Kamloops curling to be well-represented at Brier, Scotties

Kamloops rep'd at nationals

There will be no shortage of Kamloops content when Canada's best curlers enter a Calgary bubble later this year to play for the country's top prizes.

With provincial playdowns cancelled across much of Canada due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many provincial associations were left to pick who to send — and that means Kamloops will be well represented.

Kamloops’ Team Brown, last year's B.C. champions, will represent the province at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, slated for Feb. 19 to Feb. 28 in Calgary.

On the men's side, Kamloops' Matt Dunstone and his team will represent Saskatchewan at the Tim Horton’s Brier, scheduled for March 5 to March 14, also in Calgary.

Dunstone's squad represented Saskatchewan at the 2020 Brier. Curling officials in the prairie province announced Thursday playdowns would not take place, meaning Team Dunstone gets another kick at the can after coming up one win short of a berth last year in the Brier final.

Though they are happy to be heading back to Nationals, Erin Pincott of Team Brown and Dunstone, her boyfriend and Saskatchewan's skip, both admit this one is a little bitter sweet.

“Having that high of winning, getting to celebrate with your team, you know, so many emotions — and feeling like all your hard work paid off in that moment — makes it definitely a different feeling," Pincott tells Castanet Kamloops.

Dunstone and Pincott have not played competitively since November, but are lucky enough to have had some time on the ice — something not many curlers can say.

Three of the four members of Team Brown live in Kamloops, so they've been practicing together at McArthur Island Curling Centre. Dunstone, on the other hand, has had to get reps in on his own, two provinces away from his teammates.

"I'm used to being the odd one out with the other three over in Regina, so I've kind of figured out my own practice plans," Dunstone says.

Dunstone said he is in negotiations with the provinces to see if the team will be able to practice together before heading to the Brier.

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