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It wouldn't be like Vic to bid adieu on a downer

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DAUPHIN -- Whether it's really the end remains to be seen.

But what was already clear Saturday morning was that this year's ending, at least, was not the one Vic Peters was looking for.

And it also wasn't the finale many fans had in mind either for the sentimental favourite at the 2012 Safeway Manitoba Men's Curling Championship.

The Hollywood ending that many had hoped would come for Peters this weekend failed to materialize as the three-time Manitoba and former Brier champion lost his second in a row, eliminated 7-5 in a B-side game Saturday morning by one of the few Manitoba curlers with a legend even bigger than his own -- defending world champion Jeff Stoughton.

And so with that comes to an end what was a trying -- but also inspiring -- winter for Peters, who spent most of the last six months undergoing cancer treatments but still found a little time to help guide his team to yet another provincial men's playdowns.

Both Peters and his vice-skip/son Daley Peters had mused openly prior to this event that given the elder Peters age, 56, and health, there was a distinct possibility that this could mark the last time the two ever curl competitively together.

But when the end finally did come Saturday, Vic Peters wasn't quite ready to hang up his steel slider just yet.

"I hope not," said Peters. "I still enjoying playing a lot, even though I didn't really perform the way I wanted to help the boys out. I still really enjoy these things and think we can possibly get to a little further level again."

Daley Peters was feeling pretty much the same way after being eliminated by Stoughton. The younger Peters throws last rocks while his father skips and throws third, and both men had challenging games on Saturday that included more half-shots -- and even a couple of outright flashes -- than a team can muster and still expect to beat Stoughton.

"It's very disappointing," said Daley Peters. "You only get one or two chances against Stoughton and those guys."

Still, Peters sounded like he would reflect fondly on the week that was for him, his father and the team's front end of Brendan Taylor and Kyle Werenich. "We had fun, which we always do," said Daley Peters. "And we were competitive out there still. Even though things didn't work out the way we wanted, it was lots of fun. I enjoyed it."

Informed that his father had just told reporters that he would like to play again next year, the younger Peters laughed. "If he does, I'll play with him. Sure, yeah. Why not?"

Would you have any choice, even if you didn't want to?

"I probably don't, no."

LOOSEHAIRS -- The Safeway Championship all-stars, as selected by the Manitoba Curling Media Association, were announced Saturday night. The honorees were skip Willie Lyburn, Rob Fowler third Allan Lyburn and Mike McEwen second Matt Wozniak and lead Denni Neufeld.

paul.wiecek@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 12, 2012 B7

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