Brandon's Allan Lyburn knows he will have a lot of supporters at this year's Safeway Championship.
The men's provincials, after all, will be held in his hometown, Feb. 13-17.
Lyburn beat his brother, Willy, 6-5 in the final of the Brandon Berth Bonspiel last night to earn the short trip.
"There's some good teams going already and there will be a lot more," said Allan, supported by third Scott Ramsay, second Mark Taylor and Hub Perrin. "But it will be good to have a Brandon team there and sell more tickets."
Both Charleswood's Jeff Stoughton (defending champ) and Assiniboine Memorial's Kerry Burtnyk (top CTRS point-getter) have byes into the provincials.
"We've had a pretty good year but could have won more money," said Lyburn, 35, who has won $15,500 on the Manitoba Curling Tour. "But getting to the (provincials) was our first goal. You can't win if you're not there, and now we're there."
COUNTRY ZONES: Brandon's four-time provincial champ Lois Fowler was among the Scotties Tournament of Hearts rural zone winners. The others were: Carman's Kendra Green, Brandon's Liza Park, East St. Paul's Kim Link, Terry Ursel of Plumas, Michelle Hlady of The Pas, Bowsman's Linda Stewart and Morden's Chelsea Carey.
SKINS: As third for Ontario's Wayne Middaugh, Manitoba's Jon Mead lost the final of the $100,000 Casinos Rama Skins Game to Alberta's Kevin Martin in Orillia, Ont., yesterday. But Mead will still bring home his share of Middaugh's $29,000 total. Martin earned a total of $61,000 on the weekend.