|COACH WEIGHS IN ON SCOTTIES|
|Wednesday, 22 February 2012 12:34|
by Joe Pavia, Sun Media
The trouble is push is not coming to shove.
Halfway through the Scotties, I asked Earle Morris for his take on the action in Red Deer.
Morris has coached Team Jennifer Jones as well as Team Rachel Homan — both rinks who have had exceptional national women’s tournaments in the past.
“When I watch the Scotties on TV,” Morris commented, “I wish that I saw more women’s teams that could throw take-out weight accurately.
“I see a lot of them that don’t have a strong take-back on their delivery and when they have to release it for heavy weight, they have to poke it. And usually when you poke it to get heavy weight, it’s really hard to hit the broom.”
He also feels that this missing skill changes the strategy of the game.
“If you don’t have this tool then you are forced to play a different strategy. I see a lot of defensive strategy. I see a lot of missed shots. Yet, I keep thinking when you play on arena ice, the ice is pretty consistent.”
Canadian ice makers make consistent arena ice and use good rocks, the coach related.
“It distresses me that our teams aren’t able to manage the rocks better.”
“In some cases, it’s because a lot of teams don’t play in the World Curling Tour so you don’t get exposure to this type of ice often enough.
“On draw shots that curl a lot, you have to set it when you let it go rather than throwing it soft.
“There’s a learning curve and if you don’t come back to the Scotties every year, you probably don’t learn it.”
Morris sees implications for our prominence on the world stage.
“In order to be world-leading, you have to have all the tools in the tool kit and that tool kit seems to be missing in women’s curling.”
With international rinks improving, he is fearful.
“I just don’t see many world beaters. I wish we had more depth in the country in terms of those teams that are capable of being world-leading.”
As for this year’s Scotties, he finds it hard to predict the final.
But he thinks it will be between Jennifer Jones, Amber Holland or Kelly Scott.
The Kanata rink from All Saints Catholic School captured the Gore Schoolboy provincial title Saturday. The team was Alex Cormier and the Lyon-Hatcher brothers, Jordie, Tyler and Cole. They were coached by Roger Trahan. They beat Georgetown 7-1 ... In men’s Colts play zones the winners were: 1 Shane Latimer, 2A Ian Bridger, B Nick Artichuk; 3 Dennis Elgie. In women’s Trophy, only Tracy Samaan and Laura Payne entered the zones in this region.
The Buckingham rink of Pierre Charette, Richard Faguy, Louse Biron and Maurice Cayouette won the Quebec’s senior men’s title on the weekend ... Two Carleton rinks were in the Ontario Athletic Union provincials for the first time this past week. The Raven men finished first at 4-2, but lost the final to Waterloo, 3-2. Because two Ontario reps go to the nationals, the Raven men (Chris Lewis, Ryan McCrady, Ben Miskew and Graham Rathwell) are headed to Welland March 14. The Raven women finished at 3-3, out of the playoffs.
The Dominion senior provincials begins Wednesday in Simcoe. Representing this area are Bryan Cochrane, Brian Lewis, Cheryl McBain and Barb Kelly. Gatineau’s France Charette is playing lead for Marilyn Bodogh.