Team Tardi has become the first BC Men’s curling team to win a medal at the Canada Winter Games since 1999.
The rink, which hails from Surrey, Fort St John, Coquitlam and Victoria, beat Saskatchewan 11-2 to win the bronze medal game.
The last time the BC Men won a medal was in 1999 when Brad Kuhn’s team took home the silver, they then went on to win the World Junior crown in 2000.
Team Tardi began their Canada Winter Games campaign in emphatic style when they won all five of their round robin games. Unfortunately, they lost to Manitoba 6-5 in a very close semi-final game before bouncing back for their bronze medal victory.
Skip Tyler, third Sterling Middleton, second Nicholas Umbach and lead Timothy Henderson, led the game from the start after picking up a deuce in the first end and stole singles in the second and third before delivering a game-deciding blow in the sixth when they got a five-ender.
Speaking about competing at the Games, Tardi said: “It was a big honour to play the sport I love, representing my province on home soil. The atmosphere in Prince George was incredible – it reminded me of when I went to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
“Even though the semi-final outcome wasn’t what we had hoped, it was a huge honour to win a medal in our home province.”
It is now the BC Women’s turn to take to the ice and Team Daniels has made a strong start to their campaign beating Nunavut 10-3 in the opening game.
The team of skip Sarah, third Dezaray Hawes, second Cierra Fisher and lead Sydney Hofer, will now play six other games in their pool before hopefully progressing to the knock-out games which take place on Friday.
You can watch Team Daniels’ games online at 10am on Tuesday, February 24 and 9am on Thursday, February 26, they are being webcast here http://sportscanada.tv/canadagames/index.php/week2/womens-curling. The gold medal game will also be broadcast (tape-delayed) at 7.30pm on Saturday, February 28 on TSN2.