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It’s exactly the start they wanted.
The members of Team Brad Jacobs take a 2 0 record into Thursday’s action at the five day, eight team, Northern Ontario Curling Association (NOCA) men’s provincial championship in Little Current, Ont.
“We’re absolutely happy with the way we’ve started, said Jacobs, who defeated fellow Saultite Charlie Robert 8 2 on Wednesday night in a match that lasted just six ends. Harnden and lead Ryan Harnden, stopped Colin Koivula of Thunder Bay 6 4.
“Each game was part of a learning process, said Jacobs, skip of the reigning Olympic gold medal winners. trying to get comfortable with the building, the rocks and the ice and we were more comfortable in the second game.
In a battle of Community First Curling Centre teams, the Jacobs rink stole three in the sixth end and,
soon after, Team Robert shook hands.
“We played a text book curling game, said Jacobs, who was facing a rink which also includes third Dan Mick, second Clint Cudmore and lead Marc Barrette. made everything we needed to make. The Sault rink dropped a hard fought, 5 4 decision to Dylan Johnston of Thunder Bay in its opening game.
Meantime, Jacobs called his opening game noting how teams had just 40 minutes of practise, 10 minutes per sheet, before play began.
“You feel rushed, he said.
However, leading 4 3 through five ends,
Jacobs stole one in the seventh and forced Koivula to take one in the eighth.