Curling team performs well weeks before provincials

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The men’s curling team continued their stellar season over this past weekend with a dominant performance at the McMaster Invitational.

An unbeaten weekend at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club saw the Golden Hawks post a 4-0-1 record over two days of play in the tournament hosted by McMaster University.

Without their skip, Matt Hall, Coach Matt Wilkinson was forced to field a different lineup.

John Willsey handled the duties at skip, Jordie Lyon-Hatcher was at vice, Adam Vincent at second and Graham Singer was throwing the lead stones.

Laurier curled well all weekend as they got victories over Brock, York, Ryerson and Sault College, while drawing with the Guelph Gryphons, 5-5.

This performance has the Golden Hawks men’s curling team at a record of 6-1-1 this season against OUA and OCAA competition.

Laurier will return to action when they host the Laurier invitational, a one-day competition on Feb. 8, that will take place at the KW Granite Club.

This will be their final major tune-up before the provincial championships, which start in just over two weeks’ time.

Three of the curlers on the varsity team will compete for the Ontario men’s curling championship at the Ontario Tankard this week, hosted at the Cornwall Civic Complex.

Matt Hall, John Willsey and Jordie Lyon-Hatcher will compete on different teams for a chance to qualify for the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier and represent Ontario.

“We are always pleased to see the achievements of our athletes as we work hard to ensure they’re able to have success with their club teams and with the Golden Hawks,” Coach Matt Wilkinson said this past week.

For Willsey and Lyon-Hatcher, this is their first time, while skip Matt Hall was here competing last year.

No doubt, it is an exciting time for curling around the Laurier campus as the men’s curling team prepare for the OUA Championships.

While on the other hand, three of those curlers will compete this week for a chance to play at the Brier, along with several Laurier alumni curling professionally in the Tournament of Hearts.

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