No golden touch for Gushue at Tim Hortons Invitational at Brantford

[photopress:527310_thumbnail_gushue_brad.jpg,full,alignleft]Brad Gushue and his rink from Newfoundland were no doubt the favourites heading into yesterday’s World Curling Tour stop in Brantford, Ontario. But surprise, surprise, Montreal’s Dwayne Fowler had the hot hand and took the title with a 9-4 win.

From today’s article in the Hamilton Spectator:

“The toughest part of the spiel is getting to the finals,” said Fowler, before taking to the rink for yesterday’s final, which he won 9-4.

“The pressure is off because you’re getting to the money. That’s not pressure. It’s fun.”

Fowler walked away with the $10,000 cash prize.

“There’s such a fine line between winning and losing at this level. If you believe you are good enough, the rest is between the ears.”

What will be more interesting to see is Gushue (and Marc Nicholl’s) performance in the first season post-Torino. For what is essentially still a very young rink, expectations will be very high for this team that has been sitting on top of the curling world for nearly 9 months. It should prove interesting to see if they keep their lofty perch atop the competitive Canadian curling ranks or not. Anything less than a successful run at this year’s Brier would certainly be a disappointment.

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