The final rock has been swept and settled, but Skip Kirk Muyres and Team Saskatchewan are still relishing in the experience from participating at the Tim Horton's Brier Mens Curling Championship.
The team advanced into the championship pool against the nations best and finished with a record of 5-6.
"It was unbelievable, the Brier is what we play for, and it feels like you're a celebrity for a week. I was really proud of the way the entire team played throughout the week, it made you realize what we're capable of," said Muyres.
This was Muyres 5th time at the Brier, but first as a skip which carriers the extra pressure and responsibilities while wearing the Saskatchewan crest and colours.
"When I took the job at the beginning of the year, that's what I knew I wanted. I wanted to feel those nerves and that pressure, those are feelings you don't get anywhere else in life. To be able to throw that last rock wearing the Saskatchewan crest on your back, representing a million people, that's second to none. Hopefully, I can get another chance again over the next few years."
The 2019 Brier was held in Brandon, Manitoba, which for team Saskatchewan, made for a home town feel.
"That atmosphere was so good. We weren't the home town team, but we were definitely second in line. It seemed every draw there was 1000 to 2000 people cheering for us and hanging on our every move, so it almost felt like a home town Brier for us, it was amazing."
Along with Kirk throwing the final rock, the rest of the team created storylines as well. His brother and team lead Dallen was named as a First Team All-Star for the tournament, while Dan and Kevin Marsh competed in their first Brier.
"Dan and Kevin said it was the best week of their lives, and we went 5-6, so I can't imagine what a Brier would be like if you can get into the playoffs and win the thing. That's not an easy thing to do, for a curler to go into their first Brier and play as good as they did. As for Dallen, he is always a consistent player, he always does the things we need as a team. He's an amazing sweeper, helping all the other teammates along, and he makes all his shots. Leads don't often get the recognition, but he's the caddy that holds this team together. He's one of the best players in Canada and that award shows it. I'm honoured to get to play with him and really excited he got that recognition."
Muyres said the team is still soaking in the experience while taking a few days off, but are already focused on closing the gap between them and the top few teams in the nation. Muyres will have to 'hurry hard' out of relaxation mode, as he is competing in the Mixed Doubles National Championship in Fredericton, NB with his doubles partner Laura Walker starting on Tuesday, March 19th. Team Muyres' next competition is the Champions Cup in Saskatoon at the end of April.