Family Feud

Skip Peter Corner of the Glanford Curling Club strategizes at the Kia Cup in Whitby last night....

Skip Peter Corner of the Glanford Curling Club strategizes at the Kia Cup in Whitby last night. (Toronto Sun/Veronica Henri)

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:44 AM ET

They were born six months apart.

They grew up just two blocks from each other in a Brampton neighbourhood.

They basked in the euphoria of winning a world championship back in 1993 on a team that also included skip Russ Howard and his brother, Glenn.

Peter Corner and Wayne Middaugh certainly have shared a lot of special moments over the years.

Tomorrow afternoon won't be one of them.

Corner and Middaugh are more than just friends, they are cousins. Yet when the two skips lead their respective teams onto the ice here at the Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby for Draw 7 of the Kia Cup provincial curling championship tomorrow, they'll be looking to bury each other -- at least on the scoreboard.

Just call it curling's version of Family Feud.

"We're good buddies but I can tell you this. He wants to beat me bad and I want to beat him bad," Corner said yesterday.

"It's always extra special because the crowd always seems to enjoy it when we play each other."

Can any lingering bitterness be expected from the loser?

"We're pretty competitive and each want to win pretty bad, but we have to remember that we still have to eat Christmas dinner together,"Middaugh said before breaking into laughter.

While Middaugh might be the more familiar name to the casual curling fan, Corner's resume is very impressive. Along with helping Canada capture a world title 12 years ago, one of the highlights of his illustrious career came at the 2000 provincial championship when he beat Middaugh in the final and earned a berth in the Labatt Brier.

"I think that would be a very special memory if Wayne and I could meet in the final (again)," Corner said. "We grew up hanging out on the golf course and the rink together but this is a bit different."

Through the first four draws of the championship, both men are doing their part to at least reach the playoff round on the weekend.

Middaugh and Glenn Howard sit atop the standings at 4-0 while Corner is right behind at 3-1. Corner's lone loss came to Howard's Coldwater & District Curling Club team, a 6-4 setback yesterday afternoon.

"To beat the A-Class teams like that, you have to take advantage of your opportunities," Corner said. "We just didn't do that against Glenn."

Howard and Middaugh will square off tonight in what many observers consider to be a preview of the final. But Corner could have a say in that by the time all is said and done.

Organizers report that tickets are available for all remaining draws of the competition.


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