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Team Laura Walker books Trials spot with 8-4 win over Team Corryn Brown

OTTAWA — Team Laura Walker became the third women’s team to earn a berth at the Tim Hortons Curling Trials later this fall in Saskatoon.
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OTTAWA — Team Laura Walker became the third women’s team to earn a berth at the Tim Hortons Curling Trials later this fall in Saskatoon.

Walker defeated Team Corryn Brown 8-4 Sunday at the 2021 Trials Direct Entry women's curling competition at the RA Centre.

Walker, vice-skip Kate Cameron, second Taylor McDonald and lead Heather Rogers joined Team Kelsey Rocque and Team Casey Scheidegger in advancing directly to the Nov. 20-28 Trials.

With the victory, Walker bypasses the Pre-Trials step for the first time in her career.

The main Trials will determine Canada's four-player teams for the Feb. 4-20 Beijing Olympics.

“We’re grateful that we get the chance to play and try to represent our country,” Walker said.

A Pre-Trials Direct Entry event was also being held this week in the nation's capital.

Earlier Sunday, Team Jill Brothers defeated Team Jessie Hunkin 8-6 to earn a spot in the Home Hardware Curling Pre-Trials.

Brothers won five straight games to clinch the final spot available through the Pre-Trials Direct Entry event.

The Oct. 26-31 Pre-Trials, to be held in Brothers' hometown of Liverpool, N.S., will determine the final entries in the Tim Hortons Curling Trials.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2021.

The Canadian Press