Passing the torch

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:19 AM ET

Alert Hollywood. The new father-son curling combo was an instant hit.

Manitoba's former Brier champion Vic Peters introduced his son, Daley, as his new third to the top curlers in the country yesterday.

And the pair then promptly plucked off Alberta's living legends headed up by Randy Ferbey 12-7 in the opening round of the Grand Slam's Canadian Open before 3,145 fans at the MTS Centre.

"Oh, it was fun," said the proud poppa, who cracked a six in the ninth end to salt the game away. "You couldn't have envisioned a better debut really -- especially winning. I just wanted a close game, really, to get him in tune with this kind of environment and playing guys like that because they don't let up for a minute, and we were fortunate to come out on the right end of that one. But that was the debut you'd like to have if you were trying to write a script.

DREAM COME TRUE

"It was good to introduce him to this level. Juniors is great curling too, but he's been watching Ferbey and those guys on TV for a lot of years. And to step on to the ice with them, for him, is definitely a dream come true. He looks across and sees (Ontario's Glenn) Howard and (Norway's Paal) Trulsen and (Manitoba's Jeff) Stoughton. That's got to be pretty neat for him at that age."

Actually, it would be pretty neat for most curlers at any age. And intimidating.

And yes, the kid was nervous.

"I just didn't want to throw up a 25 per-center or something like that, I'd look like an ass then," said Daley, 20. "I made a couple (shots) and I missed a couple that I shouldn't have missed. But not bad for my first one.

"I was kinda thinking during the game, we're beating a two-time world champion and Ferbey is a five-time Brier champion so, it's pretty good."

Vic, 49, had actually planned to take a conservative approach so as not to put too much pressure on the kid.

"I said we're starting off with a pretty tough opponent so, I was going to try to keep it a little simpler," he admitted. "He said, 'No, if we get a chance, let's go after them.'"

It was that kind of philosophy that led to Daley's two straight junior men's provincial titles.

DID NOT EMBARRASS

And he certainly did not embarrass the old man.

"He was good," Vic said. "There were a couple on the outside that he knew he threw a little wide. But most of the time, his weight was good. I don't think he missed a draw, except for the one on the outside. He did everything you want a third to do."

That included a long raise double-takeout in the eighth end, which prompted applause from the crowd.

"That's pretty cool because you don't get that in juniors," Daley said.

Ironically, Vic missed a similar shot in the same end.

"I'm going to have to rub that in afterwards," Daley said.

"He throws those better than I do," Vic conceded.

Peters has dreamed about playing with his son at a Brier since Daley was 16. This may not be the Brier, with its history and tradition, but with this field, it's close.

"With this arena and this crowd, it's exactly like a Brier," Vic said. "It's exactly the same environment. I mean, you might have fewer people than the last one I was in in Calgary (1997). But this one was louder and it's a little more intimate."

Daley has cheered for Vic at three different Canadian championships and playing for his father was special.

"It was fun," he said. "We got along pretty good out there, actually."

But Daley, who has skipped throughout his junior career, is still adjusting to sweeping.

"It was very bad," he said. "I will definitely have to quit smoking if I keep on doing this."

If he keeps doing this, another chapter in that script will be written.


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