Brier Bound – Nova Scotia

As provincial and territorial qualifying events take place across the country, leading up to the 2011 Tim Hortons Brier, we’re keeping you up-to-date on all the latest developments. Here’s the news from Nova Scotia. Mark Dacey will be looking for a spot on his jacket to sew a fifth Purple Heart as he prepares for the upcoming Nova Scotia provincial men’s curling finals slated for the Dartmouth Curling Club February 1-6.

Mark Dacey at the 2009 Tim Hortons Brier

Fifteen other teams will be doing everything in their power to ensure that Dacey – the 2004 Brier champ – doesn’t get that opportunity. Dacey and his Nova Scotia Curling Association team of Tom Sullivan, Lee Buott and Travis Colter earned the trip to the provincial finale by capturing one of two final spots up for grabs at Challenge Round play held January 21-23 at the Greenwood Curling Club. Mark Robar and his Mayflower Curling Club mates Jeff Dawson, Dana Seward and Kirk McDairmid also moved on from the Greenwood showdown to take part in the upcoming modified triple knockout championships. Reigning Nova Scotia men’s champion Ian Fitzner-LeBlanc and three-time Brier vet Shawn Adams – both representing the Mayflower Curling Club – will also be in the house in Dartmouth.