'Dumping controversy' in curling?

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 1:30 PM ET

Dumping controversy?

What dumping controversy?

Team Martin's Marc Kennedy strenuously defended fellow sweeper Ben Hebert, who had been cast under some suspicion when Team Howard third Richard Hart figured Hebert was dumping to slow down a Martin rock.

Now that the teams will battle it out for the right to represent Canada at the Vancouver Olympics, the sweepers will be getting about as much attention as they ever have.

"I can't really speak for Richard or the other team," said Kennedy.

"I know for a fact that never, ever has it come up in conversation with Ben and me that 'Let's do this to the rocks. Let's dump on the rocks.' We've never, ever had to do that. We take a lot of pride in our sweeping. We sweep our butts off, game in and game out. I guarantee you there was no intent of trying to make the rock slow down."

Kennedy pointed out there's a bit of a precedent and was unsure what Hart could have been thinking when he made the comments.

"Whatever Richard's motives are, I guarantee you there was no intent of trying to make the rock slow down. We've seen him do this before; he did it to us at the Brier in '08 when he thought John was lying on the ice.

"All I've had to say is we've played Glenn 22 times in four years, and in the ninth end of the last round-robin game of the Olympic trials, he finally says something about our sweeping?

"I think that gives you an idea what the motives are."

Hebert steered clear of the accusations.

"Just excited, really anxious to get out there, play a good game in the final and let the cards fall where they may," said Hebert.

"We've done well so well and we're confident in our ability, so let's go out and play our game.

"I didn't think we'd get Gunnlaugson or a team like that in the final.

"The top three teams here this week are the ones that are left, so you're going to need to bring your A game to win, that's for sure."

CON.GRIWKOWSKY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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