Steski keeps streak alive over older brother

STEVE GREEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

WOODSTOCK -- As sibling rivalries go, Jeff Steski against older brother John is pretty one-sided -- 21 years and counting.

Not that the youngest of the three Steski brothers playing at the TSC Tankard didn't try to jinx it.

The brothers Steski faced off last night in the fourth draw of the Ontario men's curling championship at the Woodstock District Community Complex. And not only were family bragging rights on the line, so was the first win of the tournament for any of them.

In the end, Peter and Jeff came out on top as their Sarnia rink, with Heath McCormick skipping, Peter throwing third and Jeff at lead, beat older brother John, who plays second for Bryan Cochrane of Ottawa Rideau, 8-5.

Jeff, 34, put in his Tankard bio that he'd never lost a competitive match to John since Jeff was 13.

"For me, the streak continues, but he has that," Jeff said, gesturing to the purple heart on John's jacket from Cochrane's 2003 Ontario championship. "Truth be told, I didn't have anything else to say (in the bio) that made me look good, so I went for the cheap shot."

John, 39, took the good-natured shot in stride.

"I'd love to see Pete's team go on a roll and win four or five more," he said. "My goal now is to beat some of the teams around him and give him some help."

"I'll give you a list," quipped Peter, 37, adding beating his brother wasn't the greatest feeling in the world. "I think we feel relaxed when we play him because it's family. You want to win, but at the end it's no joy when you shake hands because he is your brother."

It's clear that all banter aside, the three former Sarnia residents -- Peter and Jeff live in Toronto, John in Kanata -- are close.

"We'll cheer pretty hard for each other," said Jeff, who along with Peter returned from a Grand Slam event in Saskatchewan just in time to see John win that 2003 Ontario title in Mississauga.

"If I knew going in I was going to go 1-1 today, I'd much rather lose to John and beat Joe (Frans, the Oshawa skip who won their third-draw matchup 9-3)," Peter added.

At the top of the standings, Frans is alone in first at 4-0 after stealing one in the 10th to edge Glenn Howard of Coldwater 7-6. Howard, who fell to 3-1, was just heavy on a draw to the button -- his shot may have been overswept just a tad.

"We had a couple of big breaks in that game,'' Frans said. "They weren't quite on their game and we played well," Frans said.

In the other fourth-draw games last night, Rob Lobel of Whitby beat Jake Higgs of Harriston 9-6 to leave both teams at 3-1, Peter Corner of Brampton moved to 3-1 with a 7-3 win over Mike Harris (2-2) of Toronto Donalda and Chris Gardner of Arnprior got his first win by beating Rick Thurston (0-4) of Dundas Granite 7-4.


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