When 16-year-old Ancaster High student Matthew McGuire is not busy building rocket engines to compete in Science Fairs, he’s staying in shape as a member of Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club’s bantam boys curling team.
The eighth-year player plays the second position, sweeping the bulk of the shots when not throwing his own.
“It’s really hard work; some people don’t realize how much sweeping affects the outcome of the shots,” said Matthew. “I sweep six stones per end, 48 stones per game. Needless to say, I get a good workout.”
Sister Emma, a year younger, has also been curling for eight years, and for the first time in recent Hamilton history, it will be a family affair as their respective teams have qualified for the provincial bantam boys and girls (age 16 and under) Championships Feb. 5-8 in Coldwater.
“I enjoy the competitiveness, and our team this year has really clicked,” said Emma. “While we haven’t played my brother’s team this year, I feel we could hold our own as we are a finesse team and curling is equally a strategy game, like chess on ice, and an athletic sport.”
Emma plays the lead position on her team representing Glendale Golf and Country Club in Hamilton. She is joined on Team Guilfoyle by Cassandra Guilfoyle, Rene Hares and Lindsay Geerkens. Matthew plays for Dundas Valley’s Team Simonits, also comprising Alexander Simonits, Bryan Freve and Ryan Proc.
Both squads qualified for the provincials by first winning the Burlington/Hamilton/Niagara Zone and then adding the southwestern Ontario titles a week later.
Live scoring from the Provincials will be posted on www.ontcurl.com starting Feb. 5.