Famous sons can hack it at Brier

JOE PAVIA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:47 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. — Like fathers, like sons.

This Tim Hortons Brier has a number of father-son combinations. The most prominent is Glenn Howard having son Scott as the Ontario squad’s fifth man.

The younger Howard most recently played with Navan’s Mat Camm in the national juniors, where they finished runner-up.

Scott said the 8-7, extra-end loss to Saskatchewan in the final on Feb. 6 would “take a long time to get over.”

Perhaps it hasn’t taken that long. Scott curled 100% in his Brier debut on Sunday night, throwing two perfect guards in the 10th end of Ontario’s 10-3 win over Saskatchewan.

Up in the broadcast booth, Russ Howard has to be content describing his son Steve’s play as the second for New Brunswick. Dad descends to ice level after each game.

Two other curling sons in the daily lineups are B.C. second Kevin Folk, the 30-year-old son of coach and two-time Brier champion Rick; and 24-year-old Saskatchewan lead Dallan Muyres, whose father Lyle was active on the competitive

circuit and won money 20 years ago at the old Welton ’spiel in Ottawa.

Dallan is off to a hot start at his first Brier, and was tied for second with stellar Ontario lead Craig Savill in shooting percentage after the afternoon draw Tuesday.

“The chemistry we (son and father) have is pretty good. We have a good relationship,” said Dallan. “This is the first time my dad has coached me at a higher competitive level.”

The rest of the family is at the world juniors in Scotland cheering on youngest son Kirk, who is throwing third stones for Canada.

BRIER BITS

London’s moisture is playing havoc with the ice surface. A portable dehumidification system was installed at a cost of $50,000 ... Brier attendees can now hear everything the TSN broadcasters say, as well as the players, by tuning into an FM frequency ... The Governor General’s Curling Club is staffing a remarkable display on the history of the Brier. The exhibit houses amazing photos of champions, vintage videos and the chance to get your picture taken with the Tankard trophy. The exhibit was designed and built by Ottawa’s Ken Ross ... The Page 1 game airs Friday night at 7:30; the Page 2 match and the semi-final are on Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., respectively, while the Sunday final begins at 7:30 p.m.

TRIALS TROPHY

The winning city to host the 2013 Canadian Curling Trials will be announced Wednesday at the Brier. It’s between Ottawa and Winnipeg. On Tuesday, a Winnipeg newspaper categorically stated the trials were going to that city — a report dismissed as “speculation” by Warren Hansen, the Canadian Curling Association’s director of event operations and media relations.

BANTAM BONANZA

Two area rinks took home Ontario’s bantam banners on the weekend. Lauren Horton, Jordan Mark, Cassandra Lewin and Jessica Armstrong won a 5-4, extra-end tie-breaker battle against Toronto’s Brenda Holloway. On the boys’ side, Jason Camm, Curtis Easter, Richard Seto and Geordin Raganold won their last round-robin game to clinch the title.

OCA RESULTS

Tim Hortons Colts and Trophy region winners were: 1A — Matt Paul and Tracy Samaan; B — Dennis Elgie and Laura Payne. The Best Western Intermediates men’s and women’s provincials begin Thursday in Oshawa. Representing this area are Cheryl McBain, Doug Johnston, Barb Kelly and Kevin Baker.


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