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Dunstone of Kamloops qualifies for Tim Hortons Curling Trials; Brown falls one win short

Kamloops resident Matt Dunstone and his Regina-based rink have punched their ticket to the Tim Hortons Curling Trials
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Matt Dunstone of Kamloops is one step closer to reaching the Olympics.

Kamloops resident Matt Dunstone and his Regina-based rink have punched their ticket to the Tim Hortons Curling 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 in Beijing.

Team Dunstone, which includes skip Dunstone, third Braeden Moskowy, second Kirk Muyres and lead Dustin Kidby, was one of two teams to qualify for the Tim Hortons Trials at the men's Canadian Curling Trials Direct-Entry Event, which wrapped up on Saturday in Ottawa.

Both Dunstone and Team Mike McEwen of Winnipeg posted 5-1 records at the five-team event to secure the available berths.

Team Brown of Kamloops was unable to claim one of three women’s berths available for the Tim Hortons Curling Trials on weekend at the Direct-Entry Event in Ottawa.

Brown, which includes skip Corryn Brown, third Erin Pincott, second Dezaray Hawes and lead Sam Fisher, had to win twice on Sunday against Team Walker of Edmonton to advance to the Tim Hortons Trials.

The Kamloops rink edged Walker 9-8 in 11 ends in an afternoon draw, but fell 8-4 on Sunday evening.

Brown will participate in the Home Hardware Curling Pre-Trials, a last-chance event that will take place from Oct. 26 to Oct. 31 in Liverpool, N.S.

Fourteen men’s and women’s teams will compete for the final two spots available for each gender in the Tim Hortons Trials.