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Bruce Korte lines up a shot for his rink during the championship game at Moose Jaw Cash Spiel on Sunday afternoon at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
Going undefeated in a competitive tour event is never an easy task, but when a team is clicking, good things can happen.
A lot of good fortunes occurred for the Saskatoon-based Bruce Korte rink over the weekend, as they claimed the $2,300 top prize and the Moose Jaw Cash Spiel title on Sunday afternoon.
The Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre held the Sask Men’s Curling Tour Spiel over the weekend that saw 16 teams from around the province compete for the top prize and Canadian Team Ranking System (CRTS) points.
The championship game came down to two perfect teams, Korte and Jamie Schneider’s rink from Regina. Both teams were 4-0 when they met in the final.
Korte played an aggressive style of game, scoring points in the third, fourth ends and three points in the seventh end. Schneider’s rink was held pointless until the sixth end, losing 5-1.
“Anytime you can go through an event without a loss and play pretty consistent as a team and come through on top…we are pretty excited about that,” said Korte.
Little tweaks and changes can help a team stay focused and upbeat during a short competition like this in a short amount of time. What worked for Korte’s rink was communication and teamwork.
“I think we had good teamwork and if somebody missed a shot, somebody else would come back with something that saved us,” he stated. “We never really had a bad end that put us in trouble.”
For the Schneider, it was a strong performance, pulling out wins over tough competitors, but seemed to run into some problems against Korte.
“The ice is quite sensitive and you can look back on a lot of shots and think that we either made it or missed it…tonight, we were just a little bit on the wrong edge,” Schneider said. “Bruce played well. He played simple and well. Once you get behind him, it is hard.”
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