An easily obtained banner has sent the Trochu Senior Boys Curling Team off to provincials in March after a weekend bonspiel.
Bow Valley and Cochrane High Schools hosted the South Central Senior High Zone on Sat. Feb 9 where Trochu faced off against Drumheller, Olds, Cremona, Bow Valley and Cochrane in round robin and playoff matches.
Coach Louis Perrault found the team made it look easy after winning all of their matches undefeated with many games ending early due to the point difference.
“It’s pretty awesome. The boys are pretty excited,” said Perrault. “They won the round robin then they won the two playoff games so they went five and ‘o’ for the weekend so they did awesome. They curled very well.”
The team’s final match was against Olds where they won 13 – 1, claiming the banner and gold medals.
Olds automatically took silver after the game while Cremona took bronze. Trochu has not won a zone title since 1987, 32 years prior to their win over the weekend.
The team consists of four Grade 11 boys.
Two curl in a Red Deer league while one curls in Three Hills regularly and the fourth player has never curled before this year.
“I said ‘Well let’s take this as a learning experience’ because hopefully, they can go next year as well,” Perrault continued.
Alberta’s top 10 teams from each division including Trochu are set to travel to St. Paul come March 6 – 9 for provincials.
The school is hosting the boys, girls and mixed curling championships together where a banquet and opening ceremony will be held among other unique qualities to the tournament.
Coach Perrault hopes to fit a few more practices in before the final bonspiel.
“There will be some practice ice times. We are trying to get some ice times in Three Hills so we will have a couple or three practices. Two of the boys still curl in their Red Deer leagues so we have to work around their schedule,” he said.