Terry McNamee may not have played much this year, but he is focused on making history in the Brandon Sun Westman Super League of Curling on Sunday.
Nobody in the league’s history has skipped a team to four straight championships, and McNamee hopes to do just that. His squad of Steve Irwin, Travis Taylor and Travis Saban enters Sunday’s playoffs at the Brandon Curling Club as the top seed after going 10-1 in the round robin, and McNamee likes their chances.
"It would be nice to win it four times in a row knowing that nobody else has won it four times in a row," he said. "I know my boys will be wanting to do that for sure, and I’m right with them. It would be great to win it four times in a row, and it may not be accomplished again, you never know. We’ll see what happens, but if we play the way we can then we should be OK."
Irwin and Saban were on McNamee’s team the last three years. Taylor replaced Geordie Hargreaves at second last season.
This season has been different for McNamee. In the past three, he skipped the squad in its competitive season and this would be their final tuneup before the Safeway Championship, which starts on Wednesday in Winnipeg. However, he decided to leave the team at the end of last season.
Irwin took over as skip for the bonspiel season and picked up Joey Witherspoon to play third. Since Witherspoon lives in Winnipeg, McNamee stayed on to skip the team in the Super League and is listed as the team’s fifth for the Safeway Championship.
Since he hasn’t played in bonspiels and the Super League has been on a break since Dec. 18, it had been over a month since McNamee threw a rock before he practised last night. He has another practice session planned before he takes on either Neepawa’s Jerry Chudley or Brandon’s Jim Renwick in the semifinals on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
"They have confidence in me, so I just have to go and make shots," McNamee said. "They’ve been playing more than me for sure, but they still have confidence in me to make the last shot, so that’s not a big deal."
Chudley will face Renwick, while Cale Dunbar’s and Brian Fowler’s Brandon squads will meet in the quarter-finals at 10 a.m. Carberry’s Kelly Marnoch awaits the Fowler-Dunbar winner at 1:30 p.m. The final will begin at 5 p.m.
SENIOR PROVINCIALS: The organizing committee for the Manitoba senior championships, which will be held at the Brandon Curling Club from Feb. 20-24, is looking for volunteers. Anyone interested in working the door, being a timekeeper or selling 50/50 tickets can contact the club at 204-726-3560.
EXTRA ENDS: Boissevain will put on a senior mixed bonspiel on Wednesday. Two games are guaranteed, with a $60 entry fee. Call Ken Clyne at 204-534-2594 or Blaine Mains at 204-534-6919 … Wawanesa’s women’s bonspiel runs from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. Contact Mavis Brown at 204-824-2413 … The Roseland South Brandon bonspiel is slated for Jan. 30 to Feb. 8. The cost is $100 per team or $25 for an individual. Call Kyle Williamson at 204-573-6489 or Taralynn Williamson at 204-573-1307 … Minnedosa’s women’s bonspiel is set for Feb. 7-9, with $120 entry fee. Call Cheryl Orr at 204-867-2211.