Savill basking in glow of victory

JOE PAVIA -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

His team is $711 richer.

Besides winning curling's world championship, Ottawa's Craig Savill was also delighted to learn that his local team won his club's cash league top spot.

He's having a good year.

"We really wanted it this year. That was our goal right after we lost to (Jean-Michel) Menard last year," Savill, the lead on Glenn Howard's team, said of winning the worlds.

Team Howard did indeed perform at the worlds, not only throughout the week, but especially in Sunday's final. Despite Howard's first-end, 4-0 lead, the team never stopped.

"We just keep rocks in play and keep going after them because we are playing well, so why not just do what got us there?" Savill said. "With the ice swinging so much, we thought we better stay aggressive. A lot of times you get a four-point lead and you get defensive and you give them an easy deuce right back and they are right back in the game."

Today, they start their run at Calgary's Tylenol Players Championship.

"Everybody wants to play the Brier champ and world champ. I think we'll have a target on our backs just like (Brad) Gushue and Menard did. We expected it, so all we can do is go out and play our own game and hope the other team doesn't play 100%."

One of the ways a team can be assured of an Olympic Trials spot is by winning three of the majors in the next three years: The Brier, worlds and the players championship are three of the nine.

Winning, however, won't be easy. Howard won't be facing Korea or France this time around.

TAKE TWO: The Tylenol Players Championship sees 32 of Canada's top men's and women's teams competing for a $200,000 purse and coveted Canadian team ranking system points. Other teams in the event are Randy Ferbey, Kevin Martin, and Jeff Stoughton. The women's side features Jennifer Jones, (with Ottawa's Dawn Askin), Kelly Scott and Sherry Middaugh. CBC will air the finals on the weekend.

JUNIOR RANKS: Shane Latimer (with Nicole Johnson, Emma Miskew and Neil Sinclair) won the RCMP junior bonspiel last Saturday.

TEAM NEWS: Bryan Coch-rane's former second, Ian MacAulay, might play vice should Cochrane decide to return to the competitive battlefield. Ken Campbell may be playing with former Ottawa resident Mike Aprile.

SPRING FLINGS: The Richmond and Ottawa clubs are hosting end-of-season bonspiels. The Richmond Cash runs May 3-6. For info call 613-838-5244. The Ottawa's annual Perry 'Spiel goes April 22-29. Call 613-234-4119.

KUDOS: Morrisburg's Katherine Johnston received the CCA's Ray Kingsmith Award to honour her 30 years of promoting curling.

CURLING THIS WEEK: The OCA mixed and senior mixed provincials begin today at the RA Centre.

JOEPAVIA@SYMPATICO.CA


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