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McNeil-Lamswood had no qualms about finding a new team

Ryan McNeil-Lamswood had to look for a game elsewhere when Greg Smith opted to change the dynamics of his junior curling foursome, but he landed on his feet rather quickly and he couldn’t be more excited about the team he will throw rocks for this winter.

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Stephenville native Ryan McNeil-Lamswood is seen in action with the Greg Smith foursome during the 2014-2015 curling season.

The Stephenville native helped Greg Smith of St. John’s win back-to-back provincial junior curling titles and represented his province on the national stage for those two provincial wins.

McNeil-Lamswood, a Level 2 student at Stephenville High, is now the youngest member of the Daniel Bruce foursome out of the Corner Brook Curling Club. The team also includes Corner Brook natives Andrew Bruce and Nathan King.

“Teams change in curling all the time so there’s no real hard feelings,” McNeil-Lamswood said.

He admits it would have been nice to make another run at the Under-21 crown, but the change of scenery is something he’s embracing because he gets to share the ice with a bunch of guys who have become his best friends because of their participation in the Tely Junior Golf Tour during the off-season.

He said chemistry is certainly on their side and they also share a common thread when it comes to the level of commitment they are willing to make to pursue a provincial crown in both the Under-21 and Under-18 brackets this season.

“We’re never going to be in a game where we think we’re out of it. We’re always going to fight until the last stone,” he said.

In most cases, the youngest guy on the team carries rookie status, but when it comes to McNeil-Lamswood he’s actually a seasoned veteran because of his foray into the national spotlight with the Smith foursome.

“I’ve been there and I know what it’s like,” he said. “I’ve shared experiences with them and told them how much fun it is there so hopefully that will give them a little bit of extra motivation.”

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