Casey rink ready to compete with country's best

Jason Malloy
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Adam Casey isn't happy with just being at the Tim Hortons Brier.

The youngest skip in this year's field has his eye set on making the playoffs and winning the national curling championship.

Last year, the Casey-skipped Team Prince Edward Island went 5-6 and was in playoff contention until a Thursday loss to Saskatchewan.

While Casey, a 26-year-old Winsloe resident and Seven Mile Bay native, understands his team is young and gaining experience, it is in Ottawa this week to compete for the title.

"At the end of the week maybe you keep it in perspective, but to be honest this is the fifth time I'm going to go to the Brier," Casey said Wednesday from the airport in Halifax.

"Each time is a great experience, but I don't want to make a habit of going 5-6 and being happy with it.

"Getting into the playoffs and trying to win the event is our goal," he added. "If we're able to raise our level to new heights and play at our very best I think that would be satisfactory."

It won't be easy with what he called the toughest Brier field he has played in.

"We're going to have to play at our best and be 100 per cent committed to every shot," said Casey. "I don't think we can afford to have any mental lapses."

The Casey rink includes third David Mathers, second Anson Carmody, lead Robbie Doherty, alternate Ryan Gidden and coach Lincoln Peters. They play out of the Charlottetown Curling Complex and the Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club. This week will be a homecoming for Mathers, who is from Ottawa.

The team has played about 10 events this year and the provincial championship in Charlottetown, where it went undefeated to capture its second straight title. The Casey rink played in two competitions outside Canada - one in Switzerland, the other in Minnesota - in an effort to be ready for big competitions at the end of the season.

"We've been practising hard trying to peak for this week," Casey said.


A look at Team P.E.I.'s schedule for the Tim Hortons Brier:


8:30 p.m. - P.E.I. vs. British Columbia (Cotter).


3 p.m. - P.E.I. vs. Alberta (Koe).

8:30 p.m. - Quebec (Menard).


3:30 p.m. - P.E.I. vs. Canada (Simmons).


10:30 a.m. - P.E.I. vs. Northern Ontario (Jacobs).

3:30 p.m. - P.E.I. vs. Saskatchewan (Laycock).


10:30 a.m. - P.E.I. vs. Ontario (Howard).

8:30 p.m. - P.E.I. vs. New Brunswick (Kennedy).


10:30 a.m. - P.E.I. vs. TBD.

3:30 p.m. - P.E.I. vs. Newfoundland and Labrador (Gushue).


10:30 a.m. - P.E.I. vs. Manitoba (McEween).



Organizations: Silver Fox

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Ottawa, Charlottetown Halifax Canada Switzerland Minnesota British Columbia Alberta Quebec Northern Ontario Ontario New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Manitoba

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