One serious senior

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:44 PM ET

Vic Peters watched his final shot of the day, an easy takeout for three that capped an easy win, and grimaced as his rock spun towards the boards after it removed the opponent's stone.

Peters' rock remained in the rings because his opposition didn't sweep it -- the game was over anyway -- but Peters was obviously displeased with his effort.

"You try to make every shot," Peters said afterwards in the lounge of the Heather Curling Club, sipping a cold one. "I played competitively so long, it's hard to wrap yourself around the fun.

"It should be more fun at my age now. And it is fun, but I still don't have fun when I'm not throwing it good."

'GIVE IT A GO'

The Winnipeg curling legend added something new to his resume yesterday: a zone victory that earned him a berth in the provincial senior men's curling championship.

Peters, who went into zones as the No. 1 seed, downed Fort Rouge's Doug Hooper 9-2 in yesterday's B-final, negating the need for an A-B final because Peters won the A-side on Friday.

So Peters, a three-time provincial men's champion now supported by Doug Harrison, Chris Neufeld and Doug Holmes, will go after his first senior men's championship in Beausejour, Feb. 21-25.

"Our goal was to get to the provincials," Peters said, "and we'll give it a good go."

The 52-year-old has been eligible for senior men's play for a few years now, but he decided to stay in the men's division to play with his son, Daley, who is off on his own this season.

Peters probably would have stayed away from the senior men's class again this year, but his new men's team was unable to play in the Canada Cup qualifier in Ottawa due to Ken Tresoor's work commitments.

It also didn't hurt that Harrison dangled a carrot, noting that some of Peters' contemporaries, like Al Hackner and Rick Folk, were dominating the senior divisions in their respective provinces.

"That was a little lure to get Vic to play," said Harrison, who won provincial senior men's titles in 2005 and 2006 with Howie Restall. "I threw the line out."

Among those joining Peters in Beausejour will be the defending provincial champ, Lionel Walz of Pembina.

Walz squeaked out a 4-3, extra-end win over club mate Les Hooper yesterday afternoon in the B final of their zone.

Walz, who curls with Bill Menzies, Laurie Leclair and Brian DeRiviere, said it's great to be going back to defend his title, but he believes Peters will be the one to beat at the provincial championship.

"Vic's pretty much in a class of his own," Walz said. "It's good to have him on the senior circuit this year. It's good for seniors curling, to get guys like that out. I know he's got a busy schedule, but he'll do well at provincials. I'm sure he'll be the favourite.

"... We're the defending champs, and we're going back. Son of a gun. It's nice to go back and try and defend your title, see what you can do again."

OFF TO PROVINCIALS

The Winnipeg teams that won their zone titles yesterday at the Heather Curling Club and will compete in the Strathcona Senior Men's Curling Championship in Beausejour, Feb. 21-25, 2008:

Zone 10

B Final

Vic Peters (Granite) 9 Doug Hooper (Fort Rouge) 2

Zone 11

B Final

Ron Westcott (Ft. Rouge) 8 Jim Kirkness (Ft. Rouge) 4

Zone 12

B Final

Lionel Walz (Pembina) 4 Les Hooper (Pembina) 3 (ee)

Zone 13

A-B Final

Gary Gumprich (Granite) 9 John Bubbs (Wildewood) 3

Zone 14

A-B Final

Clare DeBlonde (Ft. Rouge) 6 Len Jackson (Charleswood) 4


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