Forrest finds consolation

JIM BENDER, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

But for a simple twist of curling fate, Alex Forrest could have been competing at the Canadian Curling Trials in Edmonton with an outside shot at going to the Olympics earlier this month.

And if his Deer Lodge squad fails to win the junior men's provincial playdowns this week, Forrest may never stop kicking himself.

Tyler Forrest, his brother, plays lead for Jason Gunnlaugson. They'd asked Alex to play second for them before turning to Braden Zawada.

"It's kind of depressing because they asked me to play for them but this is my last year of juniors, so I'm hoping it works out this weekend for us," Forrest said after improving to 5-0 with a 7-2 victory over clubmate Joel Hildebrand at the Deer Lodge Curling Club yesterday. "I played for them last year at the Morris bonspiel and that's how they ended up getting their (CTRS) points to get into the pre-trials.

"I haven't been too upset so far because we're having a great year. But it might be a little harder if we don't go where we want to this weekend. But if we pull it out, I won't regret it all."

'GETTING STRONGER'

Forrest was tied with Assiniboine Memorial's Michael Johnson atop his pool heading into last night's draw.

"We're playing really good so far and we're getting stronger every game," said Forrest, 20. "We've had a pretty good year. We won one of the (Manitoba Junior Curling Tour events) and we got our spot through (the early berth bonspiel). We won a little bit of money on the men's tour, too."

Forrest finished 4-3 with a different foursome last year. The year before, he lost the final while playing third for Geoff Lang.

"It's just a little more incentive to one up it this year," said Forrest, now supported by third Joey Witherspoon, 18, Connor Njegovan, 16 and Mike Neufeld, 19. "At least, we'll have another chance at it."

Johnson needed an extra end to nip Portage la Prairie's Steen Sigurdson 7-6. In the other pool, Stonewall's Jared Kolomaya boasts the only unbeaten record at 6-0.

BITER: Gunnlaugson, who went 0-7 at the Olympic trials, has been added to the Grand Slam event being held at the MTS Centre next month.

jim.bender@sunmedia.ca


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