEEP THEM THE SAME. IF I HAD THE SAME OPPORTUNITY THIS YEAR I THINK I WOULD KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH IT A LITTLE BIT BETTER.>>DON: THE MIKE McEWEN RINK OF MANITOBA POSES A THREAT TO THE JUNIOR TIEDAL. THEY MADE IT THE HARD WAY WITH A WIN IN THE SEMIFINAL.>>WE THINK WE’RE THE BEST AND WE’RE GOING TO TRY TO PROVE THAT.>>DON: TODAY THEY’LL ALL HURRY HARD THIS COUNTRY’S GREATEST TREASURE IN JUNIOR CURLING.>>DON: CHAMPIONSHIP CURLING ON CBC, FROM ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO, NESTLED BETWEEN NIAGARA FALLS AND LAKE ONTARIO, IT’S THE KARCHER JUNIOR CURL CANING CHAMPIONSHIP.>>TODAY, THE MIKE McEWEN RINK OF MANITOBA MEETS BRAD GUSHUE AND HIS TEAM FROM NEWFOUNDLAND FOR THE JUNIOR MENS TITLE. AT THE ST. CATHERINE’S GOLF AN COUNTRY■■ CLUB WHERE A CAPACITY CROWD HAS JAMMED THIS ARENA. GOOD AFTERNOON AND WELCOME BACK TO ANOTHER SEASON OF CHAMPIONSHIP CURLING ON CBC. I’M MARK LEE, IT ALL BEGINS THIS WEEKEND WITH A KARCHER JUNIORS THEN WE’RE OFF TO SUDBURY, THEN OTTAWA FOR THE BRIER AND FINALLY THE FORD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LATER THIS SPRING IN SWITZERLAND. BUT RIGHT NOW THE JUNIORS ARE OUR FOCUS AND ENORMOUS EXPECTATIONS ON DEMAND, BRAD GUSHUE. ANYONE WHO WATCHED HIM ONE YEAR AGO IN THE FINAL CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW DETERMINED HE IS HERE IN HIS LAST APPEARANCE. I SAW HIM ON THIS ICE 3 1/2 HOURS AGO WORKING ON HIS DRAW WEIGHT. NOW, THE END OF THE ROUND ROBIN, GUSHUE WAS IN A THREE-WAY TIE AT 9 AND 3 WITH NORTHERN ONTARIO, AND MANITOBA. HE ADVANCED WITH THE BUY TO THE FINAL BECAUSE OF VICTORIES OVER THOSE TWO RIVALS. IN THE SEMIFINAL IT WAS MANITOBA PREVAILING OVER NORTHERN ONTARIO BY A SCORE OF 8-3 IN SEVEN ENDS, MIKE McEWEN CURLING A WHOPPING 95%. SO THIS MANITOBA TEAM IS GOOD, IN FACT THEY WON THE BRANDON ZONE IN THE BRIER QUALIFIER PLAYDOWNS IN MANITOBA, ELECTING TO COME HERE INSTEAD AND TODAY THEY GET TO PLAY FOR A NATIONAL JR. CHAMPIONSHIP. WELL, IT’S NEW SEASON AND WITH IT A NEW PERSPECTIVE TO OUR COVERAGE AND TODAY WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME TWO NEW MEMBERS TO OUR BROADCAST TEAM. INCLUDING THREE TIME WORLD CHAMPION AND OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST JOAN McCUSKER WILL BRING HER INSIGHT ALONG WITH HER ENORMOUS EXPERIENCE AS ONE OF CANADA’S MOST CELEBRATED CURLING RINKS. ALL RIGHT JOAN. JOINING HER OLYMPICILVER MEDALIST FROM NAGANO IN 1998,mR MIKE HARRIS, AND HE WILL BE CALLING THE SHOTS AS PART OF A NEW FRONT END TO OUR COVERAGE. JOINING WELL, CURLING’S LONGEST SERVING OLYMPIC COMMENTATOR,ú HERE’S DON WITTMAN. HE CALLED HIS FIRST BRIER BACK IN 1961. DON WITTMAN, BACK THEN IN THE MELON JACKET AND THERE HE IS TODAY WITH US.>>DON: THANKS, MARK, HI, EVERYBODY. A FEW THINGS HAVE CHANGED OVER THE YEARSS. MY FIRST BRIER 1961 AND UNFORTUNATELY THAT YEAR’S CHAMPION IN THE 1974 CHAMPION IS NO LONGER WITH US. IN THE BROADCAST BOOTH IT’S A PLEASURE TO WELCOME TWO NEW COMPATRIOTS, JOAN McCUSKER AND MIKE HARRIS AND JOAN IN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME TODAY NEWFOUNDLAND AND MANITOBA BRAD GUSHUE OF NEWFOUNDLAND LOOKING FOR REDEMTION AFTER THAT HEART-BREAKING EXTRA END LOSS LAST YEAR TO BRAD IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.>>JOAN: BRAD HAS BEEN THINKING ABOUT THAT ALL WEEK, AND HAS WORKED VERY HARD TO GET HERE TO THIS FINAL. HE’S GOT A LOT OF EXPERIENCE BEHIND HIM AND THAT HELPS HIM TO GET OVER THE JITTERS AND THE EXPECTATIONS TO RETURN TO THIS FINAL. THIS IS HIS SIXTH APPEARANCE STAT KARCHER JUNIORS. AND HE’S GOING TO BE TRYING HIS BEST TO PLAY HIS BEST TODAY IN THE FINAL.>>DON: MIKE McEWEN WAS LOSING TO JOHN MORRIS OF ONTARIO.>>MIKE: AND HIS TEAM THIS WEEK HAS FOUGHT HARD. THEY HAD A TOUGH LAST DAY OF THE ROUND ROBIN. LOST THEIR LAST TWO WHERE■■ ONE WIN WOULD HAVE GIVE AN BUY TO THE FINAL HOWEVER THEY DID REBOUND VERY WELL TO ABSOLUTELY BLOW NORTHERN ONTARIO OFF THE ICE TO STAY IN SEVEN ENDS. MIKE McEWEN CURLED 95% IN THAT GAME AND THEY’RE COMING IN PLAYING GREAT.>>DON: A LOT OF TALENT. THEY MAKE EXCELLENT SHOTS, BOTH SIDES, DON’T THEY.>>MIKE: THEY DO AND BRAD GUSHUE ‘S TEAM IS GOING TO BE A LITTLE MORE COMFORTABLE EARLY IN THE GAME, BUT WHO KNOWS WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN OUT THERE, MANITOBA I THINK WILL BE MORE CONSERATIVE EARLY IN THE GAME BUT LOOK AT THEM TO GET MORE AGGRESSIVE AS THE ENDS PROGRESS.>>DON: NEWFOUNDLAND HAD THE WIN OVER MANITOBA IN THE ROUND ROBIN. IS THAT ANY EDGE GOING INTO THIS GAME.>>JOAN: I THINK IT PLAYS A BIT OF A FACTOR BUT MORE OF A FACTOR IS THE WAY THESE FELLOWS GET ALONG. THEY LOVE TO PLAY WITH EACH OTHER. THEY LOVE THE GAME. THEIR CHEMISTRY IS FANTASTIC. BRAD GUSHUE HAS GOT A TEAM THAT LIKES TO BE OUT THERE. THAT WILL HELP THEM WHEN THE PRESSURE COMES ON IN THIS GAME THEY’LL HELP EACH OTHER GET OVER MISSES, HELP EACH OTHER MAKE THE NEXT SHOT.>>DON: MANITOBA WON THE JR. CHAMPIONSHIP IN FIVE OCCASIONS BUT NOT SINCE 1995. NEWFOUNDLD HAS NEVER WON THE JR. TITLE. BRAD GUSHUE HOPES TO PROVIDE HIS PROVINCE WITH ITS FIRST EVER NATIONAL JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP. NOW LET’S REJOIN MARK LEE.>>>THANKS A LOT, BEFORE WE GET TO FIRST ROCK HERE’S IN ST. CATHARINES LET’S BRING YOU UP TO DATE AT THE BRIER PLAYDOWNS ACROSS THE ON TRI. IN PRINCE EDWARD PETER McDONALD HAS QUALIFIED. STEVE MOSS WILL REPD YUKON NORTHWEST TERRITORIES. LEADS BY A SCORE OF 4-2 IN THE SIXTH END. WILL MEET HEMING TONIGHT IN THE FINAL. LOOK AT THAT THE ICEMAN TO-TIME WORLD CHAMPION AL WILL PLAY BRUCE MELVILLE IN THE SEMIFINAL THIS AFTERNOON. THE WINNER TO FACE BILL ADAMS IN THE FINAL. EIGHT MORE PROVINCES STILL TO DETERMINE THEIR CHAMPIONS AND ENTRANCE TO THE NOKIA BRIER. THAT WILL HAPPEN TOMORROW ACROSS THE COUNTRY. BUT TODAY THE MOMENT AT HAND BELONGS TO THE JUNIOR MEN. IT’S BRAD GUSHUE OF NEWFOUNDLAND VERSUS MIKE McEWEN OF MANITOBA AND WE WE GO BACK TO THE BROADCASTS BOOTH. HERE’S DON, JOAN AND MIKE.>>DON: FIRST ROCK IN THIS GAME WILL BE THROWN BY NOLAN THIESSEN OF MANITOBA. BRAD GUSHUE BY VIRTUE OF FINISHES IN FIRST PLACE ATOP ■■■■ THE ROUND ROBIN STANDINGS HAS LAST ROCK ADVANTAGE IN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. SO, WE ARE ABOUT SET TO GET UNDER WAY. THIS RINK IN THE ST. JOHN’S CURLING CLUB BY BRAD GUSHUE AND MIKE McEWEN FROM THE BRANDON CURLING CLUB. HIS SIXTH CANADIAN JR. CHAMPIONSHIP. THIS IS HIS SECOND APPEARANCE, A SEMIFINALIST IN 1998 IN CALGARY AND A FINALIST HERE IN ST. CATHARINES IN THIS YEAR’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. CALLING FOR THE INITIAL STONE FROM NOLAN THIESSEN IN THE TOP FOUR FOOT CIRCLE. HE’S A STUDENT AT BRANDON UNIVERSITY IN GENERAL STUDIES. IT SLIDES INTO THE BACK OF THE 8-FOOT CIRCLE. NOLAN IS QUITE AN ACCOMPLISHED PLAYER AND GOING TO ATTEMPT TO TO OBTAIN A POSITION ON THE GAMES TEAM. THE GAMES WILL BE HELD IN LONDON, ONTARIO. MIKE ADAMS, HE PLAYED IN THE CANADA GAMES IN 1999, HIS HOMETOWN IN LABRADOR.>>MIKE: HE’S CALLING FOR AN EARLY CORNER GUARD AND MANITOBA DID FLIP THAT STONE INTO THE BACK, NOT A VERY DANGEROUS POSITION FOR HIM. AND TAKING AN AGGRESSIVE STANCE EARLY IN THE GAME.>>DON: LOOKS LIKE MANITOBA WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE A RUN AT THAT STONE. HAD IT STAYED OUTSIDE THE RING THEY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MAKE A PASS OUT OF THEM.>>MIKE: I THINK BOTH TEAMS IN PRACTICE WERE NOTICING THE ICE WAS A LITTLE BIT QUICKER TODAY. I THINK WE’LL SEE FIRST COUPLE ENDS THEY MAY STRUGGLE A LITTLE BIT, BUT LOOK FOR THEM TO CONTINUE THEIR AGGRESSIVE PLAY.>>DON: THIESSEN WITH A HIT AND ROLL FOR A BITE ON THE 12 FOOT. MANITOBA LIES TWO.>>JOAN: IT’S NOT UNCOMMON TO SEE A FINAL WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE BUILDING, AND THE ICE RUNNING A LITTLE BIT FASTER THAN WHAT IT HAS ALL WEEK. THOSE EXTRA PEOPLE, A LITTLE BIT MORE MOISTURE, A LITTLE BIT MORE HEAT, THE ICE MAKERS TEND TO TURN THE ICE DOWN, THEREFORE MAKING IT A LITTLE BIT FASTER.>>MIKE: JUST SO THE PEBBLES LAST A LITTLE BIT LONGER DURING THE GAME. YOU CAN’T BRING IT BACK WHEN IT’S GONE.>>DON: ADAM DRIVES THE TOP STONE THROUGH THE RINGS AND HIS SHOOTER STAYS JUST OUTSIDE THE RINGS. AND A VERY AGGRESSIVE MOVE BY MIKE McEWEN, HE’S CALLING ON HIS SECOND HARGRAVES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT GUARD.>>MIKE: ONLY A FOOT FROM THE RING. CERTAINLY DON’T WANT TO SLIP THIS ONE BEHIND THE LINE AND ALLOW NEWFOUNDLAND TO PLAY RIGHT ON TOP OF YOU.>>JOAN: THE RACK ON THAT GUARD AND PUMP IT IN.>>DON: GEORDIE HARGREAVES A STUDENT AT BRANDON UNIVERSITY, JUST RUBBING OFF■■ THE YELLOW STONE AS HE ATTEMPTED TO DRAW IN BEHIND IT. BRENT HAMILTON, THE NEW ADDITION TO THIS NEWFOUNDLAND RINK. A NEW STUDENT IN ST. JOHN’S.>>DON: HE PLAYED IN THE CANADA GAMES IN 1999 WHEN THEY WERE HELD, WOUND UP WITH A BRONZE MEDAL.>>MIKE: A LITTLE CHANGE IN PLAN THERE FOR BRAD. HE COULD HAVE PLAYED A FREEZER BUT BEING THE FIRST END YOU DON’T WANT TO PLAY A FREEZE AND POSSIBLY LET A MANITOBA TO LAY THREE EARLY IN THE GAME. ALTHOUGH THE STONES ARE BEHIND, HE’S STILL A LITTLE TENTATIVE FROM GOING ALL OUT EARLY IN THE GAME.>>DON: GEORDIE HARGREAVES COMES FROM A FAMILY WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN CURLING FOR A LONG TIME. HIS GRANDFATHER PLAYED SECOND FOR MANITOBA AT THE 1948 BRIER.>>JOAN: THAT’S OFTEN THE WAY IT IS IN CURLING. THE SAME NAMES KEEP COMING UP. CURLING TRADITIONS SEEM TO RUN IN FAMILIES.>>MIKE: THE COMPETITORS HERE THIS WEEK PARENTS HAVE CURLED OVER THE YEARS.>>DON: BRENT HAMILTON WAS A HIT AND ROLL IN FRONT OF THE RED MANITOBA ROCK. YOU TALK ABOUT FAMILIES BEING INVOLVED IN CURLING, IT WAS A LITTLE DIFFICULT FOR SOME OF THE PARENTS THIS WEEK. CHRIS NEUFELD CURLS WITH RICK PETERS, DENNY NEUFELD CHRIS’S SON PLAYS THIRD.>>DENNI JR., AND I THINK CHRIS WAS HERE EARLY IN THE WEEK BUT HAD PRIOR COMMITMENTS TO VIC AND VIC’S DAUGHTER IS PLAYING FOR THE MANITOBA WOMEN’S TEAM. GOOD REPRESENTATION FROM THE PETERS RINK HERE.>>DON: YEAH AND IN THE MANITOBA PLAYDOWN, THE THE McEWEN RINK WAS PLAYING THE PETERS RINK IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. SO PETERS AND NEUFELD ALTHOUGH THEY’RE TEAMMATING, FAVS SITTING ON OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE RINKS WHEN THEY WERE WATCHING THAT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN MANITOBA.■ COMPUTER SCIENCE IN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY AT ST. JOHN’S.>>MIKE: NEWFOUNDLAND HAS ONLY GOT THE ONE STONE IN PLAY. PLAYING A LITTLE ME OF AGGRESSIVE PLAY, PLAYING A FREEZE. POSSIBLY COME AROUND DEPENDING ON THE WEIGHT.>>JOAN: I THINK YOU CAN CHARACTERIZE SO FAR AS CAUTIOUSLY AGGRESSIVE. WE’LL BE AGGRESSIVE WHEN WE HAVE A GOOD CHANCE, WE’LL SWITCH GEARS IF WE NEED TO. LINE WAS GREAT ON THAT ONE, SLIPS JUST BEHIND THE LINE.>>MIKE: IN A GOOD SPOT FOR NEWFOUNDLAND. MANITOBA DOESN’T WANT TO BE PLAYING FREEZES HERE EARLY IN THE GAME AS MENTIONED. THEY LIKE TO KEEP THINGS A LITTLE BIT MORE CAUTIOUS, AND BRAD, THIS REALLY ISN’T A BIG RISK FOR HIM. THE STONE IS BEHIND BUT WAY OUT IN THE WINGS AND HE DOES HAVE AN OPEN DRIVE, IF HE NEEDS TO.>>MIKE: NICE PLAY, ON THIS NICE PATH.>>DON: NOT QUITE ENOUGH TO REMOVE IT FROM THE RINGS AND THE SHOOTER APPEARS TO HANG AROUND FOR A BITE AT THE 12 FOOT AS WELL.>>JOAN: FOR THE SAME REASON THE ICE IS A LITTLE IT FASTER TODAY WOULD BE THE REASON WHY IT’S NOT MOVING QUITE AS MUCH EITHER. WHEN IT’S A LITTLE BIT QUICKER AND THE ICE IS A LITTLE BIT COLDER WE’LL SEE LESS CURL.>>MIKE: BRAD TRYING TO GET A SECOND SHOT HERE. HE’S GOT A GOOD OPPORTUNITY HERE TO SCORE TWO POINTS, PLAYING HIT AND ROLL. THIS IS AGAIN A LITTLE BIT OF AN EXPERIENCE THEY’RE ASKING FOR NORMAL HIT WA STONE WAY AT THE BACK OF THE HOUSE THERE’S NOT VERY MUCH ROOM TO ROLL, SO YOU HAVE TO BE VERY PRECISE ON THIS TAKEOUT.>>JOAN: THE GUYS WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS EARLIER SAYING ITS UNFORGIVING IF YOU PUT THIS ROCK OUT, IT TENDS TO STAY OUT.>>DON: MAYBE THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE STONE FROM MARK NICHOLS. THE MOMENT HE RELEASED IT, HE FELT THAT MAYBE YOU HAVE A LITTLE BIT TOO MUCH WEIGHT AND MAYBE PULL IT OUT JUST A TOUCH.>>MIKE: MIGHT BE A LITTLE ADRENALINE IN THE LEGS TOO. THE NATIONAL FINAL AND EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE EXPERIENCED, THEY STILL GET EXCITED.>>DON: McEWEN WITH HIS FIRST STONE WILL GO OUT TO THE WINGS FOR A DRAW ATTEMPT, AND HAVEN’T BEEN ANY STONES PLAYED DOWN THIS SIDE OF THE ICE THUS FAR.>>MIKE: I THINK HE’S PLAYING A DOUBLE HERE, DON, HE ALSO THINKS YELLOWS A SECOND SHOT SO HE’S TRYING TO DOUBLE OFF THE OUTSIDE STONE AND HOPEFULLY REMOVE BOTH.>>JOAN: HE’S GOT OPTIONS AS WELL. HITTING AND ROLLING IN FRONT OF THAT YELLOW ONE OR IN BEHIND THE GUARD WILL WORK AS WELL. HE DOES WANT TO REMOVE THIS STONE.>>DON: MIKE McEWEN, IN HIS THIRD YEAR OF GENERAL STUDIES AT BRANDON■■ UNIVERSITY.>>JOAN: HE’S GOT A LOT OF WEIGHT ON THIS ONE MIKE.>>MIKE: HE NEEDS A LOT OF WEIGHT TO MAKE THIS ONE. AND ROLLING OUT, A GOOD OPPORTUNITY AGAIN FOR BRAD TO SCORE TWO IN THE FIRST END. HE WOULD LIKE THIS TO BE JUST SLIGHTLY BURIED BEHIND THE CORNER GUARD. JUST WANTS TO NOT GIVE MANITOBA AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A DOUBLE.>>WE’RE THINKING 9 FOR ME.>>YEAH.>>DON: CONFERING WITH THE SKIP BRAD GUSHUE AS TO THE WEIGHT HE HAS TO THROW ON THIS DRAW ATTEMPT.>>JOAN: YOU CAN HEAR THEM TALKING ABOUT 8 IS AND 9S.>>MIKE: A SITUATION WHERE THE SHOT ISN’T THAT DIFFICULT BUT PRETTY IMPORTANT EARLY IN THE GAME. AND OPPORTUNITIES DON’T ALWAYS COME AROUND FIRST COUPLE TIMES. NEEDS TO CURL JUST A LITTLE BIT.>>THIS IS THE TYPE OF DRAW YOU WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE HAD IN THE EXTRA END LAST YEAR.>>JOAN: ACTUALLY COMMUNICATION SHOT WHERE YOU HAVE TO LET THE THIRD KNOW WHAT KIND OF WAIT THERE IS EARLY.>>YOU KNOW WHAT YOU GOT?>>I DON’T KNOW, NO. IF WE TAKE IT OUT.>>YEAH.>>MIKE: MANITOBA IN A SITUATION WHERE THEY’RE BASICALLY GOING TO BE CONCEDING NEWFOUNDLAND A DEUCE ASSUMING ALL THINGS EQUAL BUT HE’S TRYING TO HITS ON THE T-LINE AND■■ HOPEFULLY HE’LL STAY FOR SHOTS AND FORCE BRAD TO HIT AND STAY. BUT AT THIS POINT HE WOULD BE HAPPY JUST TO REMOVE THE YELLOW STONE.>>DON: FOR MIKE McEWEN AND HIS 8-3 WIN OVER BRYAN ADAMS OF NORTHERN ONTARIO IN THE SEMIFINAL, HE BROKE THE GAME OPEN WITH A BIG FOUR ON THE SIXTH END. BUT ON THIS OPENING END THE FINAL AGAINST BRAD GUSHUE OF NEWFOUNDLAND HE’S LOOK AT TWO QUELL LOW NEWFOUNDLAND STONES AS HE THROWS.>>THIS HAS GOT SOME CURLING TO DO BEFORE HE REMOVES THE STONE.>>DON: AND THE SHOOTER IS GOING TO ROLL OUT A PLAY, SO IT’S A DRAW FOR TWO WITH THE LAST ROCK AT THE OPENING END FOR BRAD GUSHUE.>>MIKE: MIKE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE STAYED THERE, DIDN’T RUB ON THE GUARD, GAVE UP A DROP OF THREE AND BRAD MADE A COUPLE GOOD SHOTS THERE TO CREATE THI DEUCE AND THEY’LL MOVE ON.%%–pA DIFFERENT PASS FOR BRAD TO MAKE THIS DRAW, AND THAT’S WHY HE’S CONFIRMING WITH HIS FRONT END.>>DON: LAST ROCK IN THE OPENING END. BRAD GUSHUE TAKES ADVANTAGE AND HE SRES A DEUCE TO JUMP INTO A 2-0 LEAD OVER MANITOBA IN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. CT YOU? 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CATHARINES ABOUT 100 MEMBERS AND MANY VOLUNTEER CAPACITY FOR THIS CANADIAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP.>>MIKE: AND NEWFOUNDLAND NOW WIL PLAY THEIR FIRST STONE INTO THE RING AND FORCE THE MANITOBA TO GETTING A GRESIVE HERE EARLY IN THE GAME.>>JOAN: I SAW MIKE EARLY PERCENTAGE OVER THE ROUND ROBIN, AT 79 PERCENT TIED FOR FOURTH. ALL THOSE PERCENTAGES WERE VERY CLOSE WITHIN 1 OR 2 PERCENTAGE POINTS.>>DON: McEWEN ASKING FOR THE CORNER GUARD FROM HIS LEAD NOLAN THIESSEN. HE RANKED THIRD DURING ROUND ROBIN PLAIM PLAY. THE ALL-STAR TEAMS CHOSEN STRICTLY ON THE BASIS OF PERCENTAGE DURING THE ROUND ROBIN COMPETITION. MECHANIC AND ONLY ONE PERCENT SEPARATING THE TWO LEADS SO NOT MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM, BOTH TEAMS ARE PLAYING GREAT AND WE’RE GOING TO SEE PLAYING.>>DON: WHEN THE JUNIORS HAD A TENDENCY TO HIT EVERYTHING IN SIGHT, AND WE SAW MANY GAMES THAT WERE-2. 4-3. 2-1.>>JOAN: THEY TWRNT ONLY ONE. THERE WERE A LOT OF TEAMS PLAYING THAT WAY. TO SEE TEAMS PLAY A VARIETY OF SHOTS THROUGHOUT THE GAME. AGAIN FORCING McEWEN TO GETTING A GRESIVE HERE. THIS IS A VERY AGGRESSIVE PLAY COMING AROUND THE CENTRE GUARD.>>THE OPTION WOULD BE TO PEEL THAT CENTRE GUARD OPENING UP YR PASS TO THE FOREFOOT WHEN YOU HAVE LAST ROCK MAKING SURE THAT YOU HAVE A WAY TO GET POINTS.>>MIKE: OR EVEN IF YOU PEEL IT OFF AND HOPE THEY ONLY MAKE A HALF GUARD ON THEIR NEXT ONE. THERE’S A PERFECT GUARD THAT’S TOUGH TO GETTING A GRESIVE WITH.í IT CAN BE USED IN MANITOBA’S FAVOUR. HE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A PLAY ON IT. HE HAS TO BE CAREFUL BECAUSE THERE’S A GUARD AND A ROCK TO JAM IT ON.>>DON: NICE TOUCH BY HAMILTON, THE YOUNGEST MEMBER OF THIS NEWFOUNDLAND TEAM.>>JOAN: IT’S A GREAT SHOT.>>MIKE: I THINK SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE GUARDS A LOT OF THE SKILLS, HAVE REALLY IMPROVED. A 2-POINTED LEAD WAS INSUR POINTABLE ESPECIALLY ON GOOD ICE CONDITIONS. BUT THEY LEARN TO PLAY THE GAME DIFFERENTLY. HE HAS TO MAKE A PLAY ON THEM SO HE HAS AN OPTION WITH WITH THE LAT■■ER ROCKS ON THIS END.■■■■>>ON: D■■URING THE ROUND ROBIN COMPETITION, NEWFOUNDLAND LOST THREE TIMES TO B.C., SASKATCHEWAN AND ONTARIO. THAT’S B■■ECAUSE THEY DEFEATED NORTHERN ONTARIO AND MANITOBA. THEY WOUND UP GETTING THE BUY. TWO RECORDS FOR NORTHERN ONTARIO, MANITOBA AND NEWFOUNDLAND.5>>MIKE: THEY DO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DOUBLE THE GUARDS OFF AND POSSIBLY DOUBLE THE ONE OFF THE TOP OF THE EIGHT FOOT AS WELL. BIG WEIGHT COMING HERE.>>JOAN: EVERY SECOND NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO THROW.>>DON: HARGREAVES IS GOING TO GET TWO.>>JOAN: THAT GIVES MANITOBA A LITTLE BIT MORE COMFORT THAT THEY’RE NOT LOOKING AT ONE AND GETTING CLOSE TO THE FOREFOOT, STILL IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT HAS AN OPPORTUNITY WITH MARK’S SHOT TO GET ONE INTO THE FOUR FOOT AREA.>>AS YOU MENTIONED MANITOBA IS NOT QUITE OUT OF THE FIRE YET. AND BRAD GUSHUE STILL CONTROLLING THE END. HE’S COMFORTABLE WITH CENTRE GUARDS AND PLAYING A LOT OF STONES, A LOT OF NICE SOFT TOUCH DRAW SHOTS EARLY IN THE GAME.p>>HARD! COME ON! QUICK!■■>>DON: HE TAPS IT BACK BEHIND COVER. NEWFOUNDLAND LIES ONE.>>JOAN: AS YOU CAN SEE IT’S■■ DIRECTLY ■■BEHIND THE RED GUARD. AND NOT A HUGE AMOUNT OF SEPARATION.>>MIKE: HE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE TAPED THAT THREE OR FOUR FEET FURTHER AND STRAIGHTBACK BEHIND HIS OWN YELLOW. GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR MANITOBA FOR THE SAME SHOT TWICE IN A ROW. YOU NEVER LIKE DOING THAT REGARDLESS OF WHO IS THROWING.>>DON: DENNI NEUFELD, BUT NEWFOUNDLAND CONTINUES TO LIE ONE.>>JOAN: I THINK MANITOBA IS STILL LOOKING AT HOW MUCH THE ROCK WILL CURL WITH THE WEIGHT IN CERTAIN SPOTS. .>>MIKE: A LOT MENTIONED THIS WEE THAT T■■HE ICE WAS SLIGHTLY SLOEPD AND ON THE INTERN SOOIT SIDE THERE IS A LITTLE BIT MORE CURL THAN THERE IS ON THE OUTTURN SIDE AND OBVIOUSLY GOING THE OTHER WAY IS THE OPPOSITE.■■>>HARD! HARD! [CHEERING]>>JOAN: I THINK THAT WAS JUST A LITTLE BIT HIGHER THAN WHAT THEY WERE EXPECTING. THE ROCK CAME A LITTLE BIT FARTHER INTO THE GUARD ZONE. TIGHT TORE THE HOUSE, THEY WOULD HAVE A PERFECT LINE.>>MIKE: JUST DIDN’T CURL QUITE ENOUGH. THIS LEAVES MANITOBA AN OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY A HALF WEIGHT HIT AND ROLL BEHIND THEIR OWN GUARD. DIFFICULT THOUGH.?>>DON: JUST GETS A RUB OFF HIS OWN STONE UP FRONT. THAT DOES COME ON TO THE■■ YELLOW NEWFOUNDLAND STONE AND WITH ENOUGH WEIGHT TO PUSH TO IT THE BACK OF THE, MANIT■■OBA LIES ONE. J REALLY FORTUNATE O■■N THAT, MIKE, THAT THEY DID GET THAT RUB. EVEN IF THEY MADE IT BY.>>DON: McEWEN CONFESSING HE WAS GUESSING A LITTLE BIT ON THE ICE.>>MIKE: THAT HAPPENS EVEN THOUGH YOU GET PRACTICE BEFORE GAME. YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO PRACTICE ALL THE SHOTSñ USUALLY YOU’RE SPENDING YOUR TIME MATCHING ROCKS AND DON’T ALWAYS GET TO THROW THE INTURN, THE OUT TURN IN EVERY SPOT ON THE ICE.>>DON: AND THAT FIGHTER HANGING ON AT THE BACK HAS NEWFOUNDLAND LYING ONE.>>JOAN: BRAD WOULD HAVE LIKED TO STICK AROUND WITH THAT BACK.>>MIKE: THIS GIVES McEWEN A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY THE COME AROUND. TOP EIGHT FOOT AND THERE’S TWO GUARDS COME AROUND WITH BACKING BACK THERE AS WELL.■■>>LOTS OF ROOM.>>LOTS OF WEIGHT.>>MIKE: FIRST EARLY TEST FOR MIKE WITHDRAW WEIGHT AND APPEARS TO HAVE THROWN IT QUITE A BIT HEAVY. MAY BE ABLE TO GET IT BACK.>>HARD, HARD, COME ON.>>DON: IT HANGS AT THE BACK OF THE 12th. MANITOBA LIES ONE.■■>>GOOD NEWS FOR NEWFOUNDLAND, STONE IS STILL OPEN. TAPBACK TO FORCE MANITOBA TO DRAW FOR THEIR POINT.>>JOAN: LOOKING FOR A DRAW IN BEHIND THIS GUARD. INTERESTING TO COMPARE HOW EACH TEAM USES DRAW WEIGHT. VERY MUCH USING NUMBERS, MANITOBA VERY MUCH USING DES TRIPTIVE WORD.>>MIKE: THIS IS AN AGGRESSIVE, THERE’S NOT A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY.>>THAT’S GOOD.>>DON: RIGHT DOWN IN FRONT OF MANITOBA’S STONE.>>MIKE: GOOD ALWAYS HAVING A FEW OPTIONS I GUESS.>>■■DON: FINAL STONE, EVENT TWO COMING OUT OF THE HAPPENED OF MANITOBA SKIP MIKE McEWEN.■■>>JOAN: SAME SHOT TICE.>>HARD! HARD! HURRY GUYS, HARD! HARD! GOOD JOB, MIKE. DON: COMING ON TOP OF THE YELLOW STONE TO PICK UP ONE ONE. THE LAST ROCK, MANITOBA IS ON THE BOARD, THANKS TO THE GOOD DRAW BY SKIP MIKE McEWEN AND NEWFOUNDLAND HAS A 146-POINT LEAD AFTER TWO.■■ ú úú ■ ■ , ■ a>>DON: THAT’S THE NEWFOUNDLAND CHEERING SECTION ON ITS FEET HERE IN ST. CATHARINES AND MIKE GUSHUE LEADS MIKE McEWEN IN THIS JUNIOR MEN’S FINAL. A REMINDER TOMORROW AT 1:30 EASTERN IT’S THE KARCHER JUNIOR WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP. THE DEFENDING CHAMPION STEPHANIE MILLER RINK OF SASKATCHEWAN MEETS THE SUZANNE TEAM OF P.EI IN A REMATCH OF LAST YEAR’S FINAL IN MONCTON. DON WE’RE SET FOR THE THIRD END.>>DON: YES, WE ARE AND LAST YEAR OF COURSE IT WAS SASKATCHEWAN DEFEATING PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND BY A SCORE OF 7-5. AND ITtÑ WAS NEWFOUNDLAND LOSING IN THE MEN’S FINAL TO BRAD COON OF BRITISH COLUMBIA ON AN EXTRA END BY A ZER■■ OF 8-7. AND AT THE MOMENT NEWFOUNDLAND WITH A 2-1 LEAD IN THIS YEAR’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN ST. CATHARINES AGAINST MIKE McEWEN AND COMPANY FROM BRANDON.>>JOAN: MIKE HAS NO CHOICE HERE TO USE THE FREE GUA■■RD ZONE. HE NEEDS THIS ONE OUT FRONT.>>MIKE: AND EARLY IN THE GAME IT’S NOT THE VERY DIFFICULT SHOT BUT CERTAINLY IMPORTANT FOR MOMENTUM FOR THE MANITOBA TEAM. THEY WOULD LIKE TO SET UP A GOOD END.>>PLAYED WITH THE BRANDON CLOVERLEAFS AND CARMEN THE RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER THIS PAST SEASON.>>MIKE: IN BEHIND THIS TIGHT CENTRE GUARD FROM MANITOBA.>>ú HURRY!>>MIKE: LEAVES THE SHOT IN FRONT OF THE LINE AND WOULD LIKE TO GET A PIECE OF THIS SO MANITOBA DOESN’T HAVE A HIT AND ROLL BURIED.>>JOAN: SEEMS VERY GOOD AT COMMUNE KATING.>>MIKE: AND MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.■■>>JOAN: NOLAN TO A HIT RIGHT ON THE NOSE.>>DON: WE CAN UPDATE T QUEBEC BRIER PLAYDOWN, IN THE EIGHTH END IN THE SEMIFINAL. THE WINNER WILL GO ON TO FACE GUY HEMMINGS IN THE QUEBEC FINAL THIS EVENING. THE BRIER REPRESENTATIVES BEING DECIDED ACROSS THE COUNTRY THIS WEEKEND. SOME HAVE ALREADY BEEN DECLARED BUT THE MAJORITY TO BE DECIDED EITHER TONIGHT OR TOMORROW. AND SOME FAMILIAR NAMES STILL IN THE CHASE FOR BERTHS IN THE BRIER THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN OTTAWA IN MARCH.>>BRAD ASKING FOR THE HIT AND ROLL, ANOTHER OPTION ñULD HAVE BEEN TO PEEL THE CENTRE GUARD THAT. WOULD HAVE BEEN THE MORE DEFENSIVE PLAY.>>MIKE LOOKS PRETTY RELAXED.>>THEY’VE BEEN ENJOYING THEMSELVES THIS WEEK.>>JOAN: MEETING THEM WAS A LOT OF FUN BECAUSE THEY OBVIOUSLY HAVE A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOUR. AND THEY ENJOY SPENDING TIME TOGETHER.>>HARD!>>DON: THE MANITOBA TEAM WAS A 9-3 RECORD, AN INTERESTING RUN HERE IN ROUND ROBIN PLAY, THEY WON THEIR FIRST SIX. THEN LOST ONE, THEN WON THEE, AND THEN LOST TWO. AND MIKE McEWEN IN 1998 IN CALGARY HAD AN IDENTICAL PERFORMANCE CHART.>>THAT’S AMAZING AND THE LAST TWO GAMES OF THE ROUND ROBIN THEY JUST WON ONE OF THOSE THEY WOULD HAVE MADE INTO IT THE FINAL BUT SOMETIMES PLAYING A SEMIFINAL IS GOOD IF YOU HAD YOUR CHOICE YOU ALWAYS LIKE COMING IN OFF A GOOD PERFORMANCE AND YOU’VE LEARNED HOW DOW DEAL SUDDEN DEATH PRESSURE.>>DON: A HIT ANDOLL. ■■>>JOAN: A GREAT SHOT. A REALLY NIGHT SOFT WEIGHT ON THAT HIT AND ROLL. ABLE TO CONTROL THE ROLL A LITTLE BIT MORE. RIGHT OUT OF HIS HANDS MIKE IS CALLING NO.>>DON: USUALLY AN INDICATION SHE A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE AND CATCHES JUST A CORNER OF THE RED ROCK AND PUSHES IT HARM PAST THE SHOT STONE BELONGING TO NEWFOUNDLAND.>>MIKE: AND THE ARENA WAS A LITTLE BIT MORE FORGIVING. YOU’VE GOT TO WATCH FOR THAT TODAY. ANY TIME YOU MOVE THE STONE BACK OUT A LITTLE BIT, IT’S NOT GOING TO COME BACK. ANOTHER GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR NEWFOUNDLAND. SCORE TWO POINTS THERE.>>COME ON, MIKE!>>JOAN: ENCOURAGEMENT WITH EACH OTHER, LET’S GO, WE CAN MAKE IT THERE.>>DON: THEY GOT TO IT THE RINGS.>>JOAN: HE’S TRYING TO GROUP THESE STONES SO HE HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DOUBLE.>>MIKE: HE’S MADE THE RIGHT DECISION BY HITTING THE OUTSIDE STONE. IF YOU HAPPEN TO HIT THE ONE ON THE CENTRE LINE ROLLOUT THAT WOULD GIVE BRAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO CLIP THE STONES FURTHER. EVEN IF HE DOESN’T MAKE THE ROLL HERE GOING TO FORCE BRAD INTO MAKING A MORE DIFFICULT CHANGE.>>DON: A HIT AND ROLL ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE 12. NEUFELD A STUDENT AT BRANDON UNIVERSITY BUT IN THE SUMMER WORKS WITH HIS FATHER AT THE CENTRAL BAKERY.>>JOAN: NOT MUCH RESEMBLANCE THERE, MIKE.>>MIKE: EVERY TIME YOU SAY DENNI I KEEP LOOKING FOR HIS DAD. HOPEFULLY HIS DAD HAS TIME TO WATCH THE GAME.>>DON: YES, CHRIS NEUFELD WITH VIC PETERS AND THE MANITOBA PLAYDOWNS AND THEY ARE STILL ALIVE. AS ARE TWO OF THE OTHER BIG FAVOURITES IN MANITOBA.>>CLEAN, CLEAN. GOOD SHOT.>>JOAN: THE ROCKS GROUP TOGETHER WHERE THERE IS GOING TO BE A DOUBLE.>>MIKE: THE ANGLES ARE NOT GREAT FOR MANITOBA HERE, BUT IT IS POSSIBLE. IT’S GOING TO REQUIRE A PRETTY GOOD SHOT HERE BY DENNI.>>JOAN: AS MIKE INDICATED ABOUT A QUART OVER A ROCK WILL BE CLOSE TO THE DOUBLE. THAT’S NOT A LOT OF GRA NIGHT. — GRANITE.>>JOAN: YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER TWO ENDS AGO, DENNI HAD A HALF WEIGHT IN THIS EXACT SAME SBROT IT DIDN’T MOVE VERY MUCH SO YOUR TENDENCY WHEN YOU’RE PLAYING THAT SHOT IS TO MAKE SURE YOU GET THIS GOING A LITTLE BIT.>>MIKE: BRAD IS REALLY RESPECTING MANITOBA’S ABILITY TO HIT HERE. HE’S TRYING TO ROLL INTO HIS OWN AND SPREAD HIS STONES AROUND, KIND OF FORCING THE TEAM TO MAKE THE DOUBLE. DON’T TRY TO MAKE IT FOR THEM. IF YOU GET A LITTLE CUTE IN THIS YOU MAY END UP ROLLING OUT YOURSELF.>>YES! HARD! HURRY!>>DON: HE’S GOING TO EXECUTE A DOUBLE, BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT HE WANTED.>>MIKE: THAT’S WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT. THEY GOT A LITTLE BIT TOO CUTE WITH THAT, CAN FORCE THE OPPOSITE TO MAKE TOUGH SHOTS AND DON’T MAKE IT FOR THEM.>>JOAN: WANTED TO HEAR WHETHER THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT THE ROCK PICKING, THAT REALLY DID MAKE A SUDDEN MOVE.>>MIKE: SEEMED TO BE A LITTLE BIT SURPRISED IT DID CURL THAT MUCH. BUT MIKE McEWEN IS HAPPY TO GET OUT OF THIS END. HE WAS IN A LITTLE BIT OF TROUBLE, YOU DON’T WANT TO GET DOWN 4-1 EARLY IN THIS GAME.>>DON: WE’RE0>DOWN TO SKIP ROCKS WITH MANITOBA LEADING 2-1 ZWRX AGGRESSIVE PAY WE’RE SEEING NEWFOUNDLAND USE WITH A BIT OF A LEAD. THE GOOD NEWS FOR McEWEN IS THAT THE DOOR IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE OPEN TO GET BACK INTO THE GAME. NEWFOUNDLAND IS NOT KIND OF TEAM THAT GETS A LITTLE BIT OF A LEAD AND PLAYS VERY DEFENSIVELY. I THINK THEY BELIEVE A GOOD DEFENSE IS QUITE AN AGGRESSIVE STRATEGY.>>MIKE: THEY OBVIOUSLY HAVEN’T BLOWN ENOUGH LEADS IN THEIR CAREER. BUT THAT’S THE BEAUTY OF BEING YOUNG AND IN THE CANADIAN JUNIOR FINAL.>>DON’T TOUCH IT. WHAT HAPPENED?>>DON: HE’S GOING TO GET JUST A CORNER OF THE RED ROCK.>>DON: SOMEBODY WAS TAKING A PICTURE IN THE CROWD AND THAT SEEMED TO DISTRACT BRAD GUSHUE.>>DON: THERE WAS THE FLASH AS YOU MAY HAVE CAUGHT IT ON HIS FACE, SO, THE OFFENDERS■■ HAVE BEEN WARNED,.>>MIKE: AND DIDN’T REALLY COST HIM MUCH. STILL MANAGED TO MAKE THE HIT. THAT WOULD BE AN AWFUL WAY TO MISS A SHOT IN A CANADIAN FINAL.>>JOAN: THEY’RE LOOK FOR T-LINE EVEN THOUGH IT’S AN OPEN.>>MIKE: THAT MIGHT HELP SETTLE MIKE DOWN A LITTLE BIT TO GET HIS WEIGHT, GET A A LITTLE BIT MORE COMFORTABLE. BECAUSE BRAD GUSHUE AND HIS TEAM HAVE DOMINATED PLAY SO FAR THE FIRST THREE ENDS OF THIS GAME.>>JOAN: BUT THERE’S A LOT OF ROCKS TO COME.>>THERE IS.>>DON: WANTS TO HIT AND ROLL OFF THE RED MANITOBA ROCK. AND RETAIN LAST ROCK ADVANTAGE.>>THAT’S THE WORD YOU WANT TO HEAR.>>DON: AND THE SIXTH TIME JR. COMPETITOR IS GOING TO DO JUST THAT. HE WILL MAINTAIN HIS ONE-POINT EDGE AND LAST ROCK TO EONE TIME IN HIGH SCHOOL,NG? I ATE 12 CHEESE-
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TIVE MIGRAINE RELIEF THAT’S FAST.>>DON: WELCOME BACK TO THE ST. CATHARINES GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB IN ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO. MIKE GUSHUE OF NEWFOUNDLAND LEADING MIKE McEWEN OF MANITOBA 2-1. TOMORROW THE KARCHER JUNIOR WOMEN’S FINAL AT 1:30 EASTERN. REMATCH OF LAST YEAR’S FINAL AND FEATURES SASKATCHEWAN AND P.E.I.. THE STEPHANIE MILLER TEAM OF SASKATCHEWAN IN THIS ONE FINISHING THE ROUND ROBIN IN ST. KATHERINE UNBEATEN AT 12 AND 0 AS STEPHANIE MILLER SEEKS TO BECOME THE FIRST WOMEN ZIP WIN BACK-TO-BACK TITLES IN 23 YEARS AND SHE’LL BE GOING UP AGAINST HER ARCH RIVAL THE SUZANNE GODY RINK FROM PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND DURING THE ROUND ROBIN THIS WEEK. 8-4. TO REMAIN UNBEATEN AND THIS RINK SAYING THEY HAVE UNFINISHED BUSINESS THIS WEEK GOING 11 AND 2, THEY WOULD LIKE TO TURN THE TABLES AND BEAT MILLER IN TOMORROW’S FINAL. AND THERE’S STEPHANIE MILLER HER SISTER AND THE REST OF THAT TEAM FROM SHELL BROOK SASKATCHEWAN ENJOYING THIS MEN’S FINAL. BACK TO DON IN THE FOURTH END.>>DON: LAST YEAR AT THE JUNIOR WOMEN’S COMPETITION, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND FINISHED ATOP THE ROUND ROBIN STANDINGS WITH A 10-2 RECORD. SASKATCHEWAN 9 AND 3. SASKATCHEWAN BEAT TIFFANY OF ALBERTA. IN THE SEMIFINAL GAME AND THEN WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, THIS YEAR IT WAS SASKATCHEWAN ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE UNBEATEN THE PERFECT RECORD, AND GODY DEFEATED TERRY OF ONTARIO IN THE SEMIFINAL GAME TO ADVANCE SETTING UP THE REMATCH TOMORROW. BUT RIGHT NOW WE’RE FOCUS CANING ON THE MEN’S FINAL AND IT IS NEWFOUNDLAND WITH A 2-1 EDUCATION EDGE ON MANITOBA PLAYING ON FOUR.>>MIKE: I THINK WE CAN EXPECT MORE OF THE SAME FROM MANITOBA. MORE CENTRE GUARDS, MORE AGGRESSIVE MOVES.>>JOAN: YOU CAN SEE THE LEADS PLAYING REALLY GREAT EARLY IN THIS GAME. IT’S IMPORTANT TO PLACE THE STONES EXACTLY WHERE YOU WANT THEM EARLY IN THE INNING.>>WE WERE TOLD TO GO SIX.>>WHERE IS HE.>>DON: BRAD GUSHUE SAYING TO MARK NICHOLS TO REMIND ADAMS TO THROW FIVE ON THE COME AROUND.>>JOAN: AND THEY’RE REFERRING TO THE ROCK NUMBERS, THEY OBVIOUSLY GOT ONE ROCK THAT CURLS MORE THAN THE OTHER ONE, AND THEY WANT TO USE IT ON SHOTS LIKE THIS WHEN WE WERE COMING AROUND THE GUARD TO MAKE IT FINISH HARD.>>DON: AND I THINK YOU MADE A REFERENCE EARLIER, MIKE, ABOUT THE INTERN WORKING A LITTLE BIT MORE PLAYING THE HOME END.>>MIKE: ALL THE CURLERS THIS WEEK HAVE MENTIONED THAT, THE ICE TENDS TO BE SLOPED A LITTLE BIT. NOT ONLY THE SHEET WE’RE PLAYING ON TODAY BUT ALL THE SHEETS IN THE CURLING RINK SEEM TO CURL MORE COMING IN THE EVEN ENDS AND THE OUTTURN, BUT MANITOBA WOULD HAVE LIKED TO MAKE A A LITTLE BIT BETTER FREEZE THERE. LEFT AN OPPORTUNITY FOR NEWFOUNDLAND.>>DON: DELICATE TOUCH AND PUSHES IT THROUGH.>>JOAN: THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT MIKE WAS JUST TALKING ABOUT.>>MIKE: REALLY IMPRESSIVE NEWFOUNDLAND COMMUNICATION. THE SWEEPERS CAN CONSTANTLY LETTING BRAD KNOW WHAT THE WEIGHT IS AND THE THROWERS ARE SHOWING GREAT TOUCH. NOT ALWAYS EASY TO CALM YOUR NERVES IN A CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL LIKE THIS.>>DON: THIS IS THE NUMBER THREE ROCK.>>JOAN: THAT’S HOW TECH IN THIS CASE THE GAME HAS BEGHAUN WE PICK UP THESE TINY DIFFERENCES.>>MIKE: ANOTHER GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR NEWFOUNDLAND TO SPLIT THE RING. VERY, VERY DIFFICULT TO ACCESS AND THEY’VE CHOSE ON THE SPLIT THE RINGS HERE WHICH IS SOMEWHAT LESS AGGRESSIVE THAN BRAD HAS BEEN INDICATING ALL GAME BUT THEY KNOW THEY HAVE A GREAT STONE, ANYTHING THEY DO WOULD HURT THAT POSITION. SPLIT THE RINGS AND FORCE MANITOBA TO A TOUGH DECISION.>>CERTAINLY HAS BEEN AN INDICATION HOW THE GAME HAS GONE SO FAR WITH HAMILTON DRAWING TO THE OPEN SIDE AGAIN. AND HARGRAVES THROWING THOSE RUNBACKS AGAIN. I THINK HE’S THROWN A LOT OF THOSE.>>GOOD, ATTABOY.>>DON: BRENT HAMILTON REPLACING JAIME ON THIS BRAD GUSHUE RINK. HAMILTON HAS BEEN VERY GOOD IN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.>>JOAN: IN ALL FAIRNESS TO HARGREAVES HE’S BEEN THROWING THOSE LOW PERCENTAGE RUNBACKS.>>MIKE: IT CAME INTO A PERFECT SHOT SPOT. NOW HE’S GOING TO HAVE A CHANCE TO FREEZE. MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN A BAD IDEA FOR McEWEN TO ROLL OUT THERE, ACTUALLY.>>JOAN: AND IF THEY LEAVE THIS ONE HIGH IT WILL GIVE McEWEN A CHANCE TO GET THE HIT AND ROLL, AND GET HIMSELF OUT OF TROUBLE.>>DON: THE WAY HAMILTON, YOU’D NEVER KNOW HE WAS A ROOKIE ON THIS BRAD GUSHUE TEAM. TALKING TO BRAD WHEN HE TOLD US THAT HE RECRUITED BRENT TO PLAY FOR HIM. HE SAID HE PLAYED HARD TO GET FOR A COUPLE DAYS BUT FINALLY AGREED JOIN US.>>JOAN: I KNOW IN LOOKING AT THE WEEK’S RESULTS, BRENT TOOK A LITTLE WHILE TO SETTLE DOWN HIS FIRST NUMBER OF GAME PERCENTAGE A IT WILLING LOW AND THEN CAME ON STRONG AND HAS BEEN CONSISTENT EVER SINCE.>>DON: AND DENNI NEW FELT WHO PLAYS THIRD FOR THE MANITOBA RINK WAS ALSO RECRUITED. HE WAS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA AND HE WAS APPROACHED BY McEWEN TO JOIN HIM IN BRANDON SO HE TRANSFERRED TO BRANDON BRUVT AND.>>MIKE: BRAD GUSHUE NOT LINING WHERE THAT STONE IS. HE’S CHOSE ON THE HIT THIS. ANOTHER OPTION AGAIN, I WOULD BE TEMPTED TO PLAY FREEZE AT THIS POINT OF THE END, BUT HE SEES THAT McEWEN ALLOWED TO HIT AND ROLL INTO, IF THEY DO PLAY THIS SHOT. NICE PLAY AGAIN.>>JOAN: THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THE CALL WAS.>>8% OF THIRD FOR MARK. GUYS LOOK VERY, VERY CONFIDENT OUT THERE, THOUGH.>>DON: NEWFOUNDLAND IS LEFT LYING ONE.>>MIKE: I DON’T THINK THAT’S A BAD THING THOUGH, THE WAY THIS END HAS GONE, YOU KNOW NEWFOUNDLAND IS GOING TO PLAY THE FREEZE. SO ROLLING OUT IS NOT SO BAD AND IF YOU’RE MANITOBA RIGHT NOW YOU’RE HOPING THIS STONE STOPS AT THE TOP 12, TOP 8 WHERE THEY’LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ROLL.>>JOAN: THAT’S EXACTEDLY WAY MANITOBA NEEDS TO THINK. WE’RE GOING TO THINK WE’RE GOING TO WAIT FOR AN OPPORTUNITY AND WE’RE GOING TO GET AN OPPORTUNITY. YOU CAN’T BE SITTING IN THIS SITUATION EARLY IN THE GAME THINKING WE’RE IN REAL TROUBLE.>>LOOKS GOOD FROM HERE.>>MIKE: [CHEERING] MECHANIC NOT A GREAT BREAK BUT AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET OUT OF THIS END. THIS IS THE FIRST CHANCE ALL END THAT McEWEN HAS HAD A CHANCE TO PLAY A FAIRLY AGGRESSIVE SHOT, A SHOT THAT CAN BENEFIT THEM SOMEHOW.>>BRENT HAD A LOT MORE WEIGHT THAN YOU DID. COMING IN AT THE HOG LINE.>>ROLLING 6 FEET ACROSS THE RING. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU REALLY NEED IT IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS, JOAN.>>JOAN: MIKE, SUCH A SOFT SPOKEN GUY, DOESN’T SAY A LOT BUT WHAT HE DOES SAY IS VERY POWERFUL. STRONG SILENT TYPE.>>DON: HE DOESN’T GET ROLL HE WAS HOPING FOR.>>JOAN: MANITOBA IS CONTINUING TO THROW QUITE A BIT OF WEIGHT, EVEN ON THEIR HITS AND ROLLS.>>COME AROUND THAT RED ONE. JUST BEHIND.>>ANOTHER GOOD DECISION BY BRAD GUSHUE. INSTEAD OF HITTING THAT STONE AT THE TOP 12 THAT WOULD LEAVE MANITOBA WITH A DOUBLE, THEY’VE PLAYED SEVERAL TIMES THIS END. THEY’RE COMFORTABLE WITH THIS SHOT.>>JOAN: AND THEY KNOW IT NEEDS TO BE DEEPER.>>HARD! HARD!>>CARRIES THE STONE DOWN THERE, COULDN’T HAVE PLACED IT IN A MUCH BETTER POSITION.>>MIKE: BRAD ONLY CURLING 92% AT THIS POINT IN THE GAME.>>GOOD OPPORTUNITY NOW FOR McEWEN TO COME DOWN HIT THE YELLOW STONE AND ROLL HIS SHOOTER RIGHT TO THE BACK OF THE FOREFOOT. WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE THAT STONE GO BACK ANOTHER 3, 4, 5 INCHS SO THIS HIT AND ROLL WOULDN’T BE THERE, ALTHOUGH IT IS VERY DIFFICULT AND HAS FORCED HIM TO CHANGE TURNS TOO.>>MIKE: BRINGING THAT WEIGHT UP, IT’S DIFFICULT TO MAKE A NICE SOFT HIT AND ROLL. SWEEPERS DON’T GET INVOLVED IN THE SHOT AS MUCH AS THEY COULD.>>BIG JUMP SHOT HERE FOR BRAD.>>CHANGED TURNS AGAIN AS HE DID IN THE FIRST END. CHANGED THE SHOT AGAIN. OBVIOUSLY HAVE BEEN PRACTICING ON THE ICE AND COMFORTABLE WITH THE WEIGHT ALL ACROSS, BUT SEEM TO LIKE TO THROW THE SAME SHOT TWICE IN A ROW.>>DON: A DRAW FOR TWO ON END FOUR. AND THAT WOULD PROPELL NEWFOUNDLAND INTO A THREE-POINT EDGE. SO BRAD GUSHUE WITH HIS FINAL STONE OF THE FOURTH. CATCHES A PIECE OF THE FOREFOOT. AND AFTE FOUR ENDS OF PLAY IT’S NEWFOUNDLAND 4, MANITOBA 1. WHY DON’T YOU GUYS
GET SOME REST. [♪♪♪] ♪ FLY ME TO THE MOON ♪ ♪ AND LET ME PLAY ♪ ♪ AMONG THE STARS ♪ ♪ LET ME SEE
WHAT SPRING IS LIKE ♪ ♪ ON JUPITER AND MARS ♪ INTRODUCING THE FORD ESCAPE. IMAGINE A WORLD
WITH NO BOUNDARIES. HE TOLD THE PROVINCE AND THE COUNTRY THE RUMORS ARE TRUE.>>Premier Bouchard: IT IS NOW A TIME FOR MY INVOLVEMENT IN POLITICS TO COME TO>>IT’S A THREE-POINT NEWFOUNDLAND LEAD OVER MANITOBA AFTER FOUR ENDS IN THIS KARCHER JR. MEN’S FINAL IN ST. CATHARINES. OUR NEXT STOP ON THE SEASON OF CHAMPIONS TAKES US TO SUDRY AND HERE ARE THE ENTRANTS ALREADY DECIDED KELLEY LAW OF COURSE. TEAM CANADA THE WORLD CHAMPIONS FROM ONE YEAR AGO AND SOME FAMILIAR NES, STRONG, JONES IN HER 15th APPEARANCE IN THE WOMEN’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. THE 99 JR. CHAMP FROM QUEBEC. AND SHARI■■■■, REPRE■■SENTING ONTARIO IN WOMEN’S COMPETITION. ALL COMING UP IN A COUPLE WEEKS. FROM SUDBURY ONTARIO. TO THE FIFTH END NOW, DON.>>DON: AND IT WAS IN SUDBURY IN 1983 WHERE ONE OF THE MAJOR INNOVATIONS IN TELEVISION CURLING COVERAGE WAS INTRODUCED THE MICROPHONES THAT THE CURLERS NOW WEAR, DEFEATING ED, IN THE FINAL.>>USE THE FULL EFFECT,.>>DON: YEAH, WE WON’T QUOTE HIM AS TO WHAT HE SAID WHEN HE THREW HIS FINAL STONE, BUT.>>JOAN: MIGHT HAVE BEEN ASKED TO PUT THIS ONE WE DON’T NEED ANY MORE TWAUFS THREE-POINT LEAD OF WHAT THE THINKING IS.>>MIKE McEWEN REALLY FORCED, THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO ALL OUT AT THIS POINT OF THE GAME. ONLY THE FIFTH END BUT, ONLY SCORED ONE POINT THUS FAR IN THE GAME AND THEY’VE GOT TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN.>>I THINK DURING THE BREAK BETWEEN ENDS 4 RAND 5 THEY MAY HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE WEIGHT THEY WERE THROWING BECAUSE MANITOBA HAS BEEN THROWING A LITTLE BIT MORE WEIGHT ON THIS ICE, PARTICULARLY THE SKIP MIKE McEWEN WITH SOME OF HIS HITS.>>JOAN: I THINK WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THAT COMFORT ZONE AS YOU SAID, AND COMFORTWISE THAT WEIGHT MIGHT BE GOOD FOR YOU, BUT ON THIS PARTICULAR ICE CONDITION, IT’S NOT BEING EFFECTIVE. SO YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO BRING IT DOWN.>>NEWFOUNDLAND LIES TWO. HOW ABOUT THIS, COMING FROM BEHIND TO DEFEAT STOUTEN 9-7. AGAINST GUY HEMMINGS IN THE QUEBEC FINAL ALONG THE BRIER TRAIL AS PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONS ARE DECLARED TODAY AND TOMORROW ACROSSTHE COUNTRY.>>MIKE: SHOULD BE A GOOD FINAL TONIGHT.>>JOAN: YOU HAVE TOO DEAL THESE ROCKS BUT THEY’RE JUST LOOKING TO MOVE THEM AFTERNOON. MOVE THE BACK ONE SO THEY CAN USE IT LATER. IT’S A GREAT CALL.>>MIKE: THEY HAVE TO KEEP THEIR SHOOTAROUND, THAT’S MOST IMPORTANT AT THIS STAGE OF THE GAME.>>JOAN: THEY MANAGED TO MOVE IT BEHIND THE LINE, THE WHOLE THINKING IS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO USE IT LATER.>>DON: HE DOESN’T SAY MUCH DURING THE COURSE OF THE GAME, MIKE McEWEN, AS WELL AS HIS OWN TEAM.>>HARD! HARD!>>JOAN: A BIT OF A WOBBLE.>>MIKE: GOT AWAY WITH ONE THERE.>>JOAN: THAT WAS PLAN B, THEY DIDN’T LOOK TO HIT ONE ON THAT SIDE BUT DID GET AWAY WITH IT.>>MIKE: LEAVES A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR A FREEZE OR JUST A STRAIGHT COME AROUND. A LOT OF YELLOW STONES IN PLAY BUT THAT’S GOOD FOR MANITOBA AT THIS STAGE OF THE GAME.>>THESE ARE VERY DIFFICULT SHOTSS. IN YOUR MIND YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT HOW CAN I THROW THIS ROCK. WHAT’S MY OPTIONS. AND HIS OPTION IS TO BE SHORT, HE CAN’T BE HEAVY. HE NEEDS TO KEEP THE ROCKS IN PLAY. BUT HE WILL BE DISAPPOINTED IN HOW SHORT THAT ONE IS.■■>>MIKE: BRAD GUSHUE IS GOING TO HAVE TO PEEL OFF THAT CENTRE GUARD.■ A LITTLE BIT UNCOMFORTABLE PEELING, IF YOU TURN THIS OVER A LITTLE BIT THERE’S LOTS OF STONES TO JAM ON IN THE HOUSE.>>DON: HAMILTON PEELS THE CORNER GUARD.>>HE JUST CONTINUES TO PLAY GREAT. LOOKS VERY COMFORTABLE OUT THERE.>>STILL GOING TO USE THAT ROCK BEHIND THE T LINE. AGAIN A GOOD CALL.>>DON: THAT TASK ASSIGNED TO MANITOBA’S SECOND, GEORDIE HARGREAVES.>>MIKE: WORKING REALLY HARD. HAS A LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE HE GETS ANYWHERE NEAR THE FREEZE.>>NOW THERE’S A HANS FOR GUSHUE TO GET RID OF BOTH OF THOSE STONES.>>MIKE: TOUGH DOUBLE LOOKS LIKE THE STONE ON THE LEFT IS GOING TO RUB OFF HIS OWN YELLOW. I IMAGINE HE WILL BE THROWING THIS ONE PRETTY HARD.>>DON: HE CERTAINLY THREW FIRM WEIGHT.>>GRAB THAT.>>THAT’S BASICALLY WHAT HE WANTED, CLEAN HOUSE. A GREAT SHOT.>>A BIG WEIGHT LIKE THAT AND YOU KNOW ROCKS A GOING TO BE MOVED. YOU DON’T HAVE TO HIT IT EXACTLY.>>MIKE: STILL IN A GOOD POSITION OF COURSE. MANITOBA TO SCORE ONE, GOT TWO, SPLIT THEM IN THE RING, QUITE WELL.>>JOAN: ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN, MANITOBA STILL HAS A ROCK BEHIND THE T LINE THAT THEY CAN USE, THEY CAN MAKE A GREAT FREEZE ON.>>MANITOBA REALLY NEEDS TO MAKE A NICE FREEZE AGAIN, THEY HAVEN’T MADE TOO MANY TOUGH SHOTS AND THEY HAVEN’T BEEN CLOSE EITHER ON THE LAST TWO DRAWS.>>AGAIN THEY’RE GOING TO COME UP SHORT IN THEIR ATTEMPT TO FREEZE.>>ALREADY TALKING ABOUT THE ICE FLATTENING OUT.>>JOAN: AND THAT’S EARLY.>>MIKE: FROM THE BACK LINE TO THE FIRST LINE. 350, LONGER THE SPLIT TIME THE SLOW IRTHEIR COMING OUT.>>JOAN: WHAT HAPPENS WITH ICE THAT IS BARELY STRAIGHT AND YOU’RE USING THE SAME PAST OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THE CHANCES OF IT FUDGES ON THOSE SAME PATHS GET HIGHER AND HIGHER.>>MIKE: A BIT OF CONCERN, IT’S ONLY THE FIRST END. YOU DON’T LIKE SEEING ANY PEBBLE BREAK DOWN TH■■■■IS EARLY IN THE GAME. BEING UP 3-1, GOING TO MAKE SHOTS MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT.>>DON: 4-1 NEWFOUNDLAND LEADING AND THEY HAVE TWO STONES IN THE RING.>>DON: THIS TIME NEUFELD COMES RIGHT DOWN ON THE FACE OF THE YELLOW NEWFOUNDLAND DRAW.>>JOAN: THE LINE — OR THE WEIGHT WAS GREAT. LINE NOT QUITE PERFECT.>>MIKE: NICE THING FOR NEWFOUNDLAND WHEN YOU DO PLAY PEELS IT’S VERY EASY TO SPRING THESE ROCKS THAT ARE PARTLY FROZEN.>>DON: NOW FELT JUST PASSING ALONG TO MIKE McEWEN, THE INFORMATION THAT IT’S ABOUT A SECOND SLOWER.>>THAT’S A LOT THIS EARLY IN THE GAME.>>LIKE CLEARING HOUSE, THIS IS GOING TO GIVE MANITOBA AN OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE ON TO THE SIXTH AND HOPEFULLY SET THINGS UP BETTER.>>MIKE: AND NEWFOUNDLAND HAS TO GET ANOTHER END UNDER THEIR BELT. THE BETTER FOR THEM.>>DON: McEWEN IS RIGHT ON TARGET.>>JOAN: THERE’S NOT MUCH DISCUSSION FOR BRAD.>>HE COULD HAVE BEEN DOWN READY TO THROW IMMEDIATELY, THE ROCK CAME TO REST BECAUSE HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO.>>WELL HE’S GOING TO FORCE McEWEN TO TAKE A PASS THAT THE STONE.>>JOAN: JUST HANGING ON.>>THAT’S HOW IT FEELS WHEN YOU’RE PLAYING REALLY WELL. WHEN IT’S NOT GOING SO WELL, YOU’RE GOING, OH, THIS GAME IS DRAGGING!>>HARD! HARD!>>DON: AND HE GETS THE NOSE HIT. THE SHOOTER STAY ALSO THE OUTSIDE THE RING AND McEWEN IS SUCCESSFUL IN BLANKING AND NUMBER FIVE. SO, IT’S A MIDPOINT OF THIS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. MANITOBA CONTINUES TO TRAIL, NEWFOUNDLAND BY THREE.>>BACK IN ST. CATHARINES A. THE LAST ONE WAS BUILT IN 1932, PROVIDING A STAIRCASE OF WATER CLIMBING 300 PEOPLE FROM LAKE EAR TROY LAKE ONTARIO. HERE TOOT FIFTH END. IT’S BRAD GUSHUE LEADING MANITOBA’S MIKE McEWEN BY A SCORE OF 4-1 AFTER FIVE ENDS. IT’S BEEN A GAME IN WHI÷ BRAD GUSHUE HAS DICTATED THE TERMS TO HIS COUNTERPART FROM MANITOBA. HERE’S THE SCORING RECAP FOR BRAD GUSHUE. HE SCORES TWO IN THE FIRST WE UNDERSTAND A DRAW AND THEN ANOTHER DRAW FOR A DEUCE IN THE FOURTH, AND THAT 4-1 LEADCH WE HEARD YOU CHUCKING THERE, THAT YOU COULDN’T BELIEVE IT WAS THE FIFTH END BREAK. I GUESS THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THINGS ARE GOING WELL.>>WE WANTED TO COME OUT AND HAVE FUN. LAST YEAR WE GOT AWAY FROM THAT AND WE’RE TRYING TO ENJOY OURSELVES AND PLAY THE GAME WE USUALLY PLAY AND YOU KNOW THINGS HAVE BEEN GOING GREAT. AND TIME IS FLYING LIKE YOU KNOW, WE’RE HAVING SO MUCH FUN WE DON’T WANT TO IT END. IT’S JUST GOING SO FAST.>>WHERE DID YOU FIND THE NERVE? WHERE DID YOU FIND THAT RESOLVE AFTER COMING TO TERMS WITH THAT DISASTEROUS FINAL END LAST YEAR.>>IT TOOK A WHILE. YOU KNOW, FIRST A LITTLE BIT WAS HARD, BUT, YOU’VE GOT TO REALIZE THAT IT’S ONLY ONE SHOT, I COULD HAVE MISSED THAT SHOT IN THE FOURTH END OR SECOND END OR ANY OTHER END. JUST MISS IT IN THE TEN. BUT I LEARNED FROM IT, AND I THINK THAT’S THE MAIN THING AND I’M BRINGING IT INTO THIS GAME. SO.>>BRAD YOU’RE LOOKING CONFIDENT AND RELAXED. GOOD LUCK THE REST OF THE WAY.>>THANK YOU.>>BRAD GUSHUE LEADING 4-1 FOR MANITOBA. TO THE BOOTH NOW HERE’S DON JOAN AND MIKE.>>DON: THERE IS A CONSENSUS THAT NEWFOUNDLAND SEEMS TO BE PRETTY RELAXED AND BRAD GUSHUE BENEFITING FROMIS EXPERIENCE AND DISAPPOINTMENT FROM A YEAR AGO.>>JOAN: HE’S LOOKING GREAT. HE’S LOOKING CONFIDENT. HIS TEAM IS CHATTING, THEY’RE COMMUNICATING, THEY’RE DOING ALL THE LITTLE THINGS VERY WELL. BUT ITEM NOT OVER FOR MANITOBA. THERE’S FIVE ENDS LEFT. MANITOBA HAS TO THINK ALL THEY NEED STOOD GET TWO POINTS AND THEY’RE RIGHT BACK IN THIS GAME.>>DON: HOW DOES MANITOBA GO ABOUT GETTING TWO POINTS.>>MIKE: DON’T HAVE MUCH OPTION. THEY HAVE TO START MAKING SOME TOUCH SHOTS. NEWFOUNDLAND HAS BEEN THROWING THE MAJORITY OF THE MADE TOUCH SHOTS THUS FAR IN THE GAME AND MANITOBA HAS BEEN STRUGGLING WITH DRAW WEIGHT SO. THEY’LL HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO FIND THAT ELUSIVE DRAW WEIGHT SO FAR AND I THINK THEY’VE GOT THEIR HANDS FULL. THEY HAVE A LONG WAY BACK INTO THIS GAME.>>TALKING WITH THEIR COACH ED McEWEN THEY’RE PROBABLY GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT THE WEIGHT THEY’VE BEEN THROWING IN SOME OF THEIR TAKEOUT ATTEMPTS AS WELL, WOULD YOU AGREE?>>JOAN: I THINK THEY HAVE TO TALK ABOUT COMMUNICATING. IT’S VERY QUIET OUT THERE. MIKE IS LOOKING REALLY NERVOUS TO ME. THEY HAVE TO TALK ABOUT HOW THEY CAN TALK THROUGH THINGS ABILITY DRAW WEIGHT, ABOUT TAKEOUT WEIGHT, AND ABOUT STRATEGY.■■>>DON: WE’LL FIND OUT WHAT MIKE McEWEN MIGHT BE THINKING HE’S WITH MARK LEE.>>AND DON HERE’S THE SCORING RECAP FOR MIKE McEWEN, HE HAD ONE IN THE SECOND WITH A DRAW AND THEN BLANKED THE FIFTH END TO TRY TO SET SOMETHING UP, I’M SURE TO SET THE TABLE IN THE SECOND HALF OF THIS MATCH. MIKE, HOW DO YOU FEEL THE WAY THINGS HAVE GONE SO FAR, JOAN WAS SAYING SHE THINKS YOUR RINK KNEES TO COMMUNICATE A BIT MORE.>>WE ARE VERY QUIET THROUGHOUT BUT WIRE NOT CONTROLLING OUR WEIGHT VERY WELL SO. HOPEFULLY IN THE NEXT FIVE ENDS, SET SOME THINGS OFF. GET OUR DEUCE BACK AND KEEP IT CLOSE.>>GUSHUE HAS BEEN DICTATING THE TERMS OF THIS MATCH. HOW CAN YOU TAKE IT BACK FROM HIM SOME.>>I THINK WE’VE JUST GOT TO BEAT HIM TO THE FOREFOOT. WE’RE NOT PUTTING ANY PRESSURE ON HIM RIGHT NOW, SO THAT’S SOMETHING WE HAVE TO DO IN THE NEXT FIVE END■■S.>>ANY NERVE.>>I’M ALL RIGHT, I DON’T KNOW ABOUT MY TEAM, BUT I’M NOT TOO NERVOUS OUT THERE, WE’VE BEEN IN LOTS OF PRESSURE GAMES, SO I THINK WE’RE HANDLING IT ALL RIGHT.>>YOU GUYS WON THE BRANDON ZONE AND COULD HAVE BEEN CHALLENGING FOR A SPOT IN THE BRIER FROM MANITOBA, YOU CHOSE TO COME HERE INSTEAD AND NOW YOU HAVE TO CHANCE FOR A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.>>WELL, I DON’T KNOW IF WE WOULD BE CONTENDER IN THE MEN’S, WE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO GO ON AND DONE BOTH, BUT WE’RE HAPPY TO BE HERE.>>GOOD LUCK THE REST OF THE WAY HERE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS.>>THANK YOU.>>MIKE McEWEN OF MANITOBA, HIS TEAM TRAILING BY THREE TO BRAD GUSHUE OF NEWFOUNDLAND AFTER FIVE ENDS OF THIS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP. WHEN WE COME BACK WE’LL REJOIN BRIAN WILLIAMS AT CBC■■■■ ú>>AND IF YOU ARE JUST JOINING US, GOOD AFTERNOON FROM TORONTO. I’M BRIAN WILLIAMS. WELCOME BACK TO CBC SPORTS SATURDAY. WE’LL GET BACK TO JUNIOR CURL CANING IN JUST A MINUTE. ONE GAME JUST ABOUT TO GET UNDER WAY NEW JERSEY AT PITTSBURGH. DEVILS WITH 68 POINTS ONE UP ON OTTAWA IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE. THURSDAY IN DETROIT, RED WINGS BEAT TORONTO 2-1, TONIGHT THE REMATCH OF THE AIR CANADA CENTRE. FOR A PREVIEW, LET’S GO JUST A COUPLE BLOCKS FROM HERE AND HERE’S RON MacLEAN.>>BRIAN, THANKS A LOT. AS YOU SEE ALL IS QUIET DOWNTOWN TORONTO RIGHT NOW, BUT IT WILL BE JAMMED TO CAPACITY THIS EVENING FOR THE ONE AND ONLY VISIT OF FORMER GREAT RIVAL OF THE MAPLE LEAFS THE DETROIT RED WINGS WHO AREN’T IN THE SAME CONFERENCE ANYMORE. BUT NONETHELESS WITH SIX TORONTO BOYS IN THE LINEUP THERE WAS A CRUSH FOR TICKETS IN THE DRESSING ROOM THIS MORNING AT THE ACC RED WINGS TRYING TO GET THEIR FAMILY IN TO SUPPORT NIGHT. IT’S THE 633rd CAREER MEETING BETWEEN THESE TWO TEAMS AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THEIR DEAD EVEN. I THINK MOST PEOPLE KNOW 207 WINS A PIECE AND 92 TIES ALL YOU WILL A GREAT CLICK AND IT’S THE SECOND HALF OF A HOME AT HOME. THAT’S ONE OF OUR EARLY TELECASTS, THE OTHER IN OTTAWA AND THAT’S THAT’S ALSOS A BIT OF A RIVALRY. BUFFALO AND OTTAWA IN THE SAME NORTHEAST DIVISION AND REALLY FOUR YEARS AGO WHEN THEY FIRST MET IN THE PLAY-OFFS SET THE TONE FOR WHY IS THAT THE SABRES AND SENS HAVE A GOOD FOLLOWING AT THE RESPECTIVE ARENAS. THOSE ARE THE EARLY GAMES. GAME TWO CALGARY INTO VANCOUVER, COMING OFF A HUGE 5-3 VICTORY LAST NIGHT IN COLORADO. JEFF COW WHEN’S GAME WINNER THE DIFFERENCE AND MIKE VERNON A TOUGH TRIP FOR CALGARY WITH, AND ALSO UPDATING THE NEW YORK ISLANDERS INTO MONTREAL TO TAKE ON MARTIN RUCINSKY BACK WITH THE CANADIANS. PLUS MORE ON THE NOLAN SUSPENSION, 1 GAMES FOR THE HIT ON GRAND MARSHALL. I DON’T HAVE ANY INKING ON WHAT DON CHERRY IS GOING TO SAY. HE’S GOT AING MEETING WITH HIS ICE DOG ORGANIZATION. I’M SURE WE’LL HEAR A LOT ABOUT THAT, AND WE’LL GET INTO THE PHOENIX OWNERSHIP SITUATION ON THE HEADLINER. ALL BEGINNING WITH LABATT SATURDAY NIGHT TONIGHT AT 6:30 EASTERN, BRIAN. BX WE’RE NOT SURE WHAT DON WILL SAY, I’M SURE HE’LL REFER TO HIM AS NOLAN. BUICK INVITATIONAL AT LA JOIA. COW PROFESSIONAL CANADIANS, BIRDIED FOUR OF THE FIRST SIX HOLES BOGEYED NUMBER SEVEN. NOW FOUR SHOTS OFF THE LEAD. MIKE WEIR MOVED TO TEN UNDER. WOMEN IN HAWAII. LORIE KANE. TWO BEHIND SORN STAN. THEY HAVE YET TO START PLAY. A WORLD CUP COMPETITION IN JAPAN, TAMMY BRADLEY FROM VANCOUVER, GOLD AND ALSO GOLD, THIS IS IN THE COMPETITION TO STEFAN FROM QUEBEC. THAT BRINGS YOU UP TO DATE HERE THIS AFTERNOON. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE ONE MORE BREAK AND WHEN WE RETURN WE’LL TAKE YOU BACK LIVE TO THE NIAGARA PENINSULA AREA OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO SOUTHEAST OF HAMILTON. THERE IT IS, THE ICE SURFACE AT THE ST. CATHERINE’S GOLF CLUB. 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BACK IN THE SWING. [ ♪♪♪ ]>>WELCOME BACK TO ST. KATHERININGS ONTARIO ON THE SHOEVS LAKE ONTARIO, WE’RE AT THE FIFTH END BREAK OF THIS KARCHER JUNIOR MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL WITH BRAD GUSHUE OF NEWFOUNDLAND LEADING MIKE McEWEN’S RINK BY A SCORE OF 4-1. NOW SOME DEVELOPMENTS IN THE NOKIA BRIER PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWNS. THIS IS THE FINAL FROM QUEBEC, FRANCOIS WITH A DEUCE IN THE TENTH COMING BEAT BLAKE 8-9 IN THE SEMIFINAL. HE WILL PLAY GUY HEMMINGS TONIGHT IN THE FINAL TO SEE WHO WILL REPRESENT QUEBEC IN THE NOKIA BRIER. FURTHER WEST, TO NORTHERN ONTARIO, THE ICE MAN, THE TWO-TIME WORLD CHAMPION LEADING BRUCE MELVILLE 2-1 AT THE FIFTH END BREAK OF THAT SEMIFINAL. BILL ADAMS IS AWAITING THE WINNER IN THE FINAL TONIGHT. WE’RE GIST ABOUT SET FOR FIRST ROCKS HERE IN THE SIXTH END. THE NEWFOUNDLAND CROWD HAS BEEN VERY VOCAL IN THE MIDSECTION OF THIS JAM-PACKED ST. CATHARINES ONTARIO GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB. DON.>>DON: THE NEWFOUNDLAND SUPPORTERS ARE CERTAINLY HAVING SOME FUN IN THE STANDS.■■ AS THEY TRY AND ENCOURAGE BRAD GUSHUE TO THAT PROVINCE’S FIRST EVER NATIONAL JR. CHAMPIONSHIP. SUZANNE GODY AND HER TEAMMATES, WATCHING THIS JR. MEN’S FINAL. IN ACTION TOMORROW AFTERNOON AGAINST THE DEFENDING CHAMPION STEPHANIE MILLER OF SASKATCHEWAN, AND WE’LL HAVE THE JUNIOR WOMEN’S FINAL FOR YOU. AND THE WINNER OF THE MEN’S AND JUNIOR TITLES WILL REPRESENT CANADA AT THE WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN WRU TAU AND OF COURSE IN 2002, UTAH WILL BE THE SITE OF THE OLYMPIC CURLING CHAMPIONSHIPS, SALT LAKE CITY, THE MOST CITY BUT THE CURL CAN YOUING WILL TAKE PLACE OUTSIDE OF SALT LAKE IN UTAH ABOUT 40 MINUTES OUTSIDE OF SALT LAKE CITY.>>MIKE: BRAD GOING TOP OF 8 FOOT AGAIN. ALWAYS NOTICE AFTER FIFTH END BREAK THE ICE GETS A LITTLE BIT KICK QUICKER. THE ICE COOLS DOWN A LITTLE BIT. QUITE OFTEN THIS FIRST ROCK WILL SLIDE A LITTLE BIT DEEPER.■■>>DON: THE ICE MAKE VERSE HAD CHANGING WEATHER CONDITION CANS IN PREPARING THE SURFACE. IT WAS COOL THE OTHER DAY AN THEN IT SNOWED THEN RAIN THE TEMPERATURE WENT UP TO 13° AND THEN OVERNIGHT COOLED OFF WITH A LITTLE SNOW THIS MORNING.>>JOAN: ICE MAKERS HAVE A LOT OF FACTORS TO DEAL WITH WHEN THEY’RE GETTING READY FOR THIS FINAL AND ONE IS THE WEATHER OUTSIDE AND THE OTHER IS SO MANY MORE PEOPLE IN THE BUILDING ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ICE. AND THEY NEED TO PREPARE THE ICE, AS MIKE SAID EARLIER ONCE THE ICE STARTS TO BREAK DOWN, THERE’S NO BRINGING IT BACK SO. THEY HAVE TO AIR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION AND MAKE THE ICE VERY COLD AN IT CHANGES A LITTLE.>>DON: NOLAN THIESSEN HOPING TO MAKE A RETURN TRIP TO ONTARIO THIS SUMMER AS A MEMBER OF THE MANITOBA CANADA GAMES TEAM. CANADA GAMES TO BE HELD IN LONDON IN AUGUST. MIKE ADAMS SHARES ACCOMMODATION IN ST. JOHN’S WITH MARK NICHOLS. THE TWO YOUNG MEN FROM LABRADOR AND THEY WERE SAYING, THEY HOPE WHEN THEY RETURN HOME SOMEONE HAS BEEN KIND ENOUGH TO SHOVEL OUT A PATH TO THEIR HOUSE. SO FOR THOSE FOLKS LISTENING WHO KNOW WHERE MARK AND MIKE LIVE, THEY WOULD APPRECIATE IT WITH ALL THE SNOW YOU’VE HAD OUT THERE IF YOU WOULD SHOVEL A PATH TO THEIR HOME WHEN THEY RETURN HOME ON MONDAY.>>AND AGAIN TWO STONES. GOOD SPOT FOR NEWFOUNDLAND AND IT’S McEWEN IS GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THESE STONES RIGHT OFF THE BAT HERE.>>I THINK HIS OTHER OPTION IS WHAT HE DID.>>LOOKS LIKE IT JUST SLID OPEN.>>HAMILTON, THE YOUNGEST MEMBER OF THIS NEWFOUNDLAND FOURSOME WILL ATTEMPT TO IF I CAN RED STONE.>>HARD! HARD!>>IT SEEMS EASY TO MAKE THOSE SHOT BUS THAT WAS A VERY DIFFICULT SHOT.>>AND BRENT LOOKING VERY EASILY QUIET ON THE TEAM IT APPEARS AND FIRST TIME IN THE FINAL, THE OTHER THREE GUYS DO HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE EXPERIENCE AND PERHAPS HE IS A TOUCH MORE NERVOUS BUT HE’S PLAYING AWESOME.>>LIKE TO KEY UP TO THREE ON THE INSIDE OF THE YELLOW STONE.>>JUST A TAP, BUT IT COULD BE A DIFFICULT STONE TO REMOVE CLEANLY.>>BUMPED A LITTLE FURTHER THAN HE WOULD HAVE LIKED BUT THIS IS A RELATIVELY SIMPLE SHOT FOR BRENT AND THESE GUYS DO THROW VERY, VERY ACCURATELY. AND GOOD NEWS FOR NEWFOUNDLAND THEY WOULDN’T MIND AFTER LOSING ONE OF THOSE TWO, THAT THEY ACTUALLY KNOW WOULDN’T BE THE END OF THE WORLD HERE.>>HAMILTON GETS THE OBJECT STOEB PICKS UP ONE OF HIS OWN. NEWFOUNDLAND IS ABOUT BEHIND TWO.>>JOAN: I THINK THIS IS A BETTER CALL MIKE, THE HIT AND ROLL, WITH THE HIT AND ROLL YOU RUN A GREATER CHANCE OF LOSING YOUR SHOOTER.>>MIKE: THAT WOULD GIVE NEWFOUNDLAND A OPPORTUNITY TO GET ANOTHER END OUT OF THE WAY. TIME IS ON NEW FOUNDLAND’S FAVOUR THIS STAGE OF THE GAME.>>THAT’S GOOD. THAT’S GOOD.>>DON: MANITOBA DELIVERED BY GEORDIE HARGREAVES.>>YOU WANT TO JUST PLAY A LITTLE HIT AND ROLL.>>MARK NICHOLS WILL ALSO REMOVE ONE OF HIS OWN. MANITOBA STILL HAS SHOTS SO THERE IS THE YOU WANT THE HERE FOR MANITOBA TO PERHAPS GET THE DEUCE THEY WERE SHOPPING FOR.>>THAT WAS A GOOD CALL. HE KNOWS HE HAS A STONE. THE RINGS ARE NOT VERY BIG RIGHT NOW FOR MANITOBA. THERE’S NOT A LOT OF ROOM FOR THEM TO GET THAT SECOND STONE IN THERE. SO, HE KNOWS THAT AT SOME POINT DURING THIS END HE’S GOING TO HAVE TWO RED STONES FAIRLY CLOSE TOGETHER. LEAVE HIMSELF A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR DOUBLE.■■>>MIKE: TRYING TO GET THIS AROUND THE STONE AT THE TOP. VERY DIFFICULT ON ICE THAT REALLY ISN’T ALL THAT SWINGING.>>IF THERE’S ANYTHING IT’S GOING TO MOVE IT’S GOING TO BE IN THIS INTERN SPOT GOING INTO THE FOREFRONT.>>TAKE A LOOK, GUYS. YES! WHOA!>>JOAN: LOOKING VERY GOOD.>>DON: MANITOBA NOW LIES TWO. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY INTERESTING, HAD NOT COME TO THE JUNIORS BUT COULD HAVE BEEN DENNI NEUFELD THROWING THIRD STONES FOR MIKE McEWEN PROBABLY GOING UP AGAINST HIS FATHER, IN ONE OF THE ROUND ROBIN GAMES.>>MIKE: AND AS GOOD A SHOT AS THAT WAS, AS WE MENTIONED AT THIS STAGE BRAD HAS HIS STONES ARE ONLY A FOOT AND A HALF APART.>>JOAN: VERY CLOSE.>>HARD! HARD! .>>MIKE: I THINK HE DID TRUCK TOP ONE DIDN’T HE.>>JOAN: HE DID RUB THE TOP ONE BUT VERY FORTUNATE. THEY’LL TAKE IT THOUGH.>>DON: HE RUBS THE TOP BUT REMOVES T TWO RED STONES. TAKE ANOTHER LOOK.>>JOAN: JUST CAUGHT A LITTLE REDIRECTION.>>MIKE: BETTER LUCKY THAN GOOD SOMETIMES.>>DON: YOU NEED A COMBINATION OF BOTH TO BE SUCCESSFUL. AND MARK NICKLE WITH THIS SHOT WAS BOTH GOOD AND LUCKY.>>YES, ROLL IT HARD! HARD!>>JOAN: REALLY NOT SEEING A LOT OF MOVEMENT AT ALL THERE ON THAT SIDE OF THE ICE. SOFT, SOFT WEIGHT.>>DON: THAT CAN BE DISCOURAGING WHEN YOU THINK YOU’VE GOT THINGS SET UP GOING YOUR WAY, AND THE OPPOSITION GETS A BREAK.>>MIKE: BRAD GUSHUE INKATED HE LIKED TO HIT AND ROLL, I THINK IT MIGHT BE BETTER GIST TO HAVE IT WHERE IT WAS AND, AGAIN, IT’S A DIFFICULT SHOT.>>HARD! HARD!>>MIKE: CHANGE YOUR MIND HALFWAY DOWN.>>JOAN: THAT IS A SIGN OF A GOOD TEAM THAT THEY ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT THEY DID WRONG.>>MIKE: THERE’S NOTHING WORSE THAN THROWING IT WRONG AND NOT ADMITTING IT.>>ANTICIPATING THE POSSIBILITY OF MANITOBA MAKING THE HIT AND GETTING THE ROLL, AND AS HE SAID, IT’S ONLY A 6-FOOT RUNBACK SO HE’S ALREADY GOT HIS SHOT.>>SOUNDS EASY, DOESN’T IT?>>OKAY MIKE, SHOT.>>IT’S A NOSE HIT, HOWEVER FOR MANITOBA. SO THINGS BECOME MUCH EASIER FOR BRAD GUSHUE WITH HIS FINAL STONE OF HIS SIXTH END.>>MIKE McEWEN THROWING CROSS WEIGHT. FOR THOSE THAT MAY NOT BE FA MILL WEAR WITH THE TERM. THE REFERENCE NEGATIVE ICE.>>THE STONE DOESN’T CURL WITH THE HAND THAT YOU ACTUALLY TURN. IT ACTUALLY FALLS AWAY FROM THE BROOM. PACKICALLY. SO, IT’S TOUGH TO MAKE HIT AND ROLLS AND IMPOSSIBLE TO PLAY COME AROUNDS ON.>>DON: NOW THIS TIME McEWEN NEEDS TO HIT AND STICK WITH HIS FINAL STONE. BUT HE WOULD HAVE RELINQUISHED CONTROL TO BRAD GUSHUE.>>HE’S HAD TROUBLE OVERTHROWING STONES IN THE PAST FEW ENDS SO THIS IS A VERY STRAIGHT SPOT. ANYTHING CAN HAP WOULD BE SUFFICIENT.>>DON: MIKE McEWEN PICKED UP A SINGLE POINT ON END NUMBER SIX AND HEADING TO THE SEVENTH HE TRAILS BRAD GUSHUE OF NEWFOUNDLAND BY ■■■■ YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT. D- LET’S KEEP IT
ON THAT LEVEL, THEN. TANGO’S UP AND>>THEY’RE WATCHING FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE GLASS HERE AT THE ST. CATHARINES GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB. STANDING ROOM ONLY FOR THIS KARCHER JR. MEN’S FINAL, AS BRAD GUSHUE OF NEWFOUNDLAND LEADS MIKE McEWEN OF MANITOBA 4-2. A TWO–POINT LEAD WITH FOUR ENDS TO GO, STILL LOTS OF CURLING LEFT IN THIS FINAL. A REMIND TORE NIGHT ON HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, THE RED WINGS ARE IN TORONTO, TO MEET THE LEAFS FRESH FROM A 2-1 WIN DETROIT HAD ON THURSDAY NIGHT. THE OTTAWA SENATORS ARE HOME TO THE BUFFALO SABRES IN CANADA AND IN THE NIGHT CAP, CALGARY AT VANCOUVER FOLLOWED BY “AFTER HOURS” THE INTERACTIVE POSTGAME SHOW WITH SCOTT RUSSELL AND KELLY HRUDEY. TO THE SEVENTH END. DON.>>DON: A TWO-POINT SPREAD. NEWFOUNDLAND ON TOP.>>WAY OUT THERE.>>DON: AND THE STRATEGY ON THE PART OF MANITOBA IF THEY CAN’T STEAL ON THIS END TO GIVE UP ONE AND THEN COME BACK ON END EIGHT AND GET TWO OR MAYBE MORE. BUT THINGS DON’T ALWAYS WORK OUT AS PLANNED ON THE LAST END, AS MUCH AS MANITOBA HAD THINGS GOING THEIR WAY WHEN MARK NICHOLS GOT A BIT OF A BREAK. ■■A BIT OF A BREAK, BUT YOU KNOW, HALF INCH WIDER YOU WOULDN’T QUESTION IT, HALF INCH TIGHTER COULD HAVE COST THEM THREE POINTS YOU NEED ARE FEW GOOD BREAKS ALONG THE WAY TO WIN GAME LIKE THIS AND ALSO CREATE THEM TOO. THE MORE YOU PRACTICE THE LUCKIER YOU GET SOMETIMES.>>THERE IS STILL TIME IN THIS GAME. FOUR ENDS LEFT. LOTS OF MOMENTUM THAT CAN SWING AND SHOTS MADE AND MISSED.>>DON: THIS NEWFOUNDLAND TEAM HAS PLAYED ABOUT 50 GAMES THIS YEAR, AS A TEAM AND RUN ABOUT 15,000 DOLLARS ON T■■■■HE CIRCUIT.>>MIKE: THAT’S THE FIRST WE’VE SEEN THUS FAR IN THE GAME. SO PERHAPS THEY CAN SEE THE GOAL THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL AND THE ERVESS■■ MIGHT START TO KICK UP HERE IN THE LAST FEW ENDS.>>JOAN: AS A PLAYER YOU HAVE TO PLAY THE ENTIRE GAME. YOU CAN’T INK THAT YOU’VE WON IT EARLY, THINGS CAN GO WRONG IN A HURRY AND THE MOMENTUM CHANGES.>>MIKE: WE’LL SEE BRAD PLAY A LITTLE MORE DEFENSIVELY. MIKE LIKES TO REGROUP HERE AND PLAY A GOOD SHOT.>>A A LITTLE BIT BETTER.>>JOAN: THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT HE DID. A BIG MENTAL PREPARATION FOR THAT SHOT IS TO LET GO OF YOUR FIRST ONE. LET GO AND PREPARE FOR YOUR SECOND ONE. D.C. WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE YEARS OF SUCCESS MANITOBA HAS HAD AT THE BRIER LEVEL NOT REALLY REFLECTED IN JR. PLAY, ONLY FIVE TIMES HAS MANITOBA WON THE NATIONAL JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS THE LAST IN 1995.>>JOAN: HOW IMPORTANT IS PLACEMENT OF THIS GUARD, MIKE.>>MIKE: I THINK THEY MADE A MISTAKE ON THE FIRST ONE. THIS IS A GORN CORNER GUARD OFF THE CENTRE LINE SO, IF YOU’RE FROM NEWFOUNDLAND YOU NOT THAT CONCERN CANED, THE ONE ON THE CENTRE LINE IS THE ONE THAT’S GOING TO CAUSE YOU PROBLEMS AND YOU’LL SEE BRAD CONTINUE TO PEEL THAT AS YOU MOVE ON THROUGH THE END.>>JOAN: THERE’S A CHANCE OF GROUPING THOSE STONES, WHEN EVER YOU PUT THOSE TWO GUARD SITUATION THAT’S WHAT YOU COULD LEAD. EARLY I UNDERSTAND KAILTCATION IS HAMILTON HAS A GOOD SHOT AND HE DOES.>>96% FOR EVEN ENDS. HAS BEEN ON FIRE ALL GAME.>>ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS ABOUT BEING PART OF THE KARCHER JUNIORS CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP IS THE ENTHUSIASM OF THE CROWD. YOU JUST CAN’T BEAT IT. FILLED WITH OTHER JUNIOR PLAYERS AND PARENTS AND JUST IT’S A WONDERFUL ATMOSPHERE HERE.>>KELLY: THEY’VE BEEN TREATED WELL BY THE HOST COMMITTEE. AND MOST OF THE YOUNG CURL CANERS HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THE SHORT TRIP AND VIEW NIAGARA FALLS M.>>MIKE: GO AROUND ONE OF THESE GUARDS, I THINK MANITOBA PROBABLY MIGHT BE WISE TO GO AROUND THE GUARD. THEY’LL PROBABLY THROW ONE OR TWO MORE GUARDS.>>DON: MADE REFERENCE, THAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EASTERN AND WESTERN CURLERS. YOU WOULD REFER TO IT AS THE THIRD, WOULDN’T YOU JOAN.>>JOAN: I WAS JUST GOING TO EXPLAIN FOR EVERYBODY OUT WEST THAT WOULD BE THE THIRD.>>JOAN: THAT’S A GREAT COMMENT BY BRAD. THE IS THERE BUT WE’LL LEAVE THE SHOOTER AS A GUARD ANYWAY.>>MIKE: HE KNOWS THAT STONE OFF THE CENTRE LINE, ISN’T GOING TO HURT HIM. ALWAYS WILL HAVE A SHOT TO GET OUT. SWRX THE HIGH TORE GUARD THE EASIER IT IS TO COME AROUND. THE HIGH GUARD IS THE ONE HE WANTS TO GO AFTER. ú■>>JOAN: WITH THE COMPOSURE OF THESE CURLERS AND THE QUALITY OF SHOT MAKING, THEY’RE VERY, VERY LIKABLE BOTH TEAMS.>>DON: MIKE McEWEN WANTED NEUFELD’S STONE HIGHER AND HE GOT IT.>>MIKE: AND HERE’S BRAD SHOWING HIS EXPERIENCE. HE’S GOING AROUND. TRYING TO GET ONE AROUND TO THE TOP EIGHT FOOT. MAKING THE FIRST MOVE.>>JOAN: AND THE REASON HE’S DOING THAT SHE CAN’T DOUBLE PEEL THOSE ONES, EVEN IF HE DOES PEEL THE TOP ONE,@@ MANITOBA WILL JUST COME AROUND.>>BROOM, GUYS! OH, GET READY!>>MIKE: ONLY HAS TO GET ABOUT AN INCH BURIED TO MAKE A GOOD SHOT.>>THE YOUNG MAN FROM LABRADOR CITY COMES THROUGH WITH A FINE SHOT HERE ON END SEVEN. ONE OF THE SPECTATORS FROM NEWFOUNDLAND OBVIOUSLY YELL WITHING NICE SHOT.>>MIKE: THERE WAS A GOOD COME AROUND. THE ONLY THING THEY NEED TO ACCOMPLISH WAS NOT A ALLOW MANITOBA TO PLAY A HIT AND ROLL BURY, SO BY BURR RIG IT ONLY AN INCH OR TWO HAS FORCED McEWEN. AND THE WEIGHT CONTROL IS PERFECT AGAIN.>>HE WON’T GET ENOUGH TO REMOVE IT, OR WILL HE? NO, IT’S GOING TO HANG AROUND ON THE EDGE OF THE 12.>>IT’S A HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR NEWFOUNDLAND TO REALLY GET THIS GAME UNDER COROL.>>JOAN: MARK NICHOLS. YOU CAN SEE THE ICE THAT THEY’RE USING FOR THAT DRAW. MARK NICHOLS WENT IN, DID NOT MOVE VERY MUCH AT ALL.>>IT’S GOT CURL A TON. THE HIGHER THE BETTER. YOU WANT TO GO BACK HERE? WE CAN GO.>>NO. NO. LEAVE IT, LEAVE IT. HARD. SORRY GUYS.>>DON: WHEN EVER YOU’RE 96% YOU’RE GOING TO BE IN GOOD SHAPE.>>MIKE: THAT WAS A BIT OF A MISTAKE. DID LEAVE THE HIT AND ROLL. A GOOD THREE, FOUR FEET SHORTER.>>THANKS.>>ALREADY PLANNING FOR HIS NEXT SHOT AGAIN, ALWAYS ASSUME YOU’RE OPPOSITION ISN’T GOING TO MAKE THEIR SHOT.>>HARD! HARD!>>DON: OH, BOY. NAY REALLY HAD TO WORK ON THAT ONE AND THEY COULDN’T GET IT PAST THE GUARD. AND NOW, A CHANCE FOR NEWFOUNDLAND TO REALLY TAKE CONTROL. A DRAW FOR THREE.>>ALWAYS AN EASY SHOT WHEN YOU’RE UP TWO. THAN TO TAKE THREE.■■>>SLIGHTLY BRUSH IT. JUST CLEAN IT. SLIGHTLY BRUSH IT, ANYWAY. [LAUGHTER]>>DON: WELL NEWFOUNDLAND HAS ONLY SCORED ON THREE ENDS BUT THEY GOT A DEUCE IN THE FIRST, AND CAM BACK WITH ANOTHER TWO ON THE FOUR AND THEY GET THREE MORE HERE ON THE SEVENTH AND THEY HAVE TAKEN A COMMANDING FIVE–POINT LEAD WITH THREE ENDS REMAINING. YOUR TRUCK FOR SOME PLYWOOD. [Beep]: TIM, BUDDY,
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TO GET AWAY FROM.>>THERE’S THE LINE SCORER AS BRAD GUSHUE SCORES IN BUNCHES. TWO DEUCES AND A THREE IN SEVEN TO TAKE A 7-2 LEAD OVER MIKE McEWEN OF MANITOBA WITH THREE ENDS TO GO IN THIS JR. FINAL. DURING THE BREAK, ED McEWEN THE COACH FOR MANITOBA AND MIKE’S FATHER SAID YOU GUYS HAVE GOT TO GETTING AGGRESSIVE. ESPECIALLY AT THE THIRD POSITION WITH WITH DENNI NEW FELL. I JUST TALKED TO THE COACH OF THE NEWFOUNDLAND TEAM. I TOLD THEM CONTINUE GET NERVOUS WITH THREE ENDS TO GO.>>DON: AND MIKE McEWEN IS REFLECTING BACK STILL ON HIS LAST OF THE PREVIOUS END. BUT NOW HE HAS TO PUT THOSE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS OUT OF HIS MIND AND AS HIS FATHER ED WHO IS THE COACH, INSTRUCTED HIM. GETTING AGGRESSIVE. GET STONES INTO PLAY. AND HIS MOTHER CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL IN FOLLOWING THAT STRATEGY.>>JOAN: THIS IS JUST A SINKING FEELING YOU CAN READ THAT ALL OVER HIS FACE AND YOU FEEL BADLY FOR HIM. AND YOU’RE TRYING YOUR HARDEST.>>AND NO TIME IS TOO EARLY. EVEN BEFORE THE SHOT THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO RIGHT FROM THE GET GO AND HOPING AND THAT’S TOUGH.>>I STILL THINK THIS IS THE MOST DIFFICULT SHOT IN CURLING PLAYING THIS KICK.>>JOAN: I THINK IT’S ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT SHOTS IN CURLING. I THINK AS YOU SEE MORE PEOPLE PLAY AND THEY PLAY IT WITH MORE EXPERIENCE THEY’LL MAKE MORE OF IT.>>DON: BUT YOU HAVE TO GET SUCH A SMALL PORTION OF THE ROCK AND MOVE IT SUCH A SHORT DISTANCE.>>MIKE: IF YOU NEEDED TO MAKE IT, BEING UP FIVE, NO URGENCY TO MAKE THE SHOT THERE, I THINK IF YOU’RE TIED COMING HOME YOU MAY PLAY WITH BACK LINE WOULD BE ENOUGH, AND YOUR GOAL REALLY IS ONLY TO MOVE IT FURTHER OUTSIDE THAN IT IS NOW.>>WITH THIS TYPE OF PLEAD YOU PLAYED THAT AND JUST RUBBED IT AND LEFT TWO GUARDS THAT WOULD BE A VERY BAD THING.>>DON: FOR THOSE WHO MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH THE RULES OF CURLING, UNDER THE FREE GUARD ZONE THE FIRST TWO THREE ENDS — STONES OF THE END OUTSIDE THE RINGS CAN NOT BE REMOVED. IN THE RING THEY CAN BE, BUT OUTSIDE THE RINGS THEY CAN NOT BE.>>MIKE: NOW YOU’LL SEE BRAD RUN FOR THE HILLS, THE LAST FEW ENDS. I DON’T ANTICIPATE TOO MANY SHOTS FROM THE NEWFOUNDLAND GAME ON THE WAY HOME HERE.>>DON: THEY’RE GOING TO GET BOTH OF THEM. THIS YOUNG MAN HAS BEEN CURLING UP A STORM IN HIS FIRST NATIONAL JUNIOR EXPERIENCE. BRAD I THINK YOU’RE ASKING FOR A LITTLE TOO MUCH THERE.>>JOAN: I WOULD BE HAPPEN BY THE RESULT, WITH THE DOUBLE PEEL. THAT’S HUGE. IN THE EIGHTH END HERE AND JUST LIKE YOU SAID, PLAYING DEFENSE.>>EVEN IT OUT.>>YOU CAN THROW IT SO HARD AND SO ACCURATELY. ANY MOUND OF SEPARATION THAT IS WHEN THEY’RE NOT PARALLEL IT’S GOING TO BE YOU KNOW LEAVE A VERY GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR A DOUBLE.>>YEP. COME ON. RIGHT UP. GOOD.>>AND THAT DOUBLE CHANCE DOES EXIST. THE TOUGH UP WITH, BUT.>>THAT WOULD BE A TOUGH DOUBLE PEEL THE ROCKS ARE ALMOST PARALLEL.>>AND DOESN’T LOOK LIKE HE’S PLAYING. JUST FEEL RED STONE OUT OF THERE.>>ATTABOY, BRENT. A LITTLE BIT MARK.>>HE’S MY HERO. [LAUGHTER] KEEP IT SIMPLE. WE CAN GIVE UP TWO.>>DON: MIKE ADAMS BLOCKING IN FRONT OF THE SPECTATORS AND MAKING COMMENTS. IN REFERENCE TO BRENT HAMILTON. HE’S MY HERO.>>JOAN: MANY CURLERS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED SUCCESS HAVE ALSO EXPERIENCE SOMEDAY SORT OF DISAPPOINTMENT IS FEELING RIGHT NOW, WHERE THEY’RE DOWN IN A GAME IN A FINAL AND DIDN’T WANT TO BE THIS FAR DOWN. AND IT’S A REAL SINKING FEELING.>>MIKE: AND I KNOW THAT FEELING. IT’S TOUGH TO STAY POSITIVE, TOUGH TO STAY FOCUSED. THE THING IS YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER, YOU DON’T GET THESE OPPORTUNITIES VERY OFTEN. THIS MAY BE THEIR ONLY CHANCE, YOU DON’T LIKE SAYING THAT BUT YOU PULL OUT ALL THE STOP HERE’S IN THE LAST FEW I UNDERSTANDS AND NEED A BREAK OR TWO.>>JOAN: DEEP YOUR CHIN UP.>>MIKE: NEWFOUNDLAND GOT ONE THERE IN THE SIXTH END. HOPING FOR ONE OF THEIR OWN.>>TO THE DELIGHT OF THE SPECTATORS FROM NEWFOUNDLAND HERE IN ST. KATHERINE, AND FOR THOSE BACK AT THE ST. JOHN’S CURLING CLUB WHO WERE WATCHING OUR TELECAST, I’M SURE THEY’RE DELIGHTED WITH WHAT THEY’VE SEEN SO FAR IN THE WAY THESE FOUR YOUNG MEN HAVE CURLED IN THIS NATIONAL FINAL.>>AN INTERESTING CALL, THEY WANTED TO TAKE THREE POINTS HERE, THEY YOU KNOW IT’S ALMOST TOO LATE AT THIS STAGE OF THE END. PROBABLY COME AROUND WOULD BE THE SHOT. EVEN THEY DO MAKE THE GUARD HERE AND MAKE A NICE COME AROUND PROBABLY THE MOST THEY’LL GET IS TWO. I THINK MOST TEAMS WILL BE PLAYING COME AROUND THE LATE STAGE OF THIS GAME.>>JOAN: I AGREE. I THINK THE TIME HAS COME.>>CROWD LOOKING AT THE DOUBLE AGAIN.■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■R QUITE DIFFICULT DOUBLE PEEL. THROUGH IT VERY, VERY HARDCH.>>COME ON.>>DON: JUST ENOUGH.>>MIKE STILL GET THE FOUR ON THE SCORECARD FOR THAT ONE.>>JOAN: NEVER A DOUBT, NEVER A DOUBT IN MY MIND.>>DON: ALMOST CHANGED TURNS.>>MIKE: HE ONLY MISSED THE GUARD BY A SMALL AMOUNT AND THAT WAS COMPLETELY WIDE OPEN.>>BRAD GUSHUE HAS PARTICIPATED SIX TIMES IN THE KARCHER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS THE MOST APPEARANCES BY A SKIP, THE MOST APPEARANCES BY ANY. JUNIOR PET OR THE, AND HE HAS 37 WINS TO HIS CREDIT. 38 WOULD BE THE MOST IMPORTANT OF HIS CAREER. BUT THE SURE IS A SCRATCH GOLFER, FOUR TIMES HAS BEEN ON A NEWFOUNDLAND CUP TEAM. WON THE NEWFOUNDLAND AMATEUR ON ONE OCCASION, 1999. THREE TIMES WON THE NEWFOUNDLAND JR. CHAMPIONSHIP. AND FOR HIS FATHER RAY, THESE ARE ANXIOUS MOMENTS THESE FINAL FEW ENDS OF THIS NATIONAL JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.>>MIKE: HAPPILY ANXIOUS I THINK, BEING UP FIVE NOT AS NERVE RACKING AS THE GAME. BUT THEY KNOW THEY’VE STILL GOT A LOT OF CURLING TODAY. MIKE REALLY NEEDS A SHOT HERE.>>DON: ED McEWEN THE COACH OF THE MANITOBA TEAM AND JEFF THOMAS THE COACH OF THE NEWFOUNDLAND RINK.>>JOAN: IT’S ALWAYS DIFFICULT AS A PARENT TO WATCH YOUR CHILD, BUT AS A COACH, IT MUST BE REALLY HARD.>>McEWEN DISPOINTED IN WHAT SHE HAS BEEN WITNESSING THUS FAR.>>JOAN: REALLY UNLUCKY FOR CHRIS AND MIKE THAT THEY THREW BOTH OF THEIR DRAWS PERFECT WEIGHT AND HAVE THEIR GUARD IN A SPOT WHERE THEY’RE NOT SEEING A LOT OF FINISH.>>DON: WELL FOR MAUREEN GUSHUE. SHE HAD HAS THE CHANCE TO APPLAUD A LOT OF FINE SHOT MAKING BY HER SON IN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. BRAD WAS TELL US THAT HE WAS REALLY DISAPPOINTED BY WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR IN MONCTON. HE THOUGHT ABOUT THAT SHOT MANY TIMES, REP■■LAYED IT OVER AND OVER IN HIS MIND BUT HE ALSO FELT HE HAD EXERCISED THOSE DEMONS COMING INTO THIS YEAR’S CHAMPIONSHIPS.>>JOAN: YOU PRETTY MUCH HAVE TO. YOU CAN’T CARRY THAT FORWARD WITH YOU IF YOU WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL. LIKE I SAID EARLIER, IT’S A DREAM FOR BRAD TO BE HERE AND ERASE THAT MEMORY, WIN OR■■ FIN■■■■■■ HE ■■WILL BE ABLE TO REPLACE IT WITH ANOTHER EXPERIENCE.>>DON: THE ONLY OTHER TIME THAT NEWFOUNDLAND HAS WON A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WON THE BRIER IN 1976. SO IT’S A SINGLE POINT ON NUMBER EIGHT FOR MANITOBA. BRAD GUSHUE WILL HAVE LAST ROCK INTO END NINE LEADING JESS: Hello.
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I THINK MIKE AND I COULD TELL YOU MANY STORIES OF PEOPLE OVERCOMING A DEFICIT LIKE THIS AND COMING BACK TO WIN THE GAME.>>MIKE: STAY IN THE PRESENT. FOUR UP A GREAT SPOT TO BE IN, BUT YOU’VE GOT A LITTLE BIT OF WORK TO DO.>>MIKE IS SWITCHING AROUND HIS ROCK THAMT HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE NUMBER.>>DON: THEY WANTED HIM TO USE THE FIVE EARLIER AN THAT’S THE ROCK HE WENT TO.>>JOAN: I THINK HE’S DECIDED THAT THE FIVE MOVED A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN THE FOUR.>>HARD! HARD! GOOD TRY.>>DON: THIS SOMEONE GOING TO MOVE TOO MUCH.>>JOAN: YOU’VE GOT TO BE ABLE YOU DON’T SET UP THE DOUBLE PEEL. IF THERE’S A DOUBLE PEEL THERE THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE IT.>>MIKE: THEY DIDN’T GET THE STONE OVER FAR ENOUGH. IT WASN’T SO MUCH THE WEIGHT, BUT THEY COULD HAVE TAKEN A LOT LESS ICE AND GOT THAT STONE ANOTHER TWO OR THREE FEET OVER TO THE SIDE.>>DON: AT THE LEAD POSITION, MANITOBA’S NOLAN THIESSENS THAT EDGE ON MIKE ADAM. THE OTHER THREE SPOTS IS ALL NEWFOUNDLAND.>>OOH.>>MIKE, MIKE! SOMEONE PAY ATTENTION TO ME. THERE’S NO NEED FOR THAT WAIT. IT’S TOO BIG.>>MIKE: A BIT OF THE FOCUS WE WERE TALKING ABOUT. GETTING A LITTLE PUMPED UP. GET BACK INTO THE GAME. AND YOU JUST KNOW MANITOBA IS GOING TO MAKE EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW.>>JOAN: AND THEY DO CAN LOOK VERY FOCUSED. THEY WANT TO MAKE SOME SHOTS. THEY’VE BEEN STRUGGLING ALL GAME AND THEY DO WANT TO COME OUT OF THIS FEELING LIKE THEY HAVE GIVEN IT TEIR BEST SHOT.>>A GREAT WEIGHT BY GEORDIE.>>DON: THE STONES HAVE CAUSED THE BIGGEST PROBLEM FOR NEWFOUNDLAND ARE THE TWO ROCKS THE SIDE OF THE CENTRE LINE. GOT ONE, HE’S GOT THEM BOTH!>>JOAN: WONDERFUL. THIS IS FANTASTIC. FOR BRENT HAMILTON. THE NUMBERS SAY IT ALL THERE, MIKE. 98%.>>MIKE: COULDN’T QUITE GET IT GOING IN THIS GAME. HE’S PLAYING UNBELIEVABLY WITH. AND GOING ROOKIE ON THE TEAM HE’S HOLDING HIS OWN VERY, VERY WELL.>>JOAN: MIKE ADAM CAME DOWN AND SAID THANKS, BUDDY, YOU BAILED ME OUT. AND THAT’S A GOOD SIGN, APPRECIATING YOU MISSED YOUR SHOT AND SOMEBODY CAN SUCK IT UP FOR YOU.>>DON: HARGREAVES GUARDING THE STONE AND THE GUARD THE ONE GUSHUE WANTS REMOVED BY BRENT HAMILTON.>>JOAN: VERY FRUSTRATING AGAIN FOR TEAM MANITOBA WHEN THEY HAVE THINGS LOOKING GOOD, AND THEY HAVE THINGS SET UP AND THEY’RE GETTING A LITTLE GLIMMER OF HOPE TO GET IT OUT AGAIN.>>OH, BOY.>>JOAN: AN UNFORTUNATE TICK, THAT STONE CAUGHT SOME DEBRIS.>>DON: YEAH IT’S BEEN THAT KIND OF DAY WHEN YOU LOOK BACK ON SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED. YOU ALMOST SEEM AS THOUGH DECEMBERMY MAY HAVE BEEN RIDING ON THE NEWFOUNDLAND TEAM SHOULDERS, THEY GOT A BREAK ON THE SIXTH END WHEN IT LOOKED AS THOUGH MANITOBA MAY HAVE HAD SOMETHING GOING IN A BATTLE TO FIGHT.>>THEY’RE THE ONES THAT HAVE BEEN TAKING THE PLAY TOO. MANITOBA THE ENTIRE GAME RIGHT FROM THE FIRST, RIGHT FROM THE GET-GO.>>JOAN: AND YOU KNOW MANITOBA, THEIR STOMACH IS CHURNING AND THEY’RE NOT FEELING VERY GOOD ABOUT THAT WHOLE EXPERIENCE. AND I USED TO HATE IT WHEN WE WERE LOSING IN THESE KINDS OF GAMES, SOMEBODY TOLD ME THIS, I’LL SAY IT, IT DOES BUILD CHARACTERNER A CANADIAN JUNIOR FINAL THERE’S A TON OF PEOPLE THAT WOULD MAKE ANYTHING TO MAKE IT THAT FAR AND EVENTUALLY WHEN THEY GET OVER THE WAY THE GAME HAS GONE HEY WILL LOOK BACK AND SAY THIS EXPERIENCE WILL HELP ME BE A BETTER PLAYER.>>MIKE: AT THIS POINT YOU START COUNTING STONES IF YOU’RE TEAM NEWFOUNDLAND. YOU KNOW YOU’RE UP FOUR. NOTHING IN PLAY.>>YOU LOVE THAT WORD CLEAN. JUST LOVE THAT WORD. MEANS EVERYTHING IS LOOKING GREAT.>>MIKE: MIKE ADAM MIGHT HAVE HELPED THINGS OUT. AND THE GUYS ARE REALLY FOCUSED AGAIN YOU CAN SEE THEY’RE NOT SMILING QUITE AS MUCH AS THEY WERE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE END.>>FIRST ONE WAS PRETTY GOOD TOO.>>DON: THAT WAS A GOOD MOVE BY BRAD GUSHUE. SHOWS HIS EXPERIENCE WHERE HE CALLS MIKE DOWN AN GOT ALL FOUR TEAM MEMBERS TOGETHER AND SAID HEY, YOU KNOW, DON’T THROW TOO MUCH WEIGHT HERE.>>IT’S OVER. IT’S OVER. CLEAN IT.>>JOAN: YOU CAN HEAR THE APPLAUSE, THE PEOPLE ARE REALLY WANTING MANITOBA TO PLAY WITH. THEY’RE REALLY ENCOURAGING THEM.>>MIKE: I DON’T THINK PEOPLE WEARING RED AND WHITE ARE.>>DON: THAT’S THE GROUP OF FANS FROM NEWFOUNDLAND AND THERE’S A LARGE CONTINGENT OF THEM HERE.>>DON: GUSHUE HASN’T SKIPPED IN 196 HAD A 5-7 RECORD. IN 98 HAD A 4 AND 8 RECORD. IN 99 AN 8 AND 4 RECORD. LOST THE SEMIFINALS, AND LAST YEAR AN EXTRA END LOSS TO BRAD COON OF BRITISH COLUMBIA. THE ONLY TIME HE HAS NOT REPRESENTED NEWFOUNDLAND WAS IN 1997. HIS FIRST TRIP TO THE JUNIORS WAS 95. WE ASKED WHAT HAPPENED IN ’97 AND HE WOUND UP LOSING TO A GUY WHO USED TO BE ON HIS TEAM.>>THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT WHO GETS THE THROW THE LAST STONE IN THE AGAINth — TENTH END.>>MIKE: UP FIVE WITHOUT, UP FOUR WITH. WHAT’S YOUR PREFERENCE, JOAN, I THINK EITHER ONE IS PRETTY GOOD.>>JOAN: MY PREFERENCE WOULD BE UP FIVE WITHOUT.>>DON: AND THAT’S SEEMS TO BE WHAT BRAD GUSHUE THINKS AS WELL. UP 5 WITHOUT THEY MIGHT NOT THRO ANYMORE STONES.>>HARD! HARD! HARD!>>SO IT’S A PICK U.N. OF ONE ON END NUMBER NINE. AND A VERY COMFORTABLE POSITION FOR NEWFOUNDLAND,>>DON: THIS WAS THE SCENE ONE YEAR AGO IN MONCTON THE ANGUISH WRITTEN ALL OVER THE FACE OF BRAD GUSHUE. HAD THE LAST ROCK IN THE EXTRA END. ALL HE NEEDED WAS TO DRAW TO THE EIGHT FOOT AND COULDN’T MAKE IT. MIKE GETTING A HUG IF HIS DAD, BRUCE ADAMS AS TEARS FLOWED BUT THIS IS THE SCENE ONE YEAR LATER HERE IN ST. CATHARINES. THE NEWFOUNDLAND TEAM IS PUMPED UP WITH AN 8-3 LEAD, ONE END TO GO AND BRUCE ADAM IS TAKING HIS TEAM TO WATCH HISTORY IN THE MAKING AS NEWFOUNDLAND TRYING TO BIN ITS FIRST JUNIOR CURLING TITLE. THERE HAS BEEN SO MUCH DISAPPOINTMENT OVER THE YEARS, FOR SEVERAL TEAMS FROM NEWFOUNDLAND, IN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, WHEN THEY HAVE BEEN ON THE CUSP OF PERHAPS WINNING. LAST YEAR OF COURSE, THE BEST OPPORTUNITY OF THE JUNIOR LEVEL FOR BRAD GUSHUE AND THE DISPOMENT OF THE EXTRA END, BUT FIVE UPSETTING HOME, GUARANTEES ALL BUT GUARANTEES THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE PROVINCE OF NEWFOUNDLAND.>>MIKE: THERE MAY BE MORE TEAR THIS YEAR. TEARS OF HAPPINESS.>>JOAN: FROM ME ALONE. I FIND IT VERY EMOTIONAL WATCHING CANADIAN FINALS. IT BRINGS BACK TOO MANY MOMORIES. YOU KNOW IT’S A VERY EMOTIONAL SPORT WHEN IT GETS TO THIS POINT. CANADIAN FINAL.>>DON: ONE OF THE MOST EXCITED PEOPLE FROM NEWFOUNDLAND MAY BE BOB COAL AS HE SITS IN HIS HOTEL ROOM IN TORONTO GETTING SET TO CALL THE GAME BETWEEN THE MAPLE LEAFS AND RED WINGS. HE WAS A BRIER CURL CANER AND A GREAT GIRLING TAN. — CURLING FAN.>>DON: MIKE SAID TO HIS TEAMMATES I’M SAVING THE TIP FOR THE TENTH END.>>JOAN: AND MANITOBA ONCE AGAIN, NEEDING TO MAINTAIN COMPOSURE. YOU KNOW, THINGS WERE LOOKING VERY, VERY GOOD FOR THEM, AND MANY TIMES IN THIS GAME AND NEWFOUNDLAND HAS JUST BEEN UNBEATABLE.>>ALL THREE GUYS ARE GOING TO BE IN THE 90s WHICH IS UNBELIEVABLE AT THIS LEVEL, AS YOU SAY THEY WERE UNBEATABLE. THEY PLAYED AN AWESOME GAME. BRENT WASN’T IN THE 90s, HE’S AT 100%.>>JOAN: THAT’S WHAT THE BONUS IS. I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE AT HOME WILL SAY I SAW HIM AT THE HALF SHOT.>>JOAN: IN CURLING PERCENTAGES YOU GET BONUS REALLY DIFFICULT SHOTS THAT ARE MADE. CAN’T HELP BUT FEEL BADRY FOR THIS MANITOBA TEAM, AND AS THEY TRY TO MAINTAIN COMPOSURE.>>AND TWO MORE BEHIND, GET THINGS OVER WITH HERE, SO, GOING TO BE THIRD, GET TO THROW THE LAST STONE.>>MIKE: GREAT PERFORMANCE, 100% FOR THE GAME. BRENT HAMILTON. THAT MAY BE A FIRST IN A CANADIAN JUNIOR FINAL.>>JOAN: IN ANY.>>MIKE: ANY FINAL.>>JOAN: ANY FINAL, I CAN’T THINK OF THAT EVER HAPPENED. MIKE McEWEN OF COURSE TO USE THAT EXTREME CORNER GUARD.■■>>JOAN: GREAT SHOT.>>DON: THE EDGE OF THE 12, AND NOW MARK NICHOLS HAS AN OPPORTUNITY, WELL WITH, HE’S GOING TO TAKE A RUN AT THAT GUARD RATHER THAN AN ATTEMPT TO GO AFTER THE STONE THAT’S ON THE EDGE OF THE 12.>>JOAN: THAT WAS JUST A GREAT SHOT.0>>DON: NOW THERE IS NO COVER. ALL MANITOBA CAN DO IS PUT A STONE IN THE RINGS AND THEY HAVE TO HOPE FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE MISSES AND THAT’S NOT LIKELY TO HAPPEN.>>JOAN: I WOULD AGREEMENT. CHANCES ARE, BUT YOU NEED TO KEEP PLAYING UNTIL YOU RUN OUT OF STONES.>>DON: ONE COULD READ THE THOUGHTS OF BRAD GUSHUE RIGHT NOW.>>JOAN: I DON’T THINK THAT WAS THE CALL. I THINK HE WAS TAKING HIS OWN MIKE WAS ACTUALLY LOOKING TO SPLIT THE HOUSE.>>DON: MIKE McEWEN HAS ALREADY REMOVED HIS GLOVES GETTING READY TO SHAKE HANDS TO CONGRATULATE THE NEW CANADIAN JUNIOR MEN’S CURLING CHAMPIONS.■■ BRAD GUSHUE PUMPING HIS FISTS IN THE AIR. IT’S ALL OVER. NEWFOUNDLAND WIN WITHS IT BY A SCORE OF 8-3, THE FIRST EVER NATIONAL JR. CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THAT AND ONLY THE SECOND NATIONAL TITLE, WIN THE BRIER IN 1976. THE MOST EXPERIENCED JUNIOR COMPETITOR OF ALL-TIME, BRAD GUSHUE. LEADS HIS TEAM TO VICTORY HERE IN ST. CATHARINES. AND THAT CERTAINLY ATONES FOR THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF A YEAR AGO IN MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK. SO GUSHUE AND COMPANY WILL NOW GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO REPRESENT CANADA AND CURL ON THE ICE THAT WILL BE USED FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN 2002. WHEN THEY PARTICIPATE IN THE 2001 WORLD JR. CURLING CHAMPIONSHIPS.>>DON: A DIFFERENT SCENE FROM A YEAR AGO WHEN THERE WERE TEARS OF CONDOLENCE, THIS YEAR TEARS OF HAPPINESS FOR BRAD GUSHUE AND HIS

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