STEINBACH -- Garry Van Den Berghe made history in what looks like his last season on the competitive curling scene.
Jeff Stoughton's second tied Bryan Wood for the most Manitoba titles by a front ender with five when the Charleswood crew won yesterday's Safeway Select.
"It feels good to accomplish something," he said. "It would have been a tough loss for us had we lost here (yesterday). The Olympic trials was a tough loss, and to come through here and win it and play as well as we did, it feels great."
Stoughton downed Valour Road's Reid Carruthers, whose third, Jason Gunnlaugson, is Van Den Berghe's nephew.
"I feel bad for Jason, my nephew. He's such a good young player, and it's the third final he's lost," Van Den Berghe said, referring to a pair of previous junior losses. "But I know he's got many more ahead of him and I'm hanging on by a thread."
HE OBJECTS: Although he had just won the provincial championship, Stoughton's lead, Steve Gould, is still rankled by a setup where a team can lose only one game at the Select and lose the championship.
"I really think that they've got to re-do the format," he said. "That's twice now where we could lose with one loss."
That's the way it happened just two years ago.
"The system's bull," Gould said. "And Jon Mead didn't get the all-star third, that's unbelievable."
Gunnlaugson was named the all-star third, while Gould was the lead.
NO FERBEY: Alberta's Randy Ferbey will not be back to defend his Brier title this year.
Calgary's John Morris nipped Ferbey 6-5 Saturday night to snap his string of five straight Alberta championships.
"I knew we weren't going to win 10 in a row," Ferbey told the Edmonton Sun. "I knew it was going to end sooner or later."
That should give this year's Brier a different look, Stoughton suggested.
"They had a great run, so it's going to be interesting without Randy there," Stoughton said. "It's sort of been his little bonspiel for the last five or six years. It's good that there will be different guys there.
"We want to bring the Brier (title) back to Manitoba, where it belongs."
Kevin Martin went on to win the Alberta title.
Elsewhere, Ontario's Glenn Howard, Quebec's Jean-Michel Menard, Northern Ontario's Rob Gordon, P.E.I.'s Rod MacDonald and N.B.'s James Grattan also won their provincial championships, with more results still to be determined.
BITER: Don Harvey, Stoughton's fifth here, has been asked to coach his sister, Janet, at the Scott Tournament of Hearts. His wife, Alison, will join the squad as its fifth.