Ryan McNeil Lamswood of Stephenville and Corner Brook’s Daniel Bruce, Andrew Bruce and Nathan King have joined forces this winter with hopes of competing for bragging rights at both the provincial under-18 and under-21 men’s curling championships.
The trio of Corner Brook curlers were members of the Corner Brook entry that won the under-18 men’s curling crown last season before represented the province at the Atlantic under-18 men’s curling showcase event.
McNeil joins them after helping the Greg Smith foursome out of St. John’s win the provincial under-21 men’s curling title for the past two seasons, and suiting up for the nationals in both years.
What’s really got the boys pumped this season is that there will be a national curling tournament for the under-18 age bracket for the first time.
Daniel Bruce, who will serve as skip, said the guys are committed to throwing stones every chance they get and making the effort to play in every competitive event they can in an effort to represent the province at the under-18 nationals.
“It’s going to be an exciting season because it’s our last year and we picked up a new player,” Daniel said Tuesday on his lunch break from Corner Brook High.
While McNeil Lamswood is the new kid on the block per say, don’t think for a second there will be a lot of time needed for them to get on the same page. The foursome spent all summer playing golf as active members of the Tely Junior Golf Tour and have become great friends away from the field of play.
“We know each other really well and I think that will work good on the ice,” he said.
The team will practice on the weekends, play in a couple of local leagues to keep sharp and also get some good competition when Corner Brook hosts both an under-18 and under-16 male and female invitational curling tournament Nov. 11-13 at the Corner Brook Curling Club, with teams from St. John’s and Atlantic Canada expected to participate.
The boys are on a mission this winter. They really started the journey back in August when they attended a curling camp for a week in Moncton.
If somebody asks them what they’re doing over the next little while, it’s a safe bet the reply will be, “Throwing rocks.”