Good a little bit better to earn berth

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:07 AM ET

His opponent made some great shots but Pembina's Sam Good was just a little bit better.

Good drew a piece of the button facing three counters surrounding it midway through the match to salt away a 9-3 victory over Wilde-wood's Matt Dunstone in a junior men's city zone final at the Pembina Curling Club yesterday.

"After that in-off he made (to lie three), I thought we were in trouble big time," said Good, a University of Manitoba engineering student. "I didn't think it (his draw) was going to come around and it just stopped in time."

'LONG TIME COMING'

Good, 18, earned his first trip to the Target Junior Men's and Women's provincial playdowns, at the Granite Curling Club, Jan. 2-6.

"It's been a long time coming," said Good, supported by third Taylor McIntyre, 17, second Kent Moffitt, 19 and David Wiebe, 18. "It was tough ... This is my fourth or fifth zones and I think this is the first zones where I actually had wins."

West Kildonan's Jesse McCullough upset Pembina's second-seeded Jim Coleman 8-1 to earn his first trip to the provincials in his last try.

"It feels good," said McCullough, 20. "It hasn't quite sunk in yet but it's pretty exciting."

On the junior women's side, Victoria's Kate Cameron surprised Assiniboine Memorial's second-seeded Michelle Montford 8-2 to earn her second straight provincial appearance. Fort Rouge's Lindsay Robertson upset Montford late Saturday to also punch her ticket to the provincials.

Pembina's Shannon Birchard beat Fort Rouge's Katie Kruk 8-5 to grab the other berth available.

Elsewhere, Carberry's Richard Muntain defeated Dauphin's Greg Todoruk 9-3 in the Safeway Championship Northern Berth Bonspiel final in Thompson to qualify for the men's provincial playdowns in Selkirk, Feb. 18-22.


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