High school curlers win bronze

Team from Smithers return from provincials in Parksville

The Smithers High School curling team of Adam Hartnett, Malcolm Turney, Glyn Doyle, Mathew Steventon and Sean Turney are bronze medalists after they finished with a 5-2 record at provincials in Parksville.

“I’m really proud of the way the team played,” head coach Laurence Turney said. “They curled really well, worked hard and just played really good games.”

Their only losses during the round robin came by single points, to first place Vancouver Centennial and second place Tweedsmuir.

A few bounces the other, way, and the boys from Smithers might have been at the top of the podium.

“They played consistently, strategically and they shot well. They could have easily won the whole thing.”

After the round robin they were tied for second at 5-2 with Tweedsmuir. The teams played off in a one-game decider to determine the second and third place finishers.

Things were looking good for Smithers, but in the eighth end, the Tweedsmuir skip made a spectacular split, with two in the house to score three. Smithers eventually lost by one.

Though they may have lost out on second, there is a silver lining: the team will only lose one player off next year’s squad.

Turney had good things to say about the tournament and hosts, Parksville.

“The tournament was really well run, and the ice was great, it was very consistent all week long.”


The season isn’t quite over for the Smithers boys. They’ll play their final tournament of the year at the end-of-season mixed bonspiel this weekend.



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