Top teams make changes

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

The re-shuffling of some of Manitoba's top curling teams continues in earnest.

Both Fort Rouge's former provincial champion James Kirkness and Petersfield's Dave Boehmer will be among those who will introduce new personnel next season.

Kirkness has recruited Dan Kammerlock out of junior to play third, with Richard Daneault, who played for Boehmer the last few years, at second, and Adam Guenther at lead.

"I played against Dan a few times this year, and he impressed me, and he's a guy who's willing to play third for a few years," Kirkness said yesterday. "From what's available out there, I think I got the best third on the market."

That, of course, means that Kirkness and third Mike McEwen have parted ways amicably. McEwen, a two-time junior provincial champion, will return to skipping.

Both Daneault and lead Don Harvey are splitting with Boehmer.

"We're still good friends, we just needed a change," said third Pat Spiring.

But Boehmer's new front end is not finalized yet, and Spiring believes that both Daneault and Harvey will play in the Players' Championship later this month.

REWARDING: Manitoba second Greg Melnichuk was named a second-team all-star in his first Brier appearance.

"That was a thrill," said Melnichuk, who stuck with Valour Road's Randy Dutiaume after he split with his third and lead two months ago. "I just wanted to set my own personal thing to try to play as best as I could to try to keep up to guys like (Alberta's Scott) Pfeifer."

Dutiaume also won the Brier's Ross Harstone Award for sportsmanship.

"It's pretty good winning an award," he said. "It's not the one I wanted. But all the curlers vote on this and I'm pretty proud just to have (it)."

BITERS: Manitoba's Kerry Burtnyk will take a run at his last chance to qualify for an Olympic trials spot at the Canada Cup, which opens in Kamloops, B.C., today. Six of the 10 teams competing there already have trials berths, including Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton ... Those wishing to send e-mails to Team Canada's Jennifer Jones in Scotland are encouraged to use this address: info@womens2005worlds.com.


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