Peters squad now all in the family affair

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

The first part of his dream will be realized early next month. Only time will tell if the second part will ever come true.

Vic Peters has amicably parted ways with his third, Mark Lukowich, after only half a season together and replaced him with his son, Daley. Years ago, Peters told The Sun that his dream was to play with his son in the Brier one day -- just like Orest Meleschuk did with his son, Sean, in 1989.

"We've talked about it for years," the Granite skip said yesterday. "We didn't plan on doing this until next year but it made no sense to keep plugging away at something that just wasn't working. And I'm not blaming Digger (Lukowich).

WILL TRY TO REPEAT

"It should be interesting because it will be two parents playing with two kids on the same team. But we're not doing it for the sake of that. We wouldn't do it if we didn't think we could win. I'm looking forward to it."

Chris Neufeld remains the second and his son, Denny, is at lead.

"We will be curling together and I'll be with him in that (Grand) Slam here (Winnipeg at the end of January) so, I'm real excited about that," said Daley, who will try to repeat as the junior men's provincial champion in Brandon Jan. 6-10.

Daley's junior schedule could cause some problems. If he makes it to the final day, that will conflict with the opening of the Safeway Select city zone playdowns. And if he successfully defends his title, the national juniors conflict with February's Select in Selkirk.

"His juniors will take precedence if he gets fortunate enough to win in Brandon," said Vic, who did not list a fifth man on his zone entry.

Randy Dutiaume will play third for Peters at the Manitoba Curling Tour Championship, which also conflicts with the provincial juniors.

BRUSHING CONCERN

Then there's another factor.

"This could be kind of interesting because he's a bit stubborn and I'm a bit stubborn, and we've both got tempers," said Vic, 49.

Daley, 19, is also concerned about his brushing since he has skipped since Little Rock.

"I tried to get (Vic) to bump down (to third) so I wouldn't have to sweep," he joked.

"I told him to quit smoking and get into shape because he has to sweep now," Vic said.

Lukowich almost reunited with Dave Elias and Shane Kilgallen, who have split with Murray Woodward, but will likely sit out the rest of the season.

"We had high expectations but it just wasn't happening," he said. "It's an early end. I made a big decision to change teams and get an opportunity to play in the Slams. But it just didn't work out."


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