Who is Colleen Jones’ son at the Brier? Meet Luke Saunders, who is making his men’s curling championship debut

For years it was impossible to talk about the Scotties Tournament of Hearts without mentioning Colleen Jones. Now we have Jones moving on to talking about the 2023 Tim Hortons Brier.

The two-time women’s world champion and six-time Scotties winner was in attendance at the Canadian Men’s Curling Championships at Budweiser Gardens in London.

No, she neither competes nor works as a broadcaster. Instead, Jones is in the fan section, supporting her son in his Brier debut.

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Who is Jones’ son? The Sporting News has all the details on the legendary curler’s offspring.

Who is Colleen Jones’ son?

Jones’ son is Luke Saunders, who is currently competing in his first-ever Brier for Nova Scotia.

The 29-year-old has been curling for years but has finally cracked a crack on Canada’s most prominent curling stage.

“It’s been in his blood for a long time,” Jones told The Canadian Press. “To see him — I mean look at that arena, those lights, that feeling — I’m just so proud.”

In his youth, Saunders spent a lot of time on the curling rink to support his mother. Now his mother returns the favor and acts as one of the Brier’s biggest Nova Scotia fans.

“Luke always walked around arenas in either a Canadian flag or a Nova Scotia flag,” Jones said. “He was a really good cheerer … he would lead the Canadian cheer (at world championships) or the Nova Scotia cheer with the Scotties.

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“So you want to give some of that back because you know sometimes it can lift a player. ‘We are with you and we have you.’ So I’m all decked out.”

What team does Luke Saunders play on?

Saunders competes third in Nova Scotia’s Matthew Manuel’s team.

Manuel’s side also consists of leading Nick Zachernuk and second Jeffrey Meagher. Ryan Abraham is his deputy and the team is coached by Kevin Patterson.

The crew is based in Halifax, where they call the Halifax Curling Club home. Compared to the rest of the field at the 2023 Brier, the Nova Scotia crew is quite young.

“This is the biggest event they’ve ever played in,” Jones said. “They’ve played in arenas before, but not like this where TV cameras shoot up your nose and your mom wears a Nova Scotia flag. There is a lot at stake.”

When is Briers 2023?

This tournament starts on Friday March 3rd and runs until Sunday March 12th.

Pool game will be held from 3rd to 9th. The playoffs and page playoffs take place on the 10th and 11th before the semifinals and finals round out the action on the 12th.

What channel is the Briers 2023 on?

The Briers airs on TSN, with live streaming on and on the TSN App.

Longtime curling announcer Vic Rauter will be in the dressing room, sharing play-by-play duties with Bryan Mudryk. Cathy Gauthier and Russ Howard join the team as analysts.

2023 Brier broadcast schedule
Date time (ET) Match channel
Friday March 3rd 19 o’clock pool game TSN1
Saturday March 4th 14 o’clock pool game TSN1/4
19 o’clock pool game TSN1/3
Sunday March 5th 9 am pool game TSN1/3
14 o’clock pool game TSN1
19 o’clock pool game TSN1/3/5
Monday, March 6th 9 am pool game TSN1/4
14 o’clock pool game TSN1/4
19 o’clock pool game TSN1
Tuesday March 7th 9 am pool game TSN1/4
14 o’clock pool game TSN1/4
19 o’clock pool game TSN1/3
Wednesday March 8th 9 am pool game TSN1/4
14 o’clock pool game TSN1/4
19 o’clock pool game TSN1/4
Thursday, March 9th 9 am pool game TSN1/4
14 o’clock pool game TSN1/5
19 o’clock pool game TSN1
Friday March 10th 8:30 am Tiebreaker TSN1/4
13 o’clock final 1 TSN1/4
19 o’clock endgame 2 TSN1
Saturday March 11th 13 o’clock side playoff TSN1/3
19 o’clock side playoff TSN1
Sunday March 12th 12 o’clock semifinals TSN1/3
19 o’clock final TSN1/4
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Where will Brier 2023 take place?

The 42nd edition of the tournament will be held at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. The arena is home to the OHL’s London Knights.

This was the third time London had hosted the Brier, having previously held the event in 1874 and 2011.

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