SASKATOON - Team Tracy Fleury (Photo: Curling Canada) are through to the playoffs at the 2021 Tim Hortons Curling Trials.
By: Dylan Chenier
With her 11-7 victory against Alberta's Laura Walker, Tracy Fleury is guaranteed a spot in this weekend's playoffs. If her rink is to win their two remaining games, they would finish the round-robin undefeated and advance straight to Sunday morning Championship Final.
"We hear we're in the playoffs so that's a good place to be, we're happy about that," said Fleury." "One big goal accomplished, but still lots of work left to do."
Despite being atop the standings, Fleury doesn't necessarily feel a target on her team's back.
"We're used to being the underdogs for sure, we like being underdogs," Fleury said. "We just feel like we still slide under the radar, despite our ranking and we're ok with that."
In their Trials debut, Team Fleury has exceeded all expectations. Despite being the Number one ranked team in the world, it was easy to view other teams as tournament favourites. In a field featuring numerous Scotties and World champions, as well as Olympic gold medalists, it's understandable how a Team like Fleury's could fly under the radar.
"We don't like a whole lot of attention anyway, so we're fine with that."
However, after six draws Fleury's rink is clearly the team to beat but the skip isn't getting ahead of herself.
"We just want to keep being ourselves and not let the pressure get to us, just keep things as light as we can out there."
With an unblemished record thus far, Fleury is hoping that the round-robin experience will bode well for her rink heading into the weekend. So far, Team Fleaury has picked up wins against teams like Scotties champs Homan and Einarson, as well as perennial contenders Team Mcarville.
"It's good experience to play in some tight battles and then being able to come away with the wins just helps with our confidence."
To close the week, Fleury takes on Casey Scheidegger's Alberta squad on Thursday night, they will then battle Manitoba-rivals Team Jones on Friday afternoon.
If Team Fleury wins their two remaining games, they will earn an automatic birth into this weekend's championship final. A loss doesn't necessarily remove them from contention for the top spot but the team will have to wait and see how the other results play out.
The women's draw at the 2021 Tim Hortons Curling Trials continues Thursday evening at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, with Draw 15 set for 7:00 PM CT.
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