Young guns show lots of pop and poise

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:43 PM ET

It was quite the run for the young guns from West Kildonan.

The Kyle Doering team, which is preparing to represent Manitoba at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax next month, was an impressive 6-2 in the MCA Bonspiel.

Their only two losses were at the hands of teams heading to the provincial men’s championship in Beausejour next month: Dean Dunstone and Scott Madams, who eliminated Doering on Sunday with a 5-3 win.

Not too shabby considering Doering turned 15 just two weeks ago.

“I learned a lot, just from watching the other teams play and watching the other skips,” Doering said. “The guy we played, Scott Madams, is a great skip. You learn a lot.

“It’s all practice for Halifax. We played really well. (Madams) is a great team. They made a lot of shots. We played pretty good.”

Doering, who is supported by Colton Lott, Derek Oryniak and Lucas Van Den Bosch, leaves for Halifax on Feb. 19.

Madams was impressed with the composure the Doering foursome displayed in their match.

“They don’t get frustrated or angry,” Madams said. “When I was young I was breaking brooms and kicking rocks, and my dad wanted to come out there and hang me. Even a guy like Ryan Fry — that’s who I grew up in juniors with — he was throwing brooms. Daley Peters, I think he was almost arrested on the ice.

“And these guys are perfect gentlemen. They’re perfect out there. They’re not doing anything bad, and I think helps them even be better, because they don’t get too flustered.”

LOOSE HAIRS: The final two or three Safeway Championship berths are up for grabs on Monday (pending the Sunday 9 p.m. draw), when the bonspiel will conclude. If needed, special playoffs will be held on Tuesday to determine who’s going to Beausejour … It was the game that wouldn’t end. Deer Lodge’s John McLachlan needed three — count ’em, three — extra ends to defeat Fort Garry’s Cyrille Durand on Sunday afternoon. McLachlan was heavy on a draw and then he hit and rolled out to force a third extra stanza. McLachlan didn’t have to throw his final stone in the 11th … Dave Elias has now qualified for the Manitoba men’s curling championship at every position. He’s been there as a skip before, but threw third stones. He now throws fourth rocks.


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