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Sweeting, Simmons improve to 3-1 at Home Hardware Canada Cup

Grande Prairie’s Carter Rycroft and Team Simmons improved to 3-1 in the rankings after day two of the Home Hardware Canada Cup. They beat Beaverlodge’s Geoff Walker and Team Gushue 6-4 in draw 6, leaving Gushue with a 1-3 record.

Rycroft, who plays second for the Simmons rink, says things weren’t exactly clicking for the team right out of the gate on day one but their third and fourth draws have given them some momentum.

“The last two games we’ve all been really dialed in. It was a bit more of an intense day. We were a little lethargic there and not as intense as we need to be so we need to get some rest and come out strong, don’t come out like we’ve won anything. It’s only two in a row and you can’t relax at all.”

Joining Simmons at the top of the pack are Kevin Koe and Brad Jacobs. Mike McEwen is even at 2 and 2, while John Epping, Steve Laycock and Reid Carruthers each have one win.

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On the women’s side, Rachel Homan remains unbeaten. She won both of her draws Thursday, beating Kristy McDonald 8-4 and Kelsey Rocque 9-2.

The youngest skip in the competition, Rocque faced off against Olympic gold medallist Jennifer Jones in the sixth draw, falling 8 to 5. Jones bounced back from a winless day one and now sits with a two and two record. Jones told reporters Thursday evening that their approach going into day three of round robin would be just the same as their approach on day two.

“Honestly, even yesterday I thought we were throwing well and just missing a couple thoughts here and there. Today was pretty consistent and we just need to carry that forward.”

After going two for two Wednesday, Sherry Middaugh lost both Thursday, giving her a two and two record as well. Alberta’s Val Sweeting is on a roll, having won her last three outings, while Tracy Fleury picked up her first win in draw six against Middaugh.

Sweeting says after losing their very first game on day one to Homan, they need to have a strong performance in the remainder of the round robin in order to make the finals.

“I think we need to win two to make sure. Every game is important in a short round robin so we definitely want to come out strong in the morning and then have another good game in the evening.”

Draw 7 starts at 8:30 at Revolution Place.

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