Grande Prairie native Carter Rycroft now has three Brier wins under his belt, but he says this year’s tournament was different for him.
They got off to a slow start before skip John Morris moved down to third, and Rycroft says they didn’t want to disappoint the home crowd.
“It was very up and down, whereas the other ones we were always one of the favourites and in the mix, and we were going to be close. Whether we won it or lost we were for sure going to be in there.”
With a new skip and playing together as a foursome for the first time, Team Canada wasn’t a favourite to win, but Rycroft says they went in expecting to come out on top.
They’ll take that same attitude to the 2015 World Men’s Curling Championship at the end of the month, where Rycroft is hoping for a much different result than last year.
“The last thing you want to do is be satisfied with winning the Canadians. Teams in the past – us in particular last year – where you go to World’s and don’t finish it off with a win; it’s not something to come home with. You’re happy about the Brier but there’s work to do yet.”
Another local heading with the team is Grande Prairie’s Tom Sallows, who was asked to join as alternate.