Daniels and Tardi win inaugural BC Junior Curling Tour event

By Ellie Lambert

The teams of Sarah Daniels and Tyler Tardi took a step closer to qualifying for the 2016 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships when they won the Anita Cochrane Memorial Cashspiel at Royal City Curling Club this weekend.

Skip Daniels, and her team of third Dezaray Hawes, second Marika Van Osch and lead Megan Daniels, were unbeaten in the competition and secured the title when Sarah made a draw to the button in the final to defeat Team Brown 7-6 in an extra end.

Kamloops skip Corryn Brown, third Erin Pincott, second Samantha Fisher and lead Sydney Fraser, also had a perfect record ahead of the final, winning all four of their pool games and easing through their semi-final 7-0.

Brown and Daniels last met in the 2015 Tim Hortons BC Women’s Championship final but on that occasion it was the Kamloops rink that came out on top.

Surrey’s Tyler Tardi was triumphant in the Men’s event, defeating Team Kiss 8-2 in the final.

Tardi’s team of third Daniel Wenzek, second Jordan Tardi, lead Nicholas Meister and fifth Sterling Middleton, were dominant throughout the weekend and did not lose a game.

Kiss, and his teammates third Nicholas Umbach, second Travis Cameron and lead Zach Umbach, had a more difficult route to the final as they were part of a three-way tie at the top of their pool but qualified for their semi-final by virtue of the last stone draw rule.

Tardi and Daniels both now top the BC Junior Curling Tour standings with four tour events remaining. The top two teams of each gender on the Tour will receive automatic qualification for the 2016 Tim Hortons BC Junior Championships which take place in Kamloops from December 29 – January 3.

The BC Junior Curling Tour was the brainchild of five-time BC Men’s champion Jim Cotter. Speaking about the tour he said: “The first Annual Anita Cochrane Memorial went great. All of the organizers and Royal City Curling Club did an amazing job and it was great to see 24 teams out there competing this early in the year.

“Junior cashspiels like this, along with the other four tour events, are a great training ground for these young teams. The next goal is to expand the number of events on the tour so that all teams across BC can participate in at least one local spiel. Every team that competed this weekend can walk away having learnt what they need to do to improve so they can be better at the next junior tour event that takes place in Abbotsford on Thanksgiving weekend”, he added.

The Anita Cochrane Memorial Junior Cashspiel was established in memory of Anita who was an inspirational ambassador of the game competing as a high performance athlete and also a coach. Anita’s parents kindly presented the teams with their trophies and spoke to the competitors about her legacy.

The other BC Junior Curling Tour events are:

  • 9-11: The Abbotsford Curling Club Junior Cashspiel
  • 30-Nov. 1:The Rick Cotter Memorial Cashspiel at Vernon Curling Club
  • 7-8:The Interior Beverages Junior Spiel at Kelowna Curling Club
  • 13-15:The Esquimalt Optimist Junior Cashspiel

For further information on the BC Junior Curling Tour visit www.curlbc.ca/bcjct.

Source:: http://www.curlbc.ca/daniels-and-tardi-win-inaugural-bc-junior-curling-tour-event/


Kamloops curler receives $1,000 scholarship

By Ellie Lambert

Reigning BC Junior champion Erin Pincott has been named as a recipient of the 2015 Curling Canada Foundation Scholarship.

The 20-year-old, who plays third on Team Brown, is one of 10 young curlers from across the country to receive a scholarship.

Erin, who is currently studying at Thompson Rivers University, was part of the team that won the Canadian Junior Championships in 2013 and took silver at the 2015 CIS / Curling Canada Championships.

The $1,000 scholarships are funded by Canadian curling donors and supporters and aim to help college and university students with their education and curling costs.

Speaking about becoming a scholar, Erin said: “I am very honoured to have received this award! I know there are many deserving student athletes from all over the country that applied so when I found out I would be one of the recipients I was very grateful.

“This scholarship will definitely alleviate some of the stress associated with working, going to school full-time and curling. It will allow me to focus more on my studies as well as my curling training.”

A total of 60 young curlers applied for a scholarship and the panel looked at both the applicant’s academic and curling achievements, as well as the commitment that they have shown to the sport through volunteering and coaching.

Source:: http://www.curlbc.ca/kamloops-curler-receives-1000-scholarship/


BC Men’s Bonspiel Tours

By Ellie Lambert

We are launching two new bonspiel tours in BC and we want you to be part of them.

Due to the success of the Region 11 Men’s Bonspiel Tour, a pilot project is now underway to have similar bonspiel tours on Vancouver Island and in the Thompson/Okanagan in 2015/16 with two teams from both areas qualifying to play in a BC bonspiel tour championship.

The four teams from the Island and Thompson/Okanagan will join up with 12 teams from Region 11 in late March at Cloverdale Curling Club to what would normally be the Region 11 Men’s Bonspiel Tour Championship into create a BC Bonspiel Tour Championship. All 16 teams in the event will qualify based on tour points earned at participating club bonspiels in their respective areas.

To find out more information about each regional tour, please click on the links below:

2015-16 Tour Rules and Guidelines

  • A team can designate four or five players as their team. In order to obtain team points at a tour bonspiel, at least three of the designated team players must compete throughout the bonspiel.
  • Each team is allowed only one player who, in the current or previous season, has played in a provincial championship or U.S. national championship (mixed, men’s, or senior men’s) or participated in a Grand Slam event. Masters and juniors competitions are not a component of these eligibility criteria.
  • Region 11 Tour teams must register by the Friday, Mar. 5/16 to be eligible for the BC Bonspiel Tours Championship. Teams competing on the Vancouver Island and Thompson-Okanagan tours must register by Monday, Mar. 14/16 to be eligible.
  • There is no minimum or maximum age to take part.
  • Each curler on a team must be a member of a club affiliated with the Canadian Curling Association or the U.S. Curling Association.
  • A curler can only register for one team for the purposes of the tour.
  • Any team may compete in a tour bonspiel without being a registered team on the tour.

Tour Points

  • Tour points are awarded for reaching the semi-finals of the A, B and C events with the following event points:
    – A event winner – 10 points x the no. of teams in the bonspiel
    – A runner-up, B winner and C winner – 9 points x the no. of teams in the bonspiel
    – A semi-finalists, B runner-up, C runner-up – 8 points x the no. of teams in the bonspiel
    – B and C semi-finalists – 7 points x the no. of teams in the bonspiel
  • If a bonspiel is run with more than three events (A,B and C) and a team losing its first two games drops into the D event, then tour points will be awarded to the top two teams in the C and D events rather than the top four teams in the C event.
  • If a bonspiel is run with teams playing round robins in blocks then tour points will be awarded to teams advancing from round robin play into playoffs, up to a maximum of 12 teams. The tour points awarded to those qualifying teams will be divided into the four point categories (7 – 10) as appropriate. The winning team will be in the 10-point category and the second place team will be in the nine-point category
  • Tour teams can also claim 50 participation points if they play in a tour event but fail to earn points through qualification. For a second such result they may claim 60 points. Participation points will increase by 10 points for each subsequent bonspiel in which teams fail to qualify, up to a maximum of 100 participation points per bonspiel. The onus is on the tour team to notify the tour coordinator in order to claim participation points.
  • Teams can register for the tour points standings through the designated tour page on the Curl BC website or the host club can ask if they would like to register after they qualify for points at the host club’s bonspiel. The host club could then also pass the team info on to the tour coordinator.
  • Any points from an event earned by non-tour teams will not be transferred to tour-registered teams.

BC Men’s Bonspiel Tours Championship

  • There will be eight teams from the Region 11 Men’s Bonspiel Tour and two teams each from the Vancouver Island and Thompson-Okanagan Bonspiel Tours qualifying for the BC Bonspiel Tours Championship, Mar. 18-20 at the Cloverdale Curling Club. Teams will qualify based on the tour points standings. The teams will compete for free or a nominal fee, depending on the funds raised through tour events.
  • If one or more teams decline an invitation to compete in the BC Bonspiel Tours Championship, then invitations will be issued to the next teams down the list in the points standings.
  • Each team will contribute $100 to the players’ prize pool. All of the money in this prize pool will be paid back to the teams based on games won in the round robin and playoff portions of the championship.
  • The 12 teams in the BC Men’s Bonspiel Tours Championship will seeded into two or three pools for a round robin competition followed by sudden-death playoff games. Ties in round robin standings will be broken by a team draw-to-the-button contest at the completion of the last round robin game.
  • The tour championship will begin Friday evening and continue on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a luncheon banquet on Saturday following the morning draw.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top four finishing teams in the BC Bonspiel Tours Championship and to the teams that finish on top of the three (Region 11, Vancouver Island and Thompson-Okanagan) tour points standings.

Source:: http://www.curlbc.ca/bc-mens-bonspiel-tours/


Kelowna to host 2016 CIS/Curling Canada Championships

By Ellie Lambert

Trips to the 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan, will be on the line when Canada’s best university curling teams gather in Kelowna, B.C., for the 2016 CIS/Curling Canada Canadian University Curling Championships.

The championships will be staged March 20-23 at the Kelowna Curling Club, it was announced jointly today by Curling Canada and Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

The winning teams in Kelowna will represent Canada at the 2017 Winter Universiade, scheduled for Jan. 28 to Feb. 8 in Almaty.

“We’re thrilled to see the CIS/Curling Canada championships return to British Columbia for the second time in four years,” said Graham Brown, who was named earlier this month the new chief executive officer of CIS. “The City of Kelowna has a long tradition of curling excellence and there is no doubt the organizing committee will offer our CIS student-athletes an unforgettable experience, especially with this year’s championship teams earning the opportunity to represent Canada at the 2017 Winter Universiade.”

It will be the ninth edition of the CIS/Curling Canada university nationals, and it will be the first time the event has been staged in Kelowna. It’s the second time the championships have been decided in B.C. after Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops hosted in 2013.

“We’re thrilled that the next generation of Canadian curling stars will be coming to Kelowna for the CIS/Curling Canada nationals,” said Peter Ellison, president of the Kelowna Curling Club. “We have a world-class facility that will allow these athletes to put on a great show, and the enthusiastic curling community of Kelowna will be in for a treat.”

At the 2015 CIS/Curling Canada championships, BC’s Team Brown, from Thompson Rivers University, took home the silver medal after losing a close game against Junior World Champion Kelsey Rocque’s University of Alberta team.

“University curling has continued to grow in Canada and we’re excited to see this event move to the Okanagan Valley,” said Pat Ray, Acting Chief Executive Officer for Curling Canada. “Considering what’s at stake in Kelowna, we’re expecting a wonderful display of curling from Canada’s best university players.”

(Article courtesy of Curling Canada)

Source:: http://www.curlbc.ca/kelowna-to-host-2016-ciscurling-canada-championships/


Club Coach Youth workshop coming to Abbotsford

By Ellie Lambert

The Abbotsford Curling Club is going to be hosting a Club Coach Youth Workshop on Oct 3. The one-day workshop costs $50.00 + taxes

The philosophy of this workshop is to create a safe, fun and positive learning environment for kids. Participants will learn how to create an environment in which kids will have a positive learning experience while gaining basic curling skills.

This one-day workshop is ideal for parents and volunteers involved in club-based junior curling programs. Youth as young as 14 years of age may register for this workshop.
Learn about:

  • Running junior programs
  • Making ethical decisions
  • Emergency action plans
  • Volunteer recruitment & recognition
  • Basic technique, games, skills, activities and lots more

To register for this workshop please click here.

The deadline for registration is 11:45pm on Saturday, September 28.

Source:: http://www.curlbc.ca/club-coach-youth-workshop-coming-to-abbotsford/