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Jacobs roars to 7-4 win over Morris, will play for Canada at Olympics

Posted: 12/8/2013 5:12 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 12/8/2013 7:05 PM | Updates

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Sault Ste. Marie’s Brad Jacobs will represent Canada in men’s curling at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Jacobs — with Winnipeg’s Ryan Fry at third, second E.J. Harnden and lead Ryan Harnden — completed a history-making undefeated run through the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings with a 7-4 win over Calgary’s John Morris in the men’s final at the MTS Centre Sunday afternoon.

It is the first time in the history of the Canadian Olympic curling trials that a team, men’s or women’s, has gone undefeated. The Jacobs squad — who are also the defending Brier champions — went 7-0 in the round-robin to advance directly to Sunday’s final.

"Unreal, man. I’m so excited to win this with these three guys," said Fry, a former Manitoba men’s and junior men’s champion. "We’ve got a team that comes along every once in a while and I’m just so happy to be a part of it...

"It’s just an honour to be able to play in front of my hometown and all my friends and family. And for us to be able to pull this out — we had a great week."

Interestingly, the Jacobs team was the last men’s team to qualify for this year’s Roar, picking up their spot only last month in a last-chance bonspiel in Kitchener.

The Jacobs foursome jumped all over a first-end flash by Morris second Tyrel Griffith, converting it into a deuce and a 2-0 lead. But the Morris team authored a deuce of their own in the fifth end and the game was tied 3-3 heading into the fifth-end break.

But that was as close as Morris would get, with Jacobs authoring another deuce in the sixth end and then, memorably, one more deuce in the ninth end on a nifty slash-double takeout that sealed the deal.

It was a disappointing finish for the Morris foursome, a first-year team from whom not much was expected this winter but who defied long odds — first to get to this event and then to advance all the way to the final.

"I don’t know if we were out of gas or what it was," said Morris, who felt his team came out flat. "We didn’t put enough heat on them to get points. It’s frustrating because I felt we had a better chance. We didn’t play like we could have. But I’m proud of the boys. I felt we had a great week. I don’t think many teams gave us a chance and we fought really hard right to the end."

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  • Third Ryan Fry of the Brad Jacobs rink throws a stone.

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    Third Ryan Fry of the Brad Jacobs rink throws a stone.

  • Skip John Morris (left) reacts to a shot as Tyler Griffith looks on.

    Jason Halstead / Winnipeg Free Press

    Skip John Morris (left) reacts to a shot as Tyler Griffith looks on.

  • Skip Brad Jacobs fist-pumps after scoring two in the first end during the men's final against John Morris at the 2013 Roar of the Rings Canadian Olympic Curling Trials Sunday.

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    Skip Brad Jacobs fist-pumps after scoring two in the first end during the men's final against John Morris at the 2013 Roar of the Rings Canadian Olympic Curling Trials Sunday.

  • Skip John Morris delivers a rock.

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    Skip John Morris delivers a rock.

  • John Morris (left) looks up during the men's final against Brad Jacobs (right) at the 2013 Roar of the Rings Canadian Olympic curling trials in Winnipeg Sunday.

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    John Morris (left) looks up during the men's final against Brad Jacobs (right) at the 2013 Roar of the Rings Canadian Olympic curling trials in Winnipeg Sunday.

  • Skip John Morris takes a break between ends.

    John Woods / The Canadian Press

    Skip John Morris takes a break between ends.

  • Skip Brad Jacobs (left) watches a shot during action against John Morris (centre).

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    Skip Brad Jacobs (left) watches a shot during action against John Morris (centre).

  • Tyrel Griffith (left), Rick Sawatsky and John Morris (right) sweep one of John Cotter's stones to score two points in the fifth end.

    John Woods / The Canadian Press

    Tyrel Griffith (left), Rick Sawatsky and John Morris (right) sweep one of John Cotter's stones to score two points in the fifth end.

  • Skip John Morris watches as an official measures stones in the fifth end.

    John Woods / The Canadian Press

    Skip John Morris watches as an official measures stones in the fifth end.

  • Skip John Morris reacts to a shot.

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    Skip John Morris reacts to a shot.

  • Third Ryan Fry of Brad Jacobs' team watches his shot as the sweepers jump on the rock.

    Jason Halstead / Winnipeg Free Press

    Third Ryan Fry of Brad Jacobs' team watches his shot as the sweepers jump on the rock.

  • Skip Brad Jacobs celebrates after defeating John Morris' team.

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    Skip Brad Jacobs celebrates after defeating John Morris' team.

  • Skip Brad Jacobs (left) and teammates celebrate after defeating the John Morris rink.

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    Skip Brad Jacobs (left) and teammates celebrate after defeating the John Morris rink.

  • From left: Brad Jacobs, Ryan Harnden, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Fry celebrate their win.

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    From left: Brad Jacobs, Ryan Harnden, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Fry celebrate their win.

  • Skip Brad Jacobs (left) and his team acknowledge the crowd as they make their way down the ice after winning the final.

    John Woods / The Canadian Press

    Skip Brad Jacobs (left) and his team acknowledge the crowd as they make their way down the ice after winning the final.

  • Brad Jacobs (centre left) and Ryan Fry (right) are congratulated by women's winners Jennifer Jones (left) and Jill Officer.

    John Woods / The Canadian Press

    Brad Jacobs (centre left) and Ryan Fry (right) are congratulated by women's winners Jennifer Jones (left) and Jill Officer.

  • Skip Jennifer Jones (centre) and Ryan Fry hug after the men's team was presented with their Team Canada jackets and Roar of the Rings medals.

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    Skip Jennifer Jones (centre) and Ryan Fry hug after the men's team was presented with their Team Canada jackets and Roar of the Rings medals.

  • Skip Brad Jacobs strikes a pose in his Team Canada apparel after defeating John Morris' team 7-4 in the men's final of Roar of the Rings Olympic Curling Trials at the MTS Centre on Sunday.

    Jason Halstead / Winnipeg Free Press

    Skip Brad Jacobs strikes a pose in his Team Canada apparel after defeating John Morris' team 7-4 in the men's final of Roar of the Rings Olympic Curling Trials at the MTS Centre on Sunday.

  • Winnipeg skips Jennifer Jones and Brad Jacobs show off their Team Canada jackets and medals.

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    Winnipeg skips Jennifer Jones and Brad Jacobs show off their Team Canada jackets and medals.

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Updated on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 5:34 PM CST: Tweaks copy.

5:48 PM: Updates photo.

7:05 PM: Adds video, slide show.

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