Curling wins fifth at U Sports national tournament

Skip, Wesley Forget, named first team All-Canadian

The men's curling team walked away from the U Sports Championships in fifth place.
The men's curling team walked away from the U Sports Championships in fifth place.
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The men’s curling team, led by seasoned skip Wesley Forget, missed out on the semifinals at the U Sports Championships in Thunder Bay this week, finishing the round robin 3-4. The team is returning to Queen’s with a fifth place finish at nationals. 

Wesley Forget, the team’s 25-year-old skip and former coach, had hoped for better results for the team.

“I can't say I wasn't disappointed. We all struggled in the first game but I let us down in the subsequent three losses,” Forget said.

“If I had made an extra shot or two for each game we would have had a very different record in my opinion. I struggled putting the broom in the right places in the early games so misses from the rest of my team were my responsibility.”

Forget, who has referred to curling as “chess on ice,” said that the conditions of the ice at the tournament made for a difficult adjustment. “Curling is hard because you are playing against your opponent as much as you are the environment. Every sheet of ice is different and every spot on a sheet of ice is different and we didn't map it out quickly enough — I didn't rather,” Forget said.

Forget displayed leadership throughout the tournament and was honoured with the title of a first team All-Canadian. Fellow teammate, Alex Cormier, was awarded the R.W. Pugh Fair Play and Sportsmanship award.

Forget said he wasn’t expecting the honour of first team All-Canadian. “It was certainly a shock to be named first team all-star. I know I played well and the three players ahead of me are responsible for that,” Forget said.

“They gave me the correct information before I threw my shots so I had everything I needed to make them. The ice was also consistent for speed during most of the week, which was nice.”

 

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