Steve Laycock and his rink from Saskatoon will not be around at the Tim Hortons Brier this weekend as the Page Playoffs begin.
Laycock needed two wins and some help on Friday. While Ontario’s John Epping provided Laycock with some of that help by beating Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher in the afternoon draw, Team Saskatchewan could not come through as they were beaten 6-4 by Mike McEwen and his wild-card team.
In the evening draw, Laycock sent the Brandt Centre fans that had come to cheer him on all week home happy as they beat Nova Scotia’s Jamie Murphy to finish 7-5.
Laycock reflected on the week saying it was one where the end result wasn’t what they desired, but he had no complaints.
“With the start we had, we made it tough on ourselves.” Laycock said. “We started 0-2 and made the odds of us making the championship round pretty low, but we found a way and battled back and made it exciting at the end.”
While it didn’t end the way the Laycock rink wanted it to, third Kirk Muyres says it was an experience he won’t forget.
“This was the best curling experience of my life,” Muyres said with a smile on his face. “This was everything I could ask for. The building was full, they cheered everything and brought the energy up. It was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had.”
The Page Playoffs will begin Saturday afternoon with the 3-4 game. It will see Bottcher go against Brad Jacobs of Northern Ontario starting at 2. At 7, the 1-2 game between Epping and Brad Gushue will go on with the winner advancing to Sunday night’s final. The loser of the game will meet the winner of the Bottcher-Jacobs game in the semi-final on Sunday afternoon.