Martin happy with team

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

Heading into this curling season, Kevin Martin didn't know what to expect.

He put together a new rink that includes John Morris at third, second Marc Kennedy and lead Ben Hebert but hasn't missed a beat, making 11 finals with nine victories.

Martin's hoping to pad those numbers with a win at this week's season-ending World Curling Tour Players' Championship, which is taking place at the Corral.

Yesterday Martin, a three-time winner, downed reigning Olympic gold medallist Brad Gushue 5-4 and is looking good in the B draw.

"(Winning) would be a great way to finish off this season, which we started wanting to get into as many finals as we could for the experience of playing under pressure as a team," said Martin, who represented Alberta at this year's Brier but lost in the 3-4 game to Jeff Stoughton.

"We really just want to finish off on a positive note and play well because you've got the best of the best at this event."

That's for sure with the likes of world champ Glenn Howard, Stoughton and Wayne Middaugh in the field.

Martin and Middaugh tangled Wednesday with the Toronto skip emerging with a 5-3 win, a game Martin was still talking about yesterday.

"We've been playing good except for that game and it was a close one," said Martin, who along with Middaugh are the only two to win a career grand slam.

"But he didn't miss anything. When a guy shoots 100, that's pretty good."

The event, which features 16 men's and 16 women's teams, wraps up this weekend with the women's final tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and the men's championship Sunday.


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