The first day of the Canada Cup of Curling sees two rinks tied at 2-0 for first place on both the men’s and women’s side.
On the men’s side, Brad Jacobs and John Epping lead the way after three draws. Jacobs defeated Brad Gushue 8-4 and Kevin Koe 9-5 in what was an impressive day for his foursome while Epping knocked off Brandon Bottcher 7-5 in the morning draw before knocking off Reid Carruthers 6-3 in the afternoon draw.
Jacobs comes to Estevan with a new lineup, but it was something that didn’t bother him during the opening day.
“I certainly didn’t expect this.” Jacobs admitted. “I think you come into a day like this hoping to bring your “A” game and we certainly did. I thought we played fantastic against Brad. To come out and play back-to-back games like that is something to be proud of. You can’t ask for a better start.
Jacobs is using Marc Kennedy at third this week as his usual third, Ryan Fry, takes some time off. He knows what Kennedy brings to the table having played against him, but he says he learned a lot from him as a teammate.
“You know what to expect from him as a shooter and an opponent because we have played him so much in the past, but you don’t know what t expect from him personality-wise.” Jacobs said. “It’s been awesome getting to know him. He really fits in well with the guys and we’ve obviously started well.”
Regina’s Matt Dunstone did not get off to a good start as his squad lost to both Gushue and Koe by scores of 7-4 and 9-6.
On the women’s side of the draw, Jennifer Jones and Casey Schiedigger are the leaders. Jones and her Winnipeg rink beat Chelsea Carey 7-5 and Darcy Robertson 9-7 while Schiedigger and her rink from Lethbridge got past Rachel Homan 7-5 and Laura Walker 6-3.
Three more draws will go on Thursday starting at 9 AM.
The finals in both go Sunday with the winners getting the first spot to the 2021 Olympic Curling Pre-Trials