2002 David Hamblin Team
Curling Team
Inducted 2008, Central Region
David Hamblin Team

David and Kevin Hamblin first proved that they could win together w
hen they teamed up with two schoolmates to win the Manitoba High School Championship for Morris High School.

They separated for a short time, a period when David won the 2000 Manitoba Junior Men's title at third for Matt Wozniak. After a 5-7 record at the National championship, that team broke up, and David Hamblin returned to the tee.

Re-united with Kevin, and coached by their parents Lorne and Chris Hamblin, the new team included Ross Derksen at third and Ross McCannell at lead. They qualified for the 2001 Provincial Juniors, finishing 4-3 and out of the playoffs.

Representing the Pembina Curling Club at the Provincials, the Hamblin team qualified for the Page Playoff 2-2 game with a 5-2 record, tied for first in the division with Ryan. However, Bay was awarded first place on the basis of a round robin win over Hamblin.  The Pembina team defeated the Colin Wiens team from Winkler in the first playoff round and Bay in the semi-final. In the provincial final, the Hamblin foursome defeated Dan Kammerlock, who was unbeaten to that point.

At the Canadian Championship, the Manitoba team placed second in the round-robin with a 9-3 record, a game behind Quebec's 10-2. The Hamblin foursome defeated Northern Ontario 5-2 in the semi-final. In the National final against Quebec, Manitoba scored single points on the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth ends to take a 5-1 lead. Quebec's comeback fell short, and Manitoba scored a 5-4 final victory.

At the World Championship in Kelowna, Hamblin's Canadian team played Sweden in the final round-robin game. Sweden was undefeated; Canada had lost a game earlier in the week. A 9-5 victory for Canada gave the Hamblin team an 8 wins - 1 loss record, tied for first with Sweden, but they were granted first place in the playoffs based on that final round-robin win.

A 6-3 semifinal win over Scotland advanced them to the final against Sweden, who had beaten Switzerland in the other semifinal.

In the now 43-year history of the World Junior Men's, that final was one of the two lowest scoring final games ever. Tied 2-2 coming home, Hamblin dealt with the pressure of a last rock draw to the eight-foot circle to win the world championship. As third Ross Derksen called encouragement, front-enders Kevin Hamblin and Ross McCannell swept the David Hamblin draw to perfection - the winning point in a 3-2 World Junior Championship victory.

The Hamblin World Junior Champion team was inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame in 2006.


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