Tuesday 4 April 2017
For Edmonton residents, it’s nothing new to see orange and blue playing on the ice surface at the Northlands Coliseum.
As the previous home arena of the Canadian NHL hockey team, the Edmonton Oilers, there’s one team in particular who are happy to see the odd orange Oiler jersey in the crowd – team Netherlands, who is led by skip Jaap Van Dorp, followed by third Wouter Goesgens, second Laurens Hoekman, lead Carlo Glasbergen, alternate Alexander Magan and coach, Canadian native Shari Leibbrant-Demmon.
“[The worlds] have been great – we love the crowd. We noticed that a lot of people are really respectful and have been cheering us on. I think they’re also seeing the work that we put in and we’re having some close games and we definitely belong here,” said skip Van Dorp.
One of the perks of coming from a country with few and far curlers between means you get to know your teammates pretty well.
“Carlo [lead] and I have been together for quite a long time – we’ve curled for 13, 14 years together. We’ve played together with Shari [coach] for a long time, she’s trained us throughout juniors. We grew up together curling,” Van Dorp said.