Kraichy gets another shot

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:00 PM ET

Just 13 days ago, David Kraichy watched in agony as his junior curling career came to an end because of a rock that was released from his hand. It was the 11th end of the 2-2 Page playoff game at the provincial junior men's championship at the Brandon Curling Club. Kraichy, a Winnipegger who curls out of Winkler, had the hammer in that extra end against Winnipeg's Adam Norget.

The last shot of the end belonged to Kraichy. He shot out of the hack, released the stone, and everything was looking good.

The rock, however, kept going. And going. And going.

Norget stole one and the game.

"It's part of curling," Kraichy said yesterday. "You'll make 10 of those and you'll miss 10 of those.

"It just happened at an unfortunate time."

On the other hand, Murray Woodward's phone call came at a great time for Kraichy. Woodward, the Ste. Anne skip who made it to the semifinals of last year's Safeway Select men's provincial championship, split with his team after losing in zone playdowns and was looking for some young blood.

He called Kraichy and the 20-year-old wasted little time in deciding to join Woodward as his third. Kraichy then called two buddies -- Adam Walker and Tyler Forrest -- and now they're all chasing one of final five Select berths awarded through the 117th annual MCA Men's Bonspiel.

Kraichy would love to get back to the Select, considering he had somewhat of a Cinderella run last year in Brandon. He won two straight games before bowing out with losses to former world champion Jeff Stoughton and, coincidentally, Woodward.

"I don't want it to be another 20 years before I get back," Kraichy said, "so the sooner the better."

Woodward improved to 2-0 last night in one main event, but he lost his first game in the other yesterday afternoon.

NOTABLE NAMES: Morris' David Hamblin, Assiniboine-Memorial's Kerry Burtnyk, St. Vital's Bill Kuran, Ste. Anne's Renaud Gagne, Deer Lodge's Sean Grassie and St. Vital's Doug Riach were all 2-0 in one main event and 1-0 in the other heading into last night's late draw.

All the aforementioned teams are still searching for Select berths.

Hamblin, the defending MCA grand aggregate champ, will take on Gagne, who won the Manitoba Curling Tour championship two weeks ago, today at noon in Dugald.

Baldur's Rob Ramage lost in one main event yesterday afternoon but was still alive and playing in the other late last night.

On the other side of the draw, Valour Road's Randy Dutiaume and the Granite's John Bubbs were also a combined 3-0 in the two main events.

WINTER WINS: Due to the bad weather conditions yesterday, MCA officials reported 57 defaults called in for the 6 and 9 p.m. draws.

Road conditions were hazardous, and with curling clubs in Selkirk, Dugald, Rosser, La Salle and Stony Mountain being used for the bonspiel, the number of defaults wasn't surprising.


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