Ontario curling unknowns make name for themselves at Brier

Ontario skip Greg Balsdon throws a rock in the fifth end against New Brunswick during the Brier in...

Ontario skip Greg Balsdon throws a rock in the fifth end against New Brunswick during the Brier in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, March 3, 2014. (Ben Nelms/Reuters)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:55 PM ET

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Vic Rauter was emceeing the opening banquet of the 85th Brier, when the TSN announcer interrupted himself.

“Would the Ontario team stand up?”

Rauter waited until they did.

“Who are you guys?” he asked.

For eight straight seasons, Glenn Howard came out of Ontario to curl in the Tim Hortons Brier.

This year, Ontario is Greg Balsdon.

So, really, who are these guys?

“Well, I’ve been playing out of the Toronto area since 1998,” said Balsdon.

“We lost to Glenn in the final in 2011. We’ve been around. We’ve been ‘spielin’.

“Nobody knows who we are because we’ve never been here before. Nobody knows who we are because we’ve never been on TSN before.”

If you are a real curling fan, the name may have rung a bell.

“We were at the Olympic pre-trials this year,” said Balsdon.


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