Adam Casey and veteran Glenn Howard earned berths into the Tim Hortons Brier on Sunday after victories in their respective provincial championships.
Casey’s Regina-based rink won their first Saskatchewan men’s curling championship by shocking three-time defending champion Steve Laycock of Saskatoon 11-3 in the final.
Casey is originally from Seven Mile Bay, P.E.I., but joined the Saskatchewan team last May. It will be his sixth consecutive Brier â€” only the fifth player in Brier history to win titles in three provinces or territories â€” after skipping the last two for Prince Edward Island. Casey won three straight provincial titles with Newfoundland and Labrador while playing second for Brad Gushue.
Casey’s team of vice-skip Catlin Schneider, second Shaun Meachem and lead Dustin Kidby scored three in the first and third ends and stole a crushing three in the fourth to take control of the game.
Howard, of Penetanguishene, Ont., got past Wayne Tuck Jr.’s team from Brantford 8-6 in the Ontario final. It was his 17th Brier Purple Heart, which adds to the record that he already owns.
The four-time Brier and world champion also owns the record for games played at the Brier with 206.
Howard’s team is rounded out by vice-skip Richard Hart, second David Mathers and lead Scott Howard.
The 2017 Brier takes place from March 4-12 in St. John’s, N.L.
The Canadian Press