Great field set for Sask. curling provincials in Shaunavon
The Joel Jordison rink hasn’t been ‘lighting the world on fire’, but they are one of the top 16 teams playing for a spot at the Tim Hortons’ Brier.
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Joel Jordison delivers a stone at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre.
Moose Jaw skip, Jordison along with Regina’s Jason Ackerman, Brent Goeres and Curtis Horwath are headed to Shaunavon later this week to compete at the SaskTel Tankard curling championship.
“We have been together for the better part of two seasons now,” stated Jordison. “I’d say if there was ever a time to be going in feeling good about what we are doing, it is probably now. This is probably the best we have played as a unit over the last couple of months.”
This team has worked hard last year to get to this point.
“Last year, we did a lot of work with deliveries and releases. We were trying to get everybody throwing the same. It took quite a bit of tinkering for it to come around so that we were all doing the same thing,” explained Jordison. “This year, we didn’t focus on that near as much, as I thought at the end of last year, we accomplished what we were setting out to do.”
This year was all about putting in the practice needed to win more games and it has paid off.
“We started to come together, as far as the wins go, in mid-November up until now,” said Jordison.
The team qualified through the C-event at the Southern Playdowns last weekend in their home rink, the Highland Curling Club in Regina. It would have been nice for them to qualify through an easier route, but the team was happy to get it accomplished.
“Everyone has seen it as one of the steps,” he stated. “Like qualifying, it was just another weekend done with and now it is time to move on to the next step. It is just part of the progression.”
The team doesn’t feel like it has one major strength, but more well-rounded. They hope that helps them this week when facing some challenging competition.
“We are playing a wide variety of teams and everybody is playing a very high level. For us, we just try and do everything reasonably well or better,” said Jordison. “We can play different styles if needed, depending on who we are playing against.”
All the best teams in the province will be at the Tankard, including defending champions Brock Virtue, as well as Bruce Korte and Steve Laycock.
“It will be a great challenge and have some fun with it,” said Jordison. “It is good to play against the best teams.”
The Jordison team was ranked 11th out of 16 teams in the pre-tournament rankings and will open the tournament against Randy Bryden’s rink from Regina.
“I would say we are viewed as the underdogs by most and I think that is probably fair, given how we have performed over the last couple of years,” he said. “Everybody there is there to win it, so (with) that being said, I think the first thing is to play solid enough into one of the event finals, which will give you a chance to make the playoffs. Once you get into the playoffs, anything can happen.”
Other Moose Jaw connections at the Tankard include Brent Gedak (Estevan) and his second is Derek Owens. Brock Montgomery is third on Josh Heidt’s team as well.
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