Team Brown finished atop the podium in its 2021-2022 curling season debut.
Skip Corryn Brown, third Erin Pincott, second Dezaray Hawes and lead Sam Fisher posted a 4-0 record at an Alberta Curling Series event in Leduc, besting Lindsay Bertsch of Calgary 8-3 on Sunday in the final to claim gold and a cheque for $2,000.
"For us, it was more so just to get some reps before we head to Ottawa," said Brown, who was tossing bags into a vehicle ahead of the flight home on Sunday night while speaking to KTW.
"That was the main thing for us, to get on the ice, work on some stuff we had in mind and put some things we worked on this summer into practise.
"Winning was just the cherry on top."
The Kamloops Curling Club quartet did not seem to suffer much in the way of rust in its first competitive action since February, when it failed to reach the Championship Pool at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary.
Brown was one of two A Event qualifiers in Leduc, knocking off Adele Kezama of St. Albert, Alta., 7-3 and Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge, Alta., 6-2 to reach the playoffs.
A rematch with Scheidegger in the semifinal round was one-sided, with Brown prevailing 8-2.
"We were fortunate to get the bye in the first draw, so that was nice," Brown said. "We just had to win one more to qualify, got a bye to the semis, won the semi and the final.
"It was definitely a nice road to take, but we were happy we were able to capitalize."
Brown is gearing up for the Canadian Curling Trials Direct-Entry Event, which will run from Sept. 22 to Sept. 26 in Ottawa and is a qualifier for the Tim Hortons Curling Trials.
The Tim Hortons Trials 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.
Trials Direct-Entry Event teams that do not qualify for the Tim Hortons Curling Trials in Ottawa will have a second chance at the Home Hardware Curling Pre-Trials, which will take place from Oct. 26 to Oct. 31 in Liverpool, N.S.
Team Brown has one more tune-up before the Trials Direct-Entry Event, an Alberta Curling Series cashspiel in Edmonton, the Saville Shootout, with action getting underway on Sept. 10.