Morris punches ticket to Kamloops Brier
John Morris is off to his seventh Brier - his first representing BC.
Morris and his rink from the Kelowna and Vernon curling clubs defeated Jason Montgomery of Victoria 11-2 in Sunday's BC Championship final in Vancouver.
The Okanagan foursome of Morris (skip and throwing third rocks), Jim Cotter (throwing fourth stones), second Rick Sawatsky and lead Tyrell Griffith took control of the game from the opening end.
Cotter made a perfect come around with his first rock of the first end to lay two buried. When Jody Epp was light with his final rock Cotter followed his first rock into the four foot to score three.
Montgomery had a chance to get back into it with an open hit for two in the second, however, he was unable to hold the shooter and picked up just a single.
After a deuce in three and a steal of one more in the fourth, the end result was no longer in doubt.
Cotter put an exclamation point on the win in the seventh. He made an up-weight triple with his first rock, spilling all three Montgomery stones and leaving himself lying three.
After Epp was wide with an attempt to freeze to shot rock, Cotter made no mistake with an open hit for four.
Morris says all the hard work in the off-season getting used to a new team has paid off.
"We've put a lot of hard work in starting in the summer," says Morris.
"It's probably one of the hardest years I've ever had to work because of the dynamic - we haven't really played together. It's starting to pay dividends. I can see a lot of potential with this team."
With 17 provincial Purple Hearts on their resume (Morris 7, Cotter 4, Sawatsky 4, Griffith 2) Morris and company enter next month's Brier as one of the early favourites.
"If we play like we did this week I think we're going to have a heck of a week and hopefully sneak into the playoffs," Morris says.
The Brier berth is a consolation prize for Morris who lost the final of the Olympic Trials to Brad Jacobs.
The Tim Hortons Brier will be held in Kamloops starting March 1.
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