Registered: Nov 2016
Originally posted by Manitoba Legend
Too bad Team Canada didn't exist back in the early Brier days;
Ken Watson might have nabbed 5 or 6 Briers.
He got to 3 Briers from Manitoba, won all 3 with relative ease. Might not have played 1950 Brier in Halifax cuz he retired after 1949 but have no doubt a 46 yr old Watson would have been better than Haligonian Don Oyler (eventual winner)
Watson had 5 or 6 teams that were as good as, sometimes better than his team. Guys like Howie Wood, Jimmy Congalton, Jimmy Welsh, Ab Gowanlock, etc. that could give the great man a great game any day of the week. Large British Consols field didn't help either.
That said - Matt Baldwin would certainly have another Brier to add to his 3.
Ron Northcott, too!
EXTRA*** Whipper Watson won a 4th manitoba title in 1842 but the Brier was cancelled due to WWII, also 43 and 44.
Ab Gowanlock would have won at least one more Brier immo had Team Canada existed, perhaps Billy Walsh, too!
ML., your "researcher" needs some help.
1) Don OyIer was not a "Haligonian".
2) He was not born in Halifax.
3) He lived most of his life in Kentville.
4) He did not participate in the 1950 Brier.
5) The 1950 Brier did not take place in Halifax.
Don Oyler was a physician. One of the best curlers in Nova Scotia for many years and the winner of numerous local bonspiels, he suddenly and inexplicably developed a burning desire to not only win the 1951 Nova Scotia Brier but the Canadian Brier as well.
So in 1950 he closed his medical practice, assembled the best possible team being very careful , of course, not to break any residency rules and developed an extensive plan for success; a plan that included entering all possible major bonspiels, playing against the very best, practicing 2 - 4 hours a day, six days a week when they were not in competition. In addition, learning and following meticulously an advanced curling strategy developed by Ken Watson.
After they won the Brier in 1951, the team broke up. Oyler reopened his medical practice in Kentville. At the Glooscap Curling Club hangs a plaque. It reads: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED 1951.
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