Hair today, win tomorrow

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

BRANDON -- If all goes to plan, Daley Peters will be one hairy dude when curling season rolls around next fall.

The 20-year-old Winnipegger, who won his first provincial junior men's curling crown last January, hasn't cut his hair since finishing a disappointing third at the national championship in Victoria last February.

Peters, along with his Fort Garry rink of B.J. Neufeld, Doug Hamblin and Marc Lacroix, has put himself in position to repeat at this year's provincial junior men's championship at the Brandon Curling Club.

However, his hairy plan hit a bit of a snag last night when he got hammered 7-3 by Steinbach's Dan Kammerlock in the 1-1 page playoff game.

Kammerlock, the No. 1 seed, scored three in the first end and never looked back en route to today's final at 1 p.m.

"The boys couldn't have played any better," said Kammerlock, who lost in his only other final appearance in 2002.

Peters, the second seed, will play in this morning's semifinal against the Heather's Adam Norget, who stole a point in the 11th end of the 2-2 game last night to beat No. 3 seed David Kraichy, of Winkler, 6-5. Kraichy's last rock -- a draw attempt -- was heavy, and now he's out of the event.

Peters completed a 6-1 round-robin yesterday morning with a 7-5 win over Brandon's Colby Taylor to finish first in his pool.

Kammerlock and Norget, the fourth seed, tied for first at 6-1 in the other pool, but Kammerlock got the top spot by virtue of his 5-4 extra-end win over Norget on Saturday night.

If Peters emerges as the champ today, his long locks will stay. And if he wins nationals and worlds, the hair will keep on growing.

"If we don't win this weekend, it's getting buzzed," Peters said yesterday. "I want it long. I want it down to here (past his shoulders) by the end of the year, after worlds.

'LOOKING LIKE AXL ROSE'

"If we win worlds, it's growing 'til next year. I'll be looking like Axl Rose sooner or later."

Peters' famous curling father, Vic, was asked if he was happy about his son's hairstyle plans.

"Not really," he said.

If rock-star hair is the price of winning, however, the elder Peters probably won't mind. There hasn't been a repeat junior men's champ since Ryan Fry did so in 1997.

"It's always a great accomplishment for a kid to have two Buffaloes by the time he hits men's," Vic Peters said. "Even one is a feat in our province. Because even though it seems like our curling prowess is dwindling a bit in this province, it still is quite a feat."

With three of the top four seeds still alive, Peters and Co. will have to be at the top of their game today.

"It seemed like we had one good weekend and one bad weekend, but it's starting to all come together now," Peters said. "We're peaking at the right time."

Peters, who is in his final year of junior, will join his dad for the provincial men's zone playdowns later this week and then the Grand Slam's Canadian Open at MTS Centre in three weeks.

That exciting future, he said, alleviates any pressure he might feel today.

"If I hadn't won last year, I definitely would be putting a lot more pressure on myself," Peters said. "There's still the drive there, of course, but I can take it in stride now if we don't happen to do it.

"And I can say that I had a pretty decent junior career and move on to bigger and better things."


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