TRURO – This is their house…literally.
The members of Team Burgess practically grew up at Truro Curling Club, the stage for this week’s Molson Coors Tankard provincial men’s curling championship.
Skip Peter Burgess, along with his bothers Craig and Todd, who will be alongside him this week as his mate and lead, spent countless childhood hours in the 127-year-old building as their parents Jim and Judy did their thing on the ice.
It’s where the boys gained their passion for the sport.
“We know the ins and outs of the building pretty well,” Peter, who also served as the club’s president in 2009 and 2010, said Monday. “I remember being there with my colouring books. It’s a special place for our family.”
The brothers, along with second Jared Bent, are hoping to make the club even more special this week by earning a berth to the Tim Hortons Brier Canadian championship March 2 to 10 in Edmonton.
Burgess, who qualified for the Tankard at a last-chance bonspiel in Wolfville last month, opens his run Wednesday at 1 p.m. against Jamie Murphy before taking on Mayflower’s Ian Juurlink at 6 p.m.
Burgess will be up against five other teams from across the province including five-time Tankard champion Mark Dacey and his Mayflower clubmates Chad Stevens and Shea Steele, Lakeshore’s Paul Flemming and Alan O’Leary of CFB Halifax.
But Burgess said he feels his foursome is a formidable match for anyone and has an excellent chance to taste sweet victory on home ice.
“Absolutely,” he said. “There are a bunch of good teams here, but if we play well we have a good shot to win.”
There certainly will be no shortage of support for the group. The club has been abuzz with anticipation since Burgess booked his spot in the field.
“Everyone knows them and their skill level and a lot of people feel they have a really good chance to win it this year,” club president Peter Neily said.
A victory would add to what has already been a successful season for the Truro club, which currently lays claim to provincial junior champion Mary Myketyn-Driscoll and provincial senior women’s champ Colleen Pinkney.
“We’ll take all the champions we can get,” Neily said with a chuckle. “I don’t want to jinx them but they’re definitely the hometown favourites.”
A revamped ice surface and new rocks supplied by the NSCA take a few of the hometown edges away from the foursome but Burgess is hoping the familiar surroundings will help his team.
“Sleeping in our own bed will be nice,” he said with a laugh. “But we’re just focusing on each game. Getting off to a good start is important and hopefully we can build some momentum.”