Brampton rink eyes Brier

BILL POTRECZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

GRIMSBY, Ont. -- Peter Corner wants to taste victory one more time.

The 42-year-old Brampton native has a Brier and world championship to his credit in 1993 as the lead on a rink skipped by Russ Howard and also finished fifth at the Brier as the skip of his own rink.

Now, with the clock ticking on his career, the Halton Regional police officer wants to experience a Brier at least one more time.

"It's been a long time. The last time I was there was 2000 and since then I've just missed one provincial and I've been a runner-up five or six times," Corner said Monday after beating Mark Kean of Annandale 7-1 in seven ends in the opening draw of the Ontario Tankard. "I've been close knocking on the door. Once you've been to the Brier and you experience how big of a show it really is and how wonderful the committee treats you, you get a taste of it and you want to get back."

In other action Monday afternoon, Greg Balsdon of the Loonie Curling Club -- north of Kingston -- defeated Chris Gardner of Renfrew 9-6. Balsdon did not play in Monday night's second draw. Five-time reigning champion Glenn Howard of Coldwater beat Mark Bice of Sarnia 8-1 in seven ends.

Corner's rink curls out of the Brampton Curling Club and is comprised of third Graeme McCarrell, second Phill Loevenmark and lead Paul Madgett. Cumulatively, the four have played in 43 Ontario championships.

"We're not a new squad, just a bunch of guys who are in the same position in their lives as I am," Corner said.

With a pair of young daughters -- Corner and his wife Chantal are the parents of two-year-old Remy and nine-year-old Eden -- time to curl competitively has become more and more difficult.

"I haven't committed myself to curling like I did years ago and neither has anyone on my team," said Corner, who began curling as a 10-year-old at the urging of his parents. "We play a limited schedule and if we get hot for one week here, we get a chance to go back. I would love to go back for one more Brier before I retire.

"I've played in 21 of these events. I think I've only missed three in my career. About three or four years ago I decided to cut back my curling schedule because of my family commitments and my job. I realized that curling isn't everything for me. I still enjoy playing and still have that passion and desire to win, but I just can't give it the time it deserves in order to play at a high level all the time. It doesn't mean you can't come here and find that killer instinct and that mojo again to make us competitive."

With so much personal experience to draw on, Corner is well aware what it takes to win at the provincial level.

"At this level it takes a real good consistent week and all four player playing at the highest level," he said. "You have guys like Glenn Howard in the way and if you want to beat them, they don't miss a heck of a lot. There isn't a team here that can't bring their A game and do well and have a chance. That's all you want, is a chance."

Meanwhile, Ottawa skip Matt Camm lost 8-7 in an extra end to Saskatchewan's Braeden Moskowy in the men's final at the Canadian Juniors on Sunday night in Calgary.

The Camm rink is coached by Napanee native Will Hamilton.


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