Petryks want more than just southern comfort

TODD SAELHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

CALGARY - Once upon a time, the Petryks were curling giants.

Not just in Alberta but in Canada.

Heck, Dan Petryk was even huge for a year on the world stage.

So when Dan and his brother, Steve, say they can become kings of Alberta, they’re not just paying lip service or living a pipe-dream.

“We’ve been there — we know we can do it,” said skip Steve Petryk, who’s joined by sibling Dan to make up the back end of the favourites to win the 2012 Boston Pizza Men’s Southern Playdowns this weekend at the Inglewood Golf & Curling Club.

“We’ve beaten the (Kevin) Martins and the (Kevin) Koes and the (Randy) Ferbeys,” Petryk continued. “It’s just a matter of getting in the headspace and going forth.”

Going forth from today means winning not just the southerns, which begin Friday at 9:30 a.m., but also the provincials, which has forever escaped all foursomes based out of Calgary because of those super-rinks hailing from Edmonton.

“Absolutely, we want to change that,” Petryk said. “Your whole year is geared to many things, and winning southerns is one of them.

“For me, it feels a bit like hockey — you play the regular season and then the playoffs, and they both mean something. But like with hockey, you don’t just want to make the playoffs. Certainly, we want to accomplish more than just making the playoffs.”

They want to be the best curlers in Alberta and more — just as Dan was back in 1986, when he played under Martin as Canadian junior champs and came within one win of claiming the world junior title.

Dan was also a provincial king alongside Martin, Kevin Park and Don Bartlett out of Edmonton in ’91 and ’92, winning the national crown in that rinks’ first year together, to boot.

Then Steve and Dan comprised the front end of Calgary’s last Alberta winners in ’94, when the brothers played with Ed Lukowich and third Fred Maxie.

Since then, well … it’s been a trying run for the siblings.

“I suppose if I said it hasn’t been frustrating, that wouldn’t be straight up,” Steve Petryk said. “Sometimes, a person forgets the game is bigger than the individual — when you start thinking as an individual, that can be your downfall — and I’ve been guilty of that.

“The good thing is Dan and I know each other, and right away, we do well together at spiels. And now we have good people with us (in second Scott Cripps and lead Brad Chyz), and when you have good people who are interested in the team doing well, you can go many places.”

First things first for the Petryks & Co. is getting through this coming weekend.

“These teams that are playing in the southerns, some of them have beaten Martin and Koe just like we have,” Petryk said. “So there’s going to be really good teams there.

“But in the end, we want a team (to come out of southerns) that is going to (win provincials and) represent Alberta.”

They’d love it if that was Team Petryk.

EXTRA ENDS

Joining Petryk’s Calgary Curling Club foursome in challenging for the three provincial qualifying spots at this weekend’s southerns are six other city teams — Bob Genoway (Calgary Curling), Josh Lambden (Airdrie/Calgary Curling), Lloyd Hill (Brooks/Calgary Curling), Jon Rennie (Huntington Hills), Brent Bawel (Calgary Curling) and Dean Ross (North Hill/Airdrie/Calgary Curling). In total, 16 teams take to the ice of Inglewood, including Mike Libbus (Oilfields), Matt Lemna (Airdrie), Thomas Usselman (Sundre), Leon Moch (Medicine Hat), Trevor Funk (Medicine Hat), Riley Carroll (Oyen), Lorne Goodman (Airdrie), Robin Niebergall (Brooks) and Vance Elder (Airdrie/Brooks/Valleyview). The ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’ finals go respectively at 2 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Monday … Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher repeated as men’s king of the 2012 Alberta Subway Junior Curling Championships in Medicine Hat. The 2010 champ won his second junior title by scoring a 9-4 win Sunday in the final over Dawson Creek’s Jordan Steinke. Calgary’s Scott Smith (Garrison) was 4-3 in roundrobin action and lost in a 5-4 tiebreaker Saturday night to Steinke, while Okotoks’ Kyler Kleibrink went 1-6 in the roundrobin. On the women’s side, it was Jocelyn Peterman of Red Deer winning the Alberta junior title with an 8-5 final victory over Edmonton’s Brittany Whittemore in the Hat. Courtney Missikewitz of Airdrie finished the event with a 3-4 record.

LAST ROCK

Team World took the title Sunday at the eighth Continental Cup, topping Team North America 235-165 in the Ryder Cup-esque tournament in Langley, B.C. The win by captain David Hay of Scotland and his team ties the annual event up at four wins apiece and gave them a championship purse of $65,000. Team North America, which included Calgary’s Ben Hebert, took home $26,000.

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