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In its first year in the senior category, the skip François Roberge was successful in his bid to qualify for the canadian championships which will take place from 22 to 28 march, at Chilliwack, British Columbia.
Roberge, 50 years, and the members of his team Serge Reid, Maxime Elmaleh and Daniel Bédard showed character in winning their last four games at the provincial championships held in Sorel-Tracy, last week, including the match tiebreaker.
The Sunday victory in the final by 8-5 against Ted Butler had even more special meaning to the quartet since it was formed in the beginning of the season. In the past, among the elites, Reid and Bédard were fierce opponents to the captain Roberge.
“We have united our efforts this year to attempt to represent Quebec. That said, it is complicated a little life in the preliminary round by losing the last game. He then had to win four games to win the championship. He had to fight until the last stone of each of the parties,” explained the Lévisien, who had put the hand on the national title at the prestigious Brier in 2006 in the team of Jean-Michel Ménard. He has participated four times at this appointment.
In the West, trained in québec hopes to climb on one of the three steps of the podium.
“Our objectives are quite high, but one has no idea of our opponents because it is one of the first provinces to have held its provincial. The level is more raised at the senior level. I believe in our chances to make a podium” was raised by the member of the club Etchemin.
Reid, of Saguenay, had represented the province at this tournament in 2010. Bedard comes from Lacolle. The cream of the curling male québécois is therefore in some way met, and this necessitated a slight adjustment period at the start.
“What helps us is our experience. It follows us still. We learned to know each other this fall. We had never played together, all four of them. Maxime and I, it’s our 39th year, but with Serge, it took an adaptation. We played five tournaments on the provincial circuit, it has won four. It is different to play with, but let’s just say it has clicked quite quickly,” admitted Roberge, who is the coordinator at SSQ Insurance in the life of every day.
“Monday morning, I was at the office! We are going to have a lot of training before our departure, it said.”