January 23, 2011
Change is good for Elias
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency
Curlers change their team rosters all the time. They drop a player here, add someone there.
Every once in a while a massive shakeup takes place and everyone moves on with different squads.
If there is a poster boy for change in Manitoba curling, however, look no further than West Kildonan’s Dave Elias, whose throw-together rink of several familiar parts is ripping it up this weekend at the 123rd annual MCA Bonspiel.
Asked if he could put a number on how many lineups he’s been a part of since he played in the 2005 Brier with Randy Dutiaume, Elias had a better chance of rattling off the square root of 2,435,963.
“I don’t know,” the 41-year-old said Saturday at St. Vital Curling Club after a 7-3 win over Stonewall’s Derek Dowsett that ran his record to 5-0.
That’s not surprising when you consider Elias is icing his third lineup in the last three months. He started out with Bill Kuran, then joined Murray Woodward for a failed run in the Safeway Championship zone playdowns before finally adding old friend and former teammate Shane Kilgallen for the MCA.
The results have been fantastic, as the Elias foursome, which also includes Hub Perrin and Chris Suchy, upped its record to 6-0 on Saturday night with a 6-1 triumph over Deer Lodge’s Mike Mahon.
Elias steadfastly maintains he wasn’t the kid who couldn’t sit still in school.
“I’m not on Ritalin or anything,” he said with a chuckle. “No ADHD for me.”
Still, three different teams in one year?
“That is pretty good,” Elias said, nodding in agreement. “You know what? If we get a provincial spot, maybe we’ll cut somebody just for s---- and giggles. It might be me, though. That’s the problem!”
The common denominator on the current Elias team is long-term friendship, which is something he figures can go a long way on the ice.
“In something like this it’s good,” he said. “Although we are trying to get one of the final spots in provincials, the MCA Bonspiel is something we’ve all played in for 20 years and it’s still fun. It’s a fun time.
“… You can fight, and then after the game it’s over. Sometimes if you have a tiff or a disagreement with some guy that you don’t really know that well, they take that too personally.”
Maybe the new Elias crew can conjure up the magic that the Dutiaume foursome enjoyed in 2005. They were thrown together just before the MCA bonspiel and ended up in the Brier playoffs, coming within one win of qualifying for the Olympic trials.