Kelly Knapp and his team from the Highland Curling Club in Regina will represent Saskatchewan at the Tim Hortons Brier after defeating Steve Laycock and his rink from the Swift Current Curling Club 5-4 in the final of the SaskTel Tankard in Estevan on Sunday.
After the first two ends were blanked, Knapp took a single with hammer in the third end before Laycock two in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. Knapp scored one in the fifth to tie it up at the break, and then Laycock picked up a single to take a 3-2 lead after six. After the seventh end was blanked, Knapp picked up two eighth to take the lead again before Laycock tied it up with a single in the ninth. On his last stone, Knapp made an open takeout to score one in the tenth and win his first Tankard.
Team Knapp will look to win Saskatchewan's first Canadian men's curling championship since 1980 at the Tim Hortons Brier in London, Ontario, from March 3 to 12.
Thiubault, Kesslering fall in U18 opener
The Cara Kesslering team from Saskatoon, with Swift Current’s Aryn Thibault playing second, fell 14-2 to Nova Scotia’s Sophie Blades in the opening game of the Canadian Under-18 Championship in Timmins, Ontario on Sunday. Kesslering faces Myla Platt of Alberta in their only game of the day Monday morning.