Smithers curlers off to rocking start

Smithers curlers at the BC Winter Games win their first game.

By Joe Fries

Smithers curler Sean Turney couldn’t have dreamed of a better finish to his first game at the 2016 Penticton BC Winter Games, which he kicked off with 9-4 win.

We were focused on trying to do well in this game, but we weren’t expecting that result,” said the 16-year-old, who’s representing Zone 7.

Turney’s team was up by a point heading into eighth and final end with the hammer against Zone 6’s Evan Scott-Moncrieff, who missed a draw against four with his final stone.

The event represents the first Games for Turney and his team, which consists of Evan Doyle, Oliver Kildaw, Matthew Steventon and Spencer Walton, although he’s seen some of his opponents at past provincial championships.

The first couple of ends are just looking to see how they play. If it’s teams we know, we can try a different strategy or stuff like that,” he explained.

Turney and crew have so far enjoyed their time in Penticton.

It’s been awesome. It’s been really fun meeting lots of people. And the facilities here are incredible,” he said.