LeFort rink competing at under-18 provincial championship
The Sébastien LeFort rink from the Sydney Curling Club is hoping a little experience will go a long way at the 2017 Nova Scotia Under-18 Men’s Curling Championship at the Bridgewater Curling Club this weekend.
Most of the LeFort rink has curled together for six years now, with second Reece Couture joining this past season. The foursome also includes third Nicholas MacKenzie, and lead Aidan McNutt.
“The thing we have a bit different than the other teams up there is we’re really good friends,” said LeFort, 17, of Sydney. “Some teams if they make a mistake, they might get frustrated or mad, but the thing with us is, we’re pretty good to joke about it for a bit and we’ll forget about it after a couple of shots.”
The team competed at the under-21 provincial championship over the holidays in Amherst, and finished with a 1-3 record. They placed third at last year’s under-18 tournament, scoring a 3-2 mark. It’ll be their third under-18 provincial tournament.
The local rink will see competition from 11 other teams from across the province. The LeFort crew is the No. 4 seed. Owen Purcell of CFB Halifax Curling Club is ranked No. 1, Ryan Abraham of Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax is No. 2, Evan McDonah of the Truro Curling Club is No. 3 and Graham Weagle from the Chester Curling Club rounds out the top five.
“I’m happy that we’re fourth seed and for us going into it, we’re pretty prepared because we’ve been playing quite a bit and the past games we’ve been playing, most of us, every game, we’re all on,” said LeFort.
Round robin play opens on Friday, with the championship slated for Sunday.