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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - March 11, 1990, Winnipeg, Manitoba Free press March 1990 sports our bold tradition at Brier Manitoba boasts the most National Curling titles by James Crampton its the roaring games answer to the Stanley a Symbol of Canadian Curling its the the worlds most prestigious National mens Curling Many curlers dare to dream of capturing its few Ever get the for 63 rinks representing Canadas provinces and territories have met each March at this a we Klong affair previously known As the Macdonald Brier from 1927 to now recognized As the Labatt if the Brier is Curlings Stanley then Manitoba is the games answer to the Montreal Manitoba teams have captured 22 the most of any Alberta comes second with 16 Manitoba Rich Curling tradition is renowned around the and Winnipeg is considered to be the Curling capital of the history can have its expectations weigh heavily on a team representing a winning Manitoban Are under great pressure in says Don a Csc Curling commentator and skip of the 1970 and 1971 Brier and Silver Broom world championship squad from the Granite there Arent Many easy games for a Manitoba team because everyone is out to beat this province has the were the Leader in Brier wins and everybody will be always Gunnin for if anybody knows the pressures of Brier its who competed in four of along with the 70 and 71 he played third on the 1965 Brier winning rink skipped by Terry Braunstein and threw second stones for Manitoba at the 1957 youve got to be mentally Tough in this says adding that Manitoba is the hardest province to win in theres constant pressure and the expectations can be if a Manitoba team comes Back with a losing there Are those people Wholl he have been there someone else should have represented the this province just int difficult to its difficult to other curlers agree that once youve proven other teams Are waiting in the wings to take a run at theres no doubt that teams from other provinces get up to play the Manitoba no matter who is representing this says Kerry in 1981 at age became the youngest skip Ever to win the Manitoba is the so called motherland of Curling and the other provinces Are always out to gel Orest skip of the 1972 Brier and High school athlete of the week Don Duguid and teammates Rod Jim Pettapiece and Bryan Wood carved themselves a place in Curling lore by winning Bac Toback Briers and Silver Silver Broom champions from fort says it is harder to win the Manitoba provincial title than it is to win the the Field at the Manitoba he Seldom sports any weak theres hundreds of teams in this province who could win the but getting there is As big a hurdle As being says a Selkirk resident who now curls out of Lac do theres always someone out there who wants to beat an established the Road Back to the Brier gets tougher All the Burtnyk managed to win the 1988 provincial Tankard while Meleschuk also regained the provincial title in but both failed to make the Brier Manitoba Brier history is filled with spectacular and dramatic moments that have been regaled in every Curling lounge in the Al third for Billy Walsh Brier winners from fort Rouge in 1952 and had a Good View of one of the greatest shots in Curling history at the 1956 Brier in in that Manitoba Walsh and Ontario Alf Phillips tied with 82 records at the end of the the two teams met in a tie breaking finale that was intense right from the first Rock and was the first Brier final to go into an in those Days curlers played a regulation 12 i can see the whole thing still in my Mike Riley drank from Curlings holy the Brier in says the 74yearold recalling Walsh about to throw the Hammer in the 13th end with Ontario lying one in the four foot with about three quarters of the Rock behind a Long Centre it was an outturn and hardly through the game had we played an outturn on that Billy split the Broom right Down the Middle and it Cut in nicely with the proper weight and hit their i swept it out and billys Rock stayed in the House by about four the original Rock Walsh threw to win the 1956 Brier is preserved on a plaque at the fort Rouge Curling club with a diagram of the press refilled extra end for the Langlois says that despite the thrilling he still looks upon the 1952 Brier at the old Winnipeg amphitheatre As the sweetest the fort Rougers won with a 100 record that the old Strathcona Curling club leads All Manitoba clubs with seven Brier titles Gordon Hudson in 192829 Bob Gourley 1931 Leo Johnson 1934 and Ken Watson the venerable Mother has six Briers Howard Wood Jimmy Congalton 1932 Terry Braunstein 1965 Don Duguid fort Rouge has tallied three Brier championships Billy Walsh in 1952 and 1956 Orest Meleschuk in Deer Lodge has two Jimmy Welsh 1947 Barry Fry Assiniboine memorial has one Kerry Burtnyk 1981 and Pembina is the latest club to add to Manitoba trophy Case Mike Riley Rural Manitoba boasts two brie winning both skipped by a in 1938 from Glenboro and 1953 out of despite Manitoba Overall Curling the province has Only three Brier titles in the last 18 and those three teams skipped by Burtnyk and Riley All went on to lose in the semifinals at their respective world Duguid believes that other provinces have gradually caught up to Manitoba standards in the past couple of Ontario has gotten the maritime Are i think it is really difficult to win a Brier these says adding that the curl Canada program has helped raise of the level of play in parts of you used to be Able to beat three or four teams at the Brier just on i dont think you can do that everyone knows whats going on and nobody can fool Dakotas Johannesson on target like the tasmanian Devil of bugs Bunny cartoon Terrilee Johannesson is hard to Stop when she gets wound Johannesson was in Fine form last week As she led the Dakota lancers varsity girls basketball team to the Cloverleaf conference champions As her teammates Fike to Call averaged 29 Points per game in the lancers two game sweep of conference rival Gle Lawn the first game was All Dakotas As they handed the Lions an 8140 but game two proved a Little bit As the lancers had to come from behind to Edge their conference rivals lancers starters Stacey Yuel and Allison Laferty played the game despite suffering symptoms of the another key Rookie Andrea fouled the Good news for lancers fans is that believes the team will be rested and healthy heading into the quarterfinals of the provincial aaa i think by next week were All going to be there says the Fivelo Tseven Point i think things will be going very Good for the lancers enter the playoffs As the to ranked team in the prov As a they earned a Bye into the their first game is March having healthy heading into the provincials solidifies the Lan cers lineup As they continue their March towards their first provincial title since they lost in the semifinals to Gle Lawn last the defending champions Lions Are ranked second this Terrilee is obviously one if not the offensive High school players in the says Lan cers coach Peter in addition to leading in Johannesson averages nine assists per game and plays a key role on Falk says she has the Abi Lity to control the Tempo on the has always been the aggressor and really tends to dictate to both teams the level of Speed that the game is going to be

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