Missed opportunity plagues jr. champ

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:41 AM ET

The memory preys upon his mind and inspires Daley Peters to make amends in his last year as a junior. Fort Garry's reigning junior men's provincial champion just missed what would have been the winning shot in the semifinal at the nationals last year.

"I think about that, still, every day," Peters said (yesterday). "I'd like to get back there and make up for it. I missed an angle-raise with my last rock. It was a pretty makable shot.

"But I've got to get (to provincials) first, then deal with (defending the title)."

Peters, 20, is the top seed for the city zones, which open at the Deer Lodge Curling Club today.

RECOVERING

Trouble is, Peters is still recovering from an injury suffered during the berth bonspiel two weeks ago. He turned an ankle while playing football between games and was forced to miss the last two matches. His team failed to qualify without him. He had not thrown a rock since until this week.

"It's starting to feel better," he said.

Peters lost longtime third Matt Lacroix, who graduated out of junior, and has had an uneven season thus far.

"We had a good start," Peters said. "We played my dad (Vic) in the Phoenix (Bonspiel) and ended up winning. But it's been up-and-down since."

B.J. Neufeld moved up from second to replace Lacroix.

A LITTLE STRANGE

"It's a little strange because I curled with Matt for seven years but me and B.J. have handled it pretty well," said Peters, also supported by second Doug Hamblin and Marc Lacroix.

Peters also sympathized with Pembina's former junior champ Reid Carruthers, who was denied entry because the Manitoba Curling Association never received his entry form.

"It's unfortunate for them," he said. "It was probably a big pain in the ass."

Rounding out the top five seeds are: Heather's Adam Norget, West St. Paul's Ryan Coy, Cory Chambers of Deer Lodge and Fort Garry's Riley Nielsen.

Pembina's Kaitlyn Lawes is the No. 1 seed for the junior women zones, which will be played at Deer Lodge at the same time. Rounding out the top five are: Victoria's Alison Nimik, Chelsea Carey and Heather Pierson, both of the Granite, and Wildewood's Jackelynn Payne.


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