LeFort rink com­pet­ing at un­der-18 pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY T.J. COLELLO sports@cb­post.com On Twit­ter: @cb­post_s­ports

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.

Sébastien LeFort

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