O'Mahony now Mr. 3-Pointer

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:24 AM ET

Stampeder fans often think of quarterback Dave Dickenson as the all-star who got away. Those fans soon may lament the loss of Duncan O'Mahony, too.

The kicker wasn't offered a contract by the Stamps this off-season after spending three years here.

O'Mahony subsequently signed in Vancouver where he was reunited with former Stamps coach Wally Buono, who wanted the UBC product to perform all kicking duties.

O'Mahony, mainly a punter in Calgary, struggled in the field-goal department early this season but the 28-year-old has since found his groove.

He leads the CFL in field-goal percentage and sits fifth in scoring.

He'd probably be first in scoring if not for his team's ability to hit the endzone for majors so frequently.

However, B.C.'s last game tested O'Mahony's nerves.

He was called upon to hit the tying and winning field goals in pressure situations in a 36-33 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos.

"As a unit, we're starting to put it together," said O'Mahony .

"We've executed very well this year ... I go out there, stare at the tee and then kick the ball."

Always bristling with confidence, O'Mahony doesn't feel any extra pressure to perform coming back to the city where he broke into the league.

He also doesn't hold any grudge, even though this would be the perfect time to rub it in to the Stamps for their decision to let him walk.

"This is where I started my career but I have no other ulterior motive to beat so and so," said O'Mahony, who grew up in Abbotsford, B.C.

"This was a first-class organization but I'm moved on ... The Stamps are having a tough time but it's a business and I'm happy where I am."

Calgary held an audition for its kicker in training camp, eventually handing the job to import Charlie Hebert, who's currently injured. He was replaced by Clinton Greathouse.

Last season, the Stamps handed O'Mahony the placekicking duties following veteran Mark McLoughlin's mid-season retirement to become team president.

O'Mahony struggled badly trying to fill McLoughlin's shoes, who resumed his kicking career late in the season.

O'Mahony's poor performance as a field-goal kicker during that span likely explains why he didn't receive a contract offer from the Stamps.

"It wasn't a confidence thing, it was more mechanical," O'Mahony said of last season's struggles.

"I needed time to get myself prepared.

"The first game out, I did it one way, the next game it was different. If I'm not consistent in my approach, how am I going to make consistent field goals?

"That's what it was.

"I wasn't set up to lose or that they were trying to put me in a bad situation. I needed more time to get myself prepared and that's what I did in the off-season."


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