Appelman's team to represent Canada

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:37 PM ET

Even before they won Saturday's A Event final at the men's northerns, Tom Appelman's team had already been tabbed as Team Canada.

They, along with Jennifer Jones, are representing Canada at an international bonspiel in Karizauwa, Japan, this week.

"It would have been a really long flight to Japan if we didn't get to provincials," said Appelman.

The team is leaving Monday for the week-long event.

"We got selected because we were the highest-ranked team under-30 other that (Winnipeg's) Mike McEwen, who are on the national squad," said Appleman.

"It would have been nice to (previously) qualify for provincials, so we could focus on that, but I'm not complaining," said Appelman, "We've got a week before the provincials to get our times back."

Appelman and crew will be one of eight teams attending the event in a field that includes the Japanese national team, along with several European national junior teams.

"It's going to be good event," said Appelman.

This foursome of Tom and Ted Appelman, second Brendan Melnyk, lead Brandon Klassen and alternate Adam Enright has had its chances at curling glory.

Enright rotated in for Melnyk this weekend. Ted took time off at the start of the season when he became a dad and that's when the idea of Tom staying on as skip was first floated.

"Tom didn't know how much time he'd have off," said Appelman. "Brand-new dad and he wanted to be with his kid more. Brendan was really busy with work this year. We all get along with Adam. He's a great player and has experience at all levels. It was easy and it was a smart decision for us."

Their 2009 season was phenomenal and the team qualified for the provincials with one of the highest Alberta Tour points totals of all time.

They parlayed that season into an invitation into the Olympic pre-trials event, making it as far as the C Event semifinal.


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