OAKVILLE, Ont. – Adam Casey of Seven Mile Bay began a new chapter in his curling career on Thursday.
Casey, after playing the past few years with Brad Gushue in St. John’s, N.L., is skipping his own team on P.E.I. this season. Casey, third stone Josh Barry, second stone Anson Carmody and lead Robbie Doherty opened play in the 2014 Stu Sells Oakville Tankard with a pair of close losses. Jake Walker of Brampton, Ont., scored a single point with last-rock advantage in the final eighth end to edge Casey 6-5, and John Epping of Toronto took advantage of the hammer to score a three-ender three in the fourth end and a pair of deuces en route to a 7-5 victory.
“We are really looking forward to this season,” said Casey in an interview with the Journal Pioneer on Thursday morning. “Obviously, there are a lot of differences, changes and new guys.
“I didn’t know Josh as well as the other two to begin with, but we are all starting to click.”
World Curling Tour
The 2014 Stu Sells Oakville Tankard is part of the World Curling Tour, and includes 30 men’s teams and 25 women’s rinks. The men are playing for $30,000 in prize money while there is $24,000 up for grabs on the women’s side.
First game action
Although the Casey rink attended a curling academy at the APM Centre in Cornwall last month, the Oakville Tankard marks their first game action.
“For us, we want to focus on our performances, make sure we do the little things and getting our team systems and team dynamics figured out will be big steps for us too,” said Casey.
It’s a busy year for the Casey rink, which will compete in the Curl Atlantic championship in Charlottetown next weekend. They are also scheduled to compete in events in Brockville, Ont.; Halifax, N.S.; Toronto, Ont., and Gatineau, Que.
“We are just on the outside looking in on the Grand Slams and a few other events, so we want to make sure we earn enough points to get into those.”