BC Junior champions on-track to regain Canadian title

By Ellie Lambert

The winners of the 2015 Tim Horton’s BC Junior Men’s and Women’s titles have spent the last week doing the province proud on the national stage in Cornerbrook, NL.

For the past seven days Team Brown and Team Henderson have been battling it out at the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships.

Team Brown, from Kamloops Curling Club, have made the semi-finals and therefore remain on-track to regain the Women’s title that they won in 2013.

The team, of skip Corryn Brown, third Erin Pincott, second Samantha Fisher and lead Sydney Fraser, won all six of their round robin games to qualify for the next stage unbeaten.

The rink then suffered three losses in the Championship Pool but their 7-3 overall record was good enough to secure them a spot in the semi-finals with against Ontario’s Team Brandwood. The winner will progress to the final to play current World Champion Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque who is aiming to become only the fourth skip to win back-to-back Canadian Junior titles.

The BC Junior Men’s Champions, Team Henderson, also progressed to the Championship Pool with a 4-2 record in their round robin group including a staggering 19-2 eight-end victory over Nunavut.

Skip Paul Henderson, and his team of third Duncan Silversides, second Benton Boychuk-Chorney and lead Jacob Zorn, won one of their Championship games but lost the other three. The Victoria rink finished seventh overall therefore surpassing their seeding of ninth.

You can watch the Women’s semi-final on TSN at 9am BC time on Saturday or follow the scores online via the CCA’s website.

Photo credit: Amanda Romboldt

Source: http://www.curlbc.ca/bc-junior-champions-maintain-their-momentum/


BC Mixed Doubles Championship begins

By Ellie Lambert

One of the newest and most fast-paced formats of curling is being showcased in White Rock this weekend as the BC Mixed Doubles Championship gets underway.

It is only the third time that the Championship, which runs at Peace Arch Curling Centre from January 30 – February 2, has taken place.

The event will see teams play a two-person version of curling with draws taking place at 3:30pm and 7.30pm today, continuing tomorrow throughout the day and then culminating with the semi-final and final on Sunday.

Thirteen teams representing clubs in Vancouver, Victoria, Langley, New Westminster, Delta, Chilliwack, Juan de Fuca and Peace Arch will be taking part, including the 2013 champions Tyler Tardi and Dezaray Hawes. The winner will go on to compete at nationals in Ottawa and, if successful there, at the worlds which are being held in the 2014 Olympic venue in Sochi, Russia.

Information about the teams and live results can be found on Playdowns.com

The Mixed Doubles game format is becoming more popular and could even become an Olympic event in 2018.

There is one male and one female curler and the game is played over eight ends (instead of the usual 10). Each team has only six stones and one of those stones from each team is prepositioned on the centre line before every end of play. One player delivers the first and last stones of the end while the other player throws the second, third and fourth stones. If they choose to, the two players may swap positions from one end to the next. Both team members are also allowed to sweep.

There are no age restrictions on who can play so participants can be anywhere from juvenile (16 and under) up to masters level (60 plus).

At the national level, a total of 32 teams will compete, with the teams divided into four round-robin pools of eight, with the top two from each pool and the next four best round-robin records moving onto the 12-team single-knockout playoff round.

For more information about the championship, visit the Peace Arch Curling website.

Source: http://www.curlbc.ca/bc-mixed-doubles-championship-begins/