TRURO, N.S. – Adam McEachren’s Truro rink looks to build momentum this weekend at the Nova Scotia under-18 boys curling championship.
A strong showing at the 15-team event would give the foursome an extra shot of confidence heading into the Canada Games qualifier during March break in Halifax.
“Obviously, you want to win, but I think a top three would be good for us,” said McEachren, “especially moving into March break for the Canada Games qualifier, just to put us in a spot that makes us feel comfortable moving forward.”
McEachern, who calls the shots for third Tyler MacNeil, second Alex McDonah and lead David McCurdy, is one of four teams vying for a berth at the 2019 Canada Games in Red Deer, Alta. The Truro squad will try to earn that spot against two teams from Halifax and another from Yarmouth March 11 to 14 at Mayflower Curling Club.
But first things first, and McEachren is looking forward to playing this weekend for a provincial U18 title on home ice.
“It’s definitely cool,” said the 16-year-old, from Valley. “My family’s going to come watch and we should have some people out that just know us from the club who are hoping for us to do good, and people throughout the club this week have been telling us good luck, so it’s kind of cool.”
McEachren is one of two Truro boys teams competing this weekend. Calen MacIsaac enters the championship on a serious roll, having already won the provincial U15 and U13 crowns this season.
The 11-team girls championship will also be played this weekend on Truro ice. Emma Patriquin and Ally MacNutt are skipping teams from the Truro Curling Club.
Action begins today, and opening ceremonies are slated for 6:15 p.m. Champions will be crowned Monday.
Provincial winners will represent Nova Scotia at the national championship in St. Andrew’s, N.B., in April.