Select zone a low priority

JIM BENDER, STAFF REPORTER

, Last Updated: 10:57 AM ET

If he had his druthers, Dan Kammerlock would be forced to default his first game in the Safeway Select city zone playdowns. Kammerlock is scheduled to play Monday at 6 p.m. But he is hoping to be busy in Brandon on Monday afternoon when the finals for the Target Junior Men's and Women's Provincial Championships are held.

"Hopefully, we'll have to miss it (the city zone game)," Kammerlock said from Brandon yesterday. "That would be a nice problem to have."

Although Kammerlock is representing Steinbach in Brandon, his junior foursome will be playing out of Valour Road in the city zones because his Select rural zone would have conflicted with a Manitoba Curling Tour event. Kammerlock, who is missing the MCT championships to play in the provincials, was seeded 14th in the city zones, thanks to his MCT success.

"We're still juniors and it's quite an honour to be seeded in the Select zones," he said. "And it's nice that some of the men's teams have recognized us."

The competitors do the seeding.

Kammerlock improved to 4-0 at the provincials heading into the final two days of the round robin.

"It's good to get a good start because we still have to play the stronger teams near the end so, we'll be going into them with more confidence," he said.

Assiniboine Memorial's Kerry Burtnyk was named the top seed in the zones that start Monday, with Dave Boehmer, now of Grain Exchange, No. 2, the Manitoba Curling Association announced. Rounding out the top seven are: Fort Garry's Vic Peters, James Kirkness of Fort Rouge, St. Vital's Dave Smith and John Bubbs and Bill Kuran, both of Granite. Peters plays his first game Tuesday so his son, Daley, will not have the same conflict as Kammerlock should he make it to the final.

Seven Select spots will be up for grabs in the city zones that will run through Sunday.

Charleswood's Jeff Stoughton has already earned a Select spot as the top-ranked Manitoba foursome on the Canadian Team Ranking System.

MCT: Carberry's Rob Van Kommer opened the Labatt MCT Championships by upsetting Peters 8-6 in an extra end in Steinbach. But Van Kommer was then whitewashed 7-0 by Ste. Anne's Renaud Gagne in Ste. Anne. Gagne advances to an A-side qualifier versus Granite's John Bubbs this afternoon.

James Kirkness also advanced to an A qualifier while others were being determined on the late draw.

Peters, who has Randy Dutiaume at third, rebounded by bouncing Valour Road's Howie Restall 8-3 on the B side.

Some of the women were playing their first games last night.

DOOMSDAY: Seems the MCA has reason to panic over entries into its annual men's bonspiel after all. The total to yesterday afternoon was only a pitiful 360, more than 150 short of the perfect draw with just 12 days to go.

"There's a little less than what I led you to believe," MCA events co-ordinator Resby Coutts said apologetically.

The MCA will accept entries right up until the first rock is tossed.


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