What time is it?

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

Derek Miller didn't have to look at his watch to understand when the celebration would start.

"Miller time, yeah," he said, after claiming the Alberta junior men's title with a 5-2 win over James Fletcher at the Thistle Club yesterday.

"We'll have to wait until we get home, though."

The normally stoic Miller even let out a smile.

"He's pretty even-keeled" said second Matt Enright.

"He's unexcitable.

"It's pretty impossible, which is good for a skip. You don't want a guy who's too high-strung."

Miller and his soft-spoken crew of Dustin Eckstrand, Enright and Lance Palamaruk have one thing in common. Their affiliation with Edmonton's Saville Centre is an address of convenience.

They're a group of four young men who grew up and learned the game in far-flung regions around northern Alberta. And they're in the city attending various educational institutions.

Yesterday, they held class and gave a lesson to Fletcher, handing the Shamrock skip his fourth loss in five meetings.

Fletcher's only win against Miller came in this week's round-robin.

"I played like crap. What can I say," said Fletcher.

"I probably only played, like, 50%. We were just plain outcurled. That's what it was."

Palamaruk, who's landed a job as an assistant golf pro in his hometown of Lac La Biche, figured this was about as good as his two career holes in one.

"It feels pretty good," said Palamaruk.

Eckstrand hails from Sedgewick and Enright calls Roseland home. This will be Enright's second trip to the Canadians in four years.

"It's awesome," said Enright, who was 17 when he threw lead rocks for 2002 champ Justin Jacobson.

"If you can curl like you do at the provincials, you're going to contend. It's just a matter of bringing your A-game to the nationals."

Enright will have to be the steadying force.

"There's a lot of distractions there," said Enright. "I might be able to help them out. It's pretty hard to keep them from getting too excited, though."

This is a much more veteran crew than the one Enright rode to Summerside, P.E.I., with in 2002. Only Esktrand has junior eligibility left.

"This is our last year. We had to do 'er," said Miller, who hails from Daysland. "We'll represent Alberta well."


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