Top young female curlers switch gears to watch boyfriends play at Tim Hortons Brier in Edmonton

 

Laura Crocker, Kaitlyn Lawes says being spectators ‘a lot more fun when you’re really cheering for someone’

 
 
 
 
Manitoba’s Kaitlyn Lawes releases her rock during second draw curling action against British Columbia at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Sunday, February 17, 2013 in Kingston, Ont.
 
 

Manitoba’s Kaitlyn Lawes releases her rock during second draw curling action against British Columbia at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Sunday, February 17, 2013 in Kingston, Ont.

Photograph by: Ryan Remiorz, THE CANADIAN PRESS

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EDMONTON - Normally, Laura Crocker and Kaitlyn Lawes are quite serious when they’re at the curling rink.

Crocker is a two-time Canadian Interuniversity Sport champion who moved to Edmonton to train out of the Saville Community Sports Centre this season, while Lawes plays third for Jennifer Jones’ Manitoba rink that went unbeaten through the round-robin at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

But a different spirit has taken over two of Canada’s top young female curlers this week.

“We got to switch gears and have fun for the week and cheer on the boys and not focus on something so serious for once at a curling event and it’s just been a blast,” said Crocker, whose boyfriend, Braeden Moskowy, plays third on Brock Virtue’s Saskatchewan rink at the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier at Rexall Place.

“I’ve always gone and watched the Brier, but I’ve never been so invested in one team, so it’s a lot more fun when you’re really cheering for someone.”

Crocker said that Lawes has been “getting the gears for wearing the green shirt instead of the (Manitoba) yellow, but she’s supporting DJ (Kidby, the Saskatchewan lead) and that’s what we’re here to do.

“And (Saskatchewan second Chris) Schille is also dating Erin Carmody, who plays with Crystal Webster, so we all know each other pretty well through curling. We’re lucky they all happen to play together because we have a good group of girls who get to have fun.”

What’s the craziest thing the girls have done this week?

“Definitely the (green) wigs yesterday,” said Crocker, “and adding the hula skirts to that. We almost wore big giant glasses, but we couldn’t see the sheets.”

Gushue set to be fan

After the business of Wednesday’s two-game day passes for Brad Gushue, the Newfoundland/Labrador skip says he and his team (second Adam Casey, third, Brett Gallant, lead Geoff Walker, fifth Jamie Korab and coach Peter Gallant) will take some time on Thursday and Friday to be fans.

“It’s just more of a curling thing, watching the games, watching James (Grattan) and Kevin (Martin) ... it’s fun to watch, just as a curling fan,” Gushue said of New Brunswick’s win over Alberta on Tuesday. “It’s just fun to watch, being here at the Brier and watching a big game and seeing what people do at games, it’s fun. I think it’s a little bit too early to look at it and see where you’re standing. Most teams still have five games left, so it’s a little bit early.”

Thursday’s schedule

8:30 a.m. — Draw 12

Northern Ontario vs. Saskatchewan

Nova Scotia vs. Quebec

1:30 p.m. — Draw 13

Ontario vs. Newfoundland/Labrador

P.E.I. vs. Alberta

Northwest Territories/Yukon vs. British Columbia

New Brunswick vs. Manitoba

7:30 p.m. — Draw 14

Manitoba vs. Northern Ontario

B.C. vs. Nova Scotia

Alberta vs. Saskatchewan

Quebec vs. Ontario

Entertainment

Original 16 Patch

Tera Lee, The Chevelles

Cool Shots

Take your shot at daily cash prizes on the shuffleboard-style version of the roaring game between noon and 6 p.m. Each day’s winner qualifies to play in the weekend finals.

Purple Heart Lounge

Noon — Up Close and Personal Interviews with Brad Jacob’s Northern Ontario team and Quebec’s Jean-Michel Menard

5 p.m. —Up Close and Personal Interview with Eddie MacKenzie’s Prince Edward Island rink

Noon — Autograph sessions with Brock Virtue’s Saskatchewan team and Paul Flemming’s Nova Scotia team

5 p.m. — Autograph sessions with Jamie Koe’s Northwest Territories/Yukon rink

With files from Chris O’Leary.

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Manitoba’s Kaitlyn Lawes releases her rock during second draw curling action against British Columbia at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Sunday, February 17, 2013 in Kingston, Ont.
 

Manitoba’s Kaitlyn Lawes releases her rock during second draw curling action against British Columbia at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Sunday, February 17, 2013 in Kingston, Ont.

Photograph by: Ryan Remiorz, THE CANADIAN PRESS

 
Manitoba’s Kaitlyn Lawes releases her rock during second draw curling action against British Columbia at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Sunday, February 17, 2013 in Kingston, Ont.
Team Crocker from left,  Sarah Willes, Jenn Gates and skip Laura Crocker during a curling match at the Saville Centre in Edmonton, October 24, 2012.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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