Glenn Howard started strong on the opening day, posting two wins that were conceded after seven ends. There appeared to be a bit of adjusting to the rocks as there were some glaring misses from players, including Howard how came well short on a couple of draws.
The Howard rink, of course, is the favourite, going for its eighth straight Ontario crown. The Barrie Examiner did a nice preview of the competition, focusing on the almost-local boys and the record run:
“To continue any streak in sports is really tough,” Howard said. “Obviously, to win two, three or four in a row is impressive, but to win seven, I just can’t believe we’ve done it.”
Howard also said he's expecting to know almost everyone who comes to watch, seeing as he's just 30 minutes up the road:
“As the crowds get bigger and bigger, I’m probably going to know three-quarters or four-fifths of the people here,” Howard said. “I have a lot of family and friends coming down from Penetang and Midland, and from pretty much anywhere in Simcoe County.“Again, I was ecstatic when I found out that it was here in Barrie, and I think you’re going to see that it’s going to be one of the best-attended events that we’ve ever had.”In the London Free Press, Steve Green offered up a nice look at the Wayne Tuck Jr. rink, which was Howard's first victim in the opening draw, but came back with a win last night. Pre-tournament, Tuck did comment on the difficulty of playing against Howard.
“As long as your team is curling minimum 85%, you’ve got at least a 50-50 shot, because they don’t normally curl below 90,” Tuck said.Yup. And sometimes even that doesn't work.