It's a Daley double

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:04 AM ET

BRANDON -- Daley Peters thought the first one was nice, so he did it twice.

The 20-year-old Winnipegger, along with his Fort Garry rink of B.J. Neufeld, Doug Hamblin and Marc Lacroix, won his second straight Manitoba junior men's curling championship yesterday with a 7-6 win over Steinbach's Dan Kammerlock at the Brandon Curling Club.

FIRST REPEAT WINNER SINCE 1997

Peters is the first repeat winner since Winnipeg's Ryan Fry in 1997.

With his last rock in the 10th and final end, Peters tapped back a Kammerlock stone that was partially covering the button.

That precise shot propelled his foursome to the national championship, which will be held Feb. 5-13 in Fredericton.

"It's awesome," Peters said.

"I wouldn't have thought in a million years you could come out of this province (twice), because there's so many good curlers and there's such a good group of guys that I grew up playing against.

"It's a pretty good feat for our team."

Neufeld and Lacroix were also on last year's winning team. Lacroix's older brother, Matthew, was replaced this season by Hamblin, who was the fifth on his older brother David's world championship squad in 2002.

In addition, the Peters crew is coached by the Hamblin family patriarch -- MCA president Lorne Hamblin -- who was at the helm of David's world championship team.

"I've been (to worlds), I've seen it all, and I just can't wait to try and do it for myself," Doug Hamblin said.

Kammerlock, who hammered Peters 7-3 in Sunday night's 1-1 page playoff game, led 4-2 after five ends yesterday.

But Peters, who needed an extra end to beat the Heather's Adam Norget 5-4 in yesterday morning's semifinal, scored two in the sixth and then stole two more in the seventh when Kammerlock's final stone -- a draw -- came up short.

"We were all playing really well up until that point," said Kammerlock, who lost the 2002 final to David Hamblin. "It was a blow on the scoreboard and a blow in our minds as well."

Kammerlock bounced back, however, with two in the eighth to make it 6-6. Peters then blanked the ninth to retain last rock, and now he gets a chance to improve on his third-place finish at last year's nationals.

"That was our goal all year, to come back and have a good showing (at nationals)," Peters said.

"But we're not looking to have a good showing this year.

"We're looking to win."

Kammerlock's rink, which includes Jason Gunnlaugson, Derek Samagalski and Dan McKenzie, won more than $10,000 this season competing against the men on the Manitoba Curling Tour.

Peters will play third for his father, Vic, in the men's division, but Kammerlock's quartet will stick together.

"Next year, going into men's, we definitely have an edge over any (former) junior that steps onto that ice," Kammerlock said.

"Even Daley, he's playing with Vic next year. That's great for him, getting the experience, but I think we can do it sticking together as juniors.

"We'll go out next year, and hopefully we can have a better season."


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