Bohns back in Select

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:11 AM ET

The Bohn brothers will finally be back at Manitoba's big show.

Twins David and Dennis Bohn took the province by storm back in 2002, earning the No. 3 seed at the Safeway Select in Neepawa and the distinction of youngsters on the rise. But they went bang-bang and failed to return since.

Until this year. The Bohns earned the first spot available into the 2006 provincials when their revamped Valour Road foursome defeated Pembina's Bill Kuran 5-2 in the final of the Select's southern berth spiel in Morden yesterday.

"I guess it has been a while," David said from Morden moments after the victory. "There has been a lot of curling since then."

And some changes. Dennis dropped to second with Taren Gesell, who just turned 23, coming aboard at third. Lead A.J. Girardin, 43, was recruited from the James Kirkness squad.

The Bohns will make their third appearance in the Select, to be held in Steinbach, Feb. 8-12.

"We hope for a better showing than last time," said David, 30. "We've certainly got a lot of time to relax and play in some cashspiels and we don't have to worry about the grind of going through the zones or the MCA (bonspiel)."

Gesell, who played third for Doug Harrison last year, will make his second consecutive trip while it's the sixth for Girardin.

Bohn cracked a three in the sixth end to take a 5-1 lead, then held on for the victory.

"I actually made a triple, then a little come-around tap-out for the three and that was a pretty discouraging three for them," Bohn said. "The ice here was fast and relatively straight that it was pretty easy to hold on to the lead."

Bohn also earned about $2,500 while Kuran, who is still seeking his first Select spot, collected around $1,750 as consolation. In the semifinals, Bohn had advanced by eliminating clubmate Sean Grassie 6-3 while Kuran clubbed Neepawa's Kelly Robertson 10-4.

In the quarter-finals, Bohn bounced clubmate Ryan Fry, the runner-up at last year's Select, while Kuran beat Carberry's Kelly Marnoch 9-5. Grassie had beaten St. Vital's Collin Sundell 8-6 while Robertson defeated Virden's Murray Jorgenson 8-4.

CORRECTION -- NBC actually plans to broadcast one Olympic curling match -- per day -- over the 12-day spiel, not just one game only as was indicated here yesterday.


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