Terry McNamee has won the past three Brandon Sun Westman Super League of Curling titles.
The Brandon Sun Westman Super League of Curling opens the season on Wednesday at the Brandon Curling Club, and Brandonite Terry McNamee has a chance to make history.
No skip has ever guided a team to four straight league titles, but McNamee, who’s playing with Steve Irwin, Travis Taylor and Travis Saban, has won the last three titles and has a shot at four. However, that is not something he’s thinking about going into his opening game next week against Brian Fowler at 8:30 p.m.
"Not really," he said. "You play it one game at a time. Our team is good and that’s why we won it three years in a row. Going in, we just have to play our game and score lots of points and we’ll see where it goes from there."
McNamee, who has five league titles in total to his credit, and his team have a lot of experience, but this season will be very different from the previous three. The foursome is not playing together on a regular basis because McNamee did not want to have to deal with the stress of travelling to bonspiels every weekend. So he stepped back and will only be playing in the Westman league as well as practising a couple times a week to keep sharp.
Outside of the league, Irwin will skip the other two with Carberry native Joey Witherspoon filling in at third. Witherspoon, who lives in Winnipeg, could not commit to league play, so the other three stayed with McNamee.
Although they won’t be together as much this curling season, McNamee doesn’t think that will affect them on the ice.
"I’ve played with them for six or seven years now," he said. "They know how I think and I know how they think, so there shouldn’t be much difference at all."
Once again, the league should be tough with 10 of the 12 teams returning, including all nine that qualified for the playoffs or a tiebreaker last year.
Teams skipped by Carberry’s Rob Van Kommer and Tina Kozak have dropped out and been replaced with foursomes led by Brandonites Shawn Taylor and Cale Dunbar.
Although McNamee doesn’t think it will be easy to win a fourth-straight title, he believes his team has a good chance.
"It’s always tough and you have to play well to win and if we play well I think we’ll do OK," he said. "There are some new teams and it will make it interesting for sure."
MASTERS: The Westoba Credit Union Masters Super League season also begins on Wednesday, with draws at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Brandon Curling Club.
JUNIORS: The Westman Junior Super League is still looking for teams. The entry deadline is Oct. 16. For more information, contact the Brandon Club at 204-726-3560.
ANDREWS CLASSIC: The Neil Andrews Classic Senior Bonspiel, which is set for Oct. 18-20, is in need of at least two more teams. Interested squads can contact Darryl Andrews at 204-729-4949 for more information.
BRANDON CLUB: Two women’s leagues at the Brandon Curling Club are looking for more teams. The Tuesday afternoon league that plays at 1:15 is looking for one more foursome, while the Thursday night league (draws at 6 o’clock and 8:15) needs two more. The club is also hosting free adult learn to curl sessions on Mondays starting on Oct. 21 at 8:30 p.m. The youth curling program, for players aged eight to 14, begins on Oct. 24 at 4:15 p.m. The cost is $50, and adult volunteers are still needed. Call the club at 204-729-4949.
WCT: Irwin and fellow Brandonite Scott Ramsay are skipping their teams at the World Curling Tour’s St. Paul (Minn.) Cash Spiel that runs from Friday through Sunday.
MCT: The Manitoba Curling Tour begins on Oct. 11 when Carberry hosts the men’s and women’s King Spud Classic.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 3, 2013