The Brothers Kammerlock will finally be playing on the same provincial pebble.
So will Brothers Gunnlaugson and Samagalski.
For years, David Kammerlock has watched his older brother, Daniel, skip one of the top teams in the provincial championships after he was frustrated in his efforts to get there himself. Not this year. As second for West St. Paul's Ryan Coy, the younger Kammerlock finally earned his first trip to the Target Junior Men's and Women's Provincial Playdowns, to be played in Brandon Jan. 6-10.
"It's amazing after so many years of trying to get in there," David, 18, said after Coy downed West Kildonan's Travis Hoare 7-2 in an A-B city zone final at the Deer Lodge Curling Club yesterday. "It wasn't frustrating but this will be a nice change. Instead of sitting on the sidelines cheering him on, I'll be playing against my big brother. Maybe it will be an all-brother final. That would be interesting."
Coy is also supported by third Matt Gunnlaugson and lead Tyler Samagalski, both 18. Their older brothers, Jason Gunnlaugson (third) and Derek Samagalski (second) play for Daniel Kammerlock, who also won his rural zone spot last night.
Coy, who turns 19 this week, will make his fourth trip to the provincials but is hoping this one will erase the bitter memory of last year's competition. One of his players was suspended before it started after being charged for an illegal infraction away from the rink, and Coy curled with just three players the rest of the week.
"That was more of a write-off than anything," said Coy, whose only returning player is Samagalski. "You're not going to win the province with three people. You always want to get to the provincials but that was another reason to get back."
Meanwhile, Fort Garry's Daley Peters was hard-pressed to get back to defend his Manitoba title, needing an extra end to finally overcome West Kildonan's stubborn Travis Bale 6-5 in an A-B final. In fact, Peters got a lucky break in the 10th end when Bale's hit for the win jammed.
"Yeah, we got lucky," Peters conceded. "And not a lot of those go our way. But those guys played pretty good and we played pretty poor all week so, we made it pretty tough on ourselves. That skip made a lot of shots and I played pretty bad all weekend."
Peters, 20, was bothered by an ankle he turned two weeks ago but still figured he should have performed better.
"I put as much pressure on myself as anyone can handle," said Peters, supported by third B.J. Neufeld, second Doug Hamblin and Marc Lacroix (all 18). "I know I can make all the shots and I'm disappointed if I don't."
Other rural winners included: David Kraichy, Colby Taylor, Kevin Mark, Kyle Peters and Kody Janzen, as well as Jolene Rutter and Courtney Reeves in junior women's.
BITERS: Neepawa's John Csversko beat Brandon's reigning provincial champion Neil Andrews 7-6 to win a senior men's berth bonspiel in Killarney ... St. Vital's Trevor Loreth earned $3,500 by winning a Manitoba Curling Tour spiel in Morris.