Silver looks to build off Bantam showing
After finishing in a tie for fourth at last week’s Northern Ontario Bantam boys’ provincial playdowns in Longlac, Fort Frances curler Chris Silver already is looking forward to making it back next year.
“I thought the experience was really good,” said Silver, who is in Grade 8 at J.W. Walker School.
“The event was what I expected it to be as we had some tough games against some tough teams, and we had to work really hard,” Silver noted.
“But I was pleased about the way that we worked as a team, and with how good we were with our hitting.”
Silver, who was joined by third Reece Jones, second Jason Bazylewski, and lead Kurt McGuire, compiled a 3-3 record during round-robin play, which ran from Thursday to Saturday.
Their first victory was an 8-7 win over Mackenzie Joblin (Thunder Bay) on Thursday night, which they followed with a pair of triumphs Friday over Keewatin’s Jaron Hoppe and Timmins’ Felix Lasalle by scores of 6-3 and 13-6, respectively.
“Those wins over Joblin and Lasalle really stand out for us,” said Silver, who threw third stones while Jones shot the skip rocks.
“We were down by two with one end to go against Joblin,” he noted. “[But] we were able to get those two points and stole a point in the extra end to win it, and that gave us a lot of confidence.
“When we were going up against Lasalle, we knew that they were a strong team as they had been playing well in the game before,” Silver added.
“But we played a strong hitting game and we had a pair of five-enders.”
Having previously lost to Nick Servant (Sault Ste. Marie) and eventual champion Tanner Horgan (Sudbury), the Silver rink had a chance to get into a tie-breaker on Saturday morning if they could beat Benjamin Manary (Sault Ste. Marie) and if Joblin lost his final round-robin game.
While Joblin did lose to Servant, Silver was unable to nab a victory, falling 8-4 to Manary in a game where Silver missed two ends due to an fluke injury.
“We were down 3-1 after the third, and then I slid into a board that was in between two of the sheets there and I landed on my hip,” he recalled.
“I had to sit out a couple of ends, and I think the guys might have been a little worried about me because we didn’t play our best and we were down by a score of 7-1 when I came back in the sixth end.
“We got back into the game once we had four players again, but it was too late,” Silver conceded.
Despite missing out on the playoffs, Silver feels he and his rink have a lot they can build off for the future, especially after finishing up their first-ever provincial championship with a .500 record.
“I think we just need to keep doing the same thing when it comes to our approach,” he remarked.
“We can be successful as long as we can keep improving our game as we have been playing a lot better since the regional playdowns,” he added.