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BREAKING: Casey off to Brier

Adam Casey 
Adam Casey 

TISDALE, Sask. – Adam Casey is headed to the Tim Hortons Brier.

The Casey-skipped rink defeated defending-champion Steve Laycock 11-3 in the winner-take-all final of the Saskatchewan Tankard provincial men’s curling championship on Sunday afternoon. Casey, third stone Catlin Schneider, second stone Shaun Meachem and lead Dustin Kidby will represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian men’s curling championship in St. John’s, N.L., from March 4 to 12.
Casey, who grew up in Seven Mile Bay and is a product of the junior program at the Silver Fox in Summerside, now resides in Winsloe. With teams in Saskatchewan allowed one player who does not reside in the province, Casey joined the rink for the 2016-17 season.
Casey completed play in the 16-team event with a record of 7-1 (won-lost) while Laycock finished 5-2. Both of Laycock’s losses came to Casey, including an 8-5 decision in Saturday night’s one-versus-two Page playoff game in which the winner advanced directly to the final.
Laycock edged Bruce Korte 7-6 in an extra end in Sunday morning’s semifinal.

The Casey-skipped rink defeated defending-champion Steve Laycock 11-3 in the winner-take-all final of the Saskatchewan Tankard provincial men’s curling championship on Sunday afternoon. Casey, third stone Catlin Schneider, second stone Shaun Meachem and lead Dustin Kidby will represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian men’s curling championship in St. John’s, N.L., from March 4 to 12.
Casey, who grew up in Seven Mile Bay and is a product of the junior program at the Silver Fox in Summerside, now resides in Winsloe. With teams in Saskatchewan allowed one player who does not reside in the province, Casey joined the rink for the 2016-17 season.
Casey completed play in the 16-team event with a record of 7-1 (won-lost) while Laycock finished 5-2. Both of Laycock’s losses came to Casey, including an 8-5 decision in Saturday night’s one-versus-two Page playoff game in which the winner advanced directly to the final.
Laycock edged Bruce Korte 7-6 in an extra end in Sunday morning’s semifinal.

Three-enders
In the championship game, Casey jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first end with hammer. After Laycock got one point back in the second, Casey scored another three in the third end and then stole three in the fourth end to open up a commanding 9-1 lead. Laycock made it 9-2 at the fifth-end break, and added another single point in the seventh. Casey counted a deuce in the eighth that led to handshakes.
Casey, who lost the A section final to Laycock 6-5 in an extra end on Friday, bounced back with an 8-5 win over Jason Jacobsen on Friday night and an 11-3 decision over Kurt Hartung on Saturday morning before defeating Laycock in the A final.
Against Hartung, Casey scored six in the seventh end to put the game out of reach and handshakes.
Another big end proved to be the difference against Laycock on Saturday night. Trailing 5-4, Casey counted three in the eighth end to take a 7-5 lead, and stole a single point in the ninth.
The Eddie MacKenzie rink from the Charlottetown Curling Complex recently earned P.E.I.’s berth at the Brier.

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