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Brown rink, aiming to keep Olympics hopes alive, starts well at last-chance event in Nova Scotia

“We came out firing and ended up with the win, so that was a really great way to start our event,” Brown said.
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Sam Fisher (left) and Dezaray Hawes sweep for Corryn Brown in February at the Scotties in Calgary.

Skip Corryn Brown sounded calm, situated in an oceanside cottage near Liverpool, Nova Scotia, on Monday for a phone call with KTW.

Quaint accommodation may have contributed to her demeanour, but the relaxed tone likely had more to do with her team’s start at the pivotal Home Hardware Curling Pre-Trials, in which only a top-two finish will keep Olympic hopes alive.

Team Brown, at that point, was 1-0 after a 9-4 victory over Team Peterson of Winnipeg.

“We came out firing and ended up with the win, so that was a really great way to start our event,” Brown said. “We did a really good job of managing the rocks we had and managing the ice, given it was our first game of the event.”

Brown followed with a 9-6 victory over Team Galusha of Yellowknife on Tuesday cruised to an 11-5 triumph over Team Murphy of Ontario on Tuesday night.

The 14-team field is split into two pools of seven, with the top three teams from each pool moving on to the playoffs after the six-game round-robin.

Tied atop Pool A with matching 3-0 records as of Wednesday morning are Brown and Team McCarville of Ontario.

Brown is fighting for one of two berths that remain for the Tim Hortons Trials, which will run from Nov. 20 to Nov. 28 in Saskatoon and produce the four-person men’s and women’s teams that will don the Maple Leaf at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, which get underway in February in Beijing.

The Kamloops Curling Club quartet could have avoided the trip to Nova Scotia by finishing in the top three at the Canadian Curling Trials Direct-Entry Event in September in Ottawa.

Brown placed fourth, falling 8-4 to Team Walker of Edmonton in the bronze-medal tilt.

“This is something we’ve worked several years for,” Brown said. “It’s a culmination of efforts and we’re really happy to be here, but we know we have a job to do and we hope we can come out with the win at the end of the week.”

Team Brown received encouraging news earlier this month when it was included in the field for the Boost National, a Grand Slam of Curling event slated to run from Nov. 2 to Nov. 7 in Chestermere, Alta.

The event will mark the rink’s first taste of action in a tier 1 Grand Slam event, with 16 of the top women’s teams in the world on the guest list.

Team Anna Hasselborg of Sweden captured the Boost National title in December of 2019, a victory that came with a cheque for $35,000. The 2020 event was pre-empted by the pandemic.

Kamloops resident Matt Dunstone and his Regina-based rink will also be in action at the Boost National in November.

Brown, which is 11th in women’s Canadian Team Ranking System standings, is slated to play once on Wednesday in Liverpool, a noon start against Team Harrison of Ontario.