Hamblin wins again

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

The hometown hero just added another Buffalo to his belt.

Former junior men's world champion David Hamblin defeated Mike McEwen of Fort Rouge 9-5 in the final of the Meyers Norris Penny Manitoba mixed championship at his home rink, the Morris Curling Club, last night.

It was Hamblin's third provincial title.

"It feels unbelievable," Hamblin said by phone from Morris. "You just can't turn down another Buffalo.

"It's (mixed) a little different, but the competition is at such a high level here that there's not that much difference."

Hamblin won the 2000 junior men's provincial crown at third for Matt Wozniak and the 2002 title, the year he went on to capture both the Canada and the world crowns.

"I was happy to do one for my hometown of Morris," added Hamblin, who won his world title representing the Pembina Curling Club. "And there were a lot of fans out here."

It was also the second Manitoba title for both third Kristen Williamson, who won a junior women's, and second Ross Derksen, who played third for Hamblin on his world championship team.

Also supported by lead Kendra Green, Hamblin will represent Manitoba at the 2006 national mixed championship, to be played in Whitehorse, Yukon, Nov. 19-26, 2005.

The victory also made amends for the disappointment of failing to qualify for the Safeway Select this year.

"We started the season off well, then ended it well," said Hamblin, 23. "So that's a good sign for next year. Both Ross and myself played better than we had for awhile. And obviously, the girls played well, too."

Hamblin advanced by beating Brandon's former mixed champ Rob Fowler 8-6 in the semifinal.

McEwen, who had also won a pair of junior men's provincial titles as well as a Manitoba mixed, downed Fowler 5-3 in the 1-vs-1 Page playoff match.

Hamblin bounced St. Vital's Renaud Gagne, the Manitoba Curling Tour champion, 7-3 in the 2-vs-2 game.


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