New management for Rocks and Rings program in BC

By Rebecca Connop Price

The Egg Farmers’ Rocks and Rings presented by Curling Canada program will continue under new management in BC.

In order to take better advantage of Rock Solid Productions’ (RSP) marketing expertise and staff, Curl BC has handed the management and operation of the program to RSP.

As you may be aware, RSP is the parent company of the Egg Farmers’ Rocks and Rings program, and manages and operates the program in almost all of the other Canadian provinces. This change in management and operations took effect November 10, 2017.

As of November 10, RSP responds to and books all requests for the Rocks and Rings program deliveries in British Columbia. If Curl BC has already booked and confirmed a program delivery, Curl BC will complete the delivery.

Curl BC and RSP will work together to ensure as seamless a transition as possible.

The Egg Farmers’ Rocks and Rings presented by Curling Canada program visits participating schools for a full school day. It takes over the gym as classes take turns visiting for 40 minute sessions of fun and instruction.

Various drills, relays and team-building activities are used to introduce students to the sport of curling. It is a highly interactive program with the emphasis on fun!

Unique indoor floor curling equipment is used to provide a true curling experience without requiring ice!

At the end, each participating child receives their own Egg Farmers Rocks & Rings Graduation Certificate that they can share and discuss with their parents.
The school also receives a Getting Started in Curling guide courtesy of Curling Canada.

To book the program at your school visit http://rocksandrings.com/#contact.

For more general information about Rocks & Rings, visit http://rocksandrings.com.

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Excitement builds for BC Scotties in Victoria

By Rebecca Connop Price

An exciting display from the province’s best curlers will be on show at the Victoria Curling Club from Jan. 2-7.

The teams will be competing for the chance to represent BC at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women’s Curling Championship in Penticton.

Eight talented rinks, a mix of veteran and new teams, have earned berths to the BC Scotties. Two rinks, Team Donaldson and Team Van Osch, have strong connections to Vancouver Island.

The final four games of the event will be televised on Shaw TV and streamed on YouTube, but fans in Victoria are encouraged to see the action live.

Event chair Danielle Callens said: “Curling is best experienced live, and spectators will be wowed by the dynamism and skill of BC’s best curlers. The BC Scotties are an accessible, inexpensive introduction to the sport. Kids 18 and under are admitted free, allowing the province’s top curlers to inspire a new generation of curlers and curling fans.

The BC Scotties Opening Ceremonies begin at 5:30pm on Jan. 2. A $5 ticket for the opening draw at 7pm on Jan. 2 allows free entry to our kick-off celebrations.”

Team Brown, last year’s BC Junior Women’s Champions, and Team Gushulak, the 2017 BC Scotties silver medalists, were the first teams to secure places at the BC Scotties based on their CTRS (Canadian Team Ranking System) points.

Three more teams qualified for the BC Scotties at playdowns at Hope Curling Club earlier this month. Vernon’s Team Slattery and the Kamloops/Golden Ears team of Karla Thompson claimed berths, along withTeam Donaldson, which includes the Victoria Curling Club’s Carley Sandwith and Steph Jackson-Baier.

The final three BC Scotties spots were clinched at playdowns at Kelowna Curling Club. Newly formed Team Ludwar punched their tickets to Victoria at their home club. Team Gyles, from the Royal City and Cloverdale Curling Clubs, and Nanaimo’s Team Van Osch also secured places.

Tickets for the BC Scotties are available at Victoria Curling Club or online at http://victoriacurlingclub.com/bc-scotties-tickets/ .

Visit http://playdowns.curlbc.ca to see draw times and scores. Visit https://www.curlbc.ca/communications/tv-schedules/ for the television/livestream schedule including links.

Follow the event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaScotties/ and Twitter @2018BCScotties. Curl BC information is available at http://www.curlbc.ca and Twitter and Instagram @CurlBC.

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Team Tardi win 2018 Boston Pizza BC Junior Men’s Curling Championship

By Rebecca Connop Price

Team Tardi will get the chance to defend their Canadian Junior Men’s Curling title when they head to Quebec next month for the national championship.

The Langley/Royal City team secured their trip to nationals after beating Team Ballard 3-1 in tonight’s 2018 Boston Pizza BC Junior Men’s Curling Championship final in Langley. The 2018 New Holland Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships run from Jan. 13-21 in Quebec. That event will be staged at the Centre municipal de curling de Shawinigan and the Aréna Grand-Mère.

The Langley Curling Centre final was a good test for both teams. Team Tardi were looking to improve on their record in this competition against Team Ballard. The rink was the only team to beat Team Tardi in round-robin play ahead of today’s final. Team Ballard, meanwhile, were the third-place team after round robin play and were looking for their first BC championship.

Skip Tyler Tardi, third Sterling Middleton, second Jordan Tardi and coach Paul Tardi were on last year’s team that travelled to nationals, but this will be the first trip to nationals for lead Zachary Curtis. The Tardis live in Cloverdale, while Middleton lives in New Westminster and Curtis lives in Burnaby.

Team Ballard, representing Coquitlam and Royal City, features skip Dawson Ballard (Cloverdale), third Hayato Sato (New Westminster), second Joshua Miki (Port Coquitlam) and lead Troy Chong (Burnaby). They are coached by world champion curler Bryan Miki.

Speaking after the final, Tyler Tardi said he knew it was going to be a tough game. “It was pretty stressful. I have a lot of respect for Team Ballard, they’ve been working hard for as long as I can remember. They’re good throwers, they have a good sense of strategy. Bryan (Miki) has been doing a really good job with the team. I expect them to do really well at U18s.”

Tardi is looking forward to Canadians, and hopefully, another trip to worlds. “It’s always fun to just go there. There’s a lot of friends that go to that event and it’s great to see them. I’m excited to hopefully defend the national title first and then do better at worlds.”

The championship saw eight U21 junior men’s teams and eight U21 junior women’s teams play against each other in an eight-team round robin.

Team Reese-Hansen from Victoria had earlier won the 2018 Boston Pizza BC Junior Women’s competition. That final ended earlier this afternoon.

The men’s and women’s finals were livestreamed on http://sportscanada.tv/curlbc

Visit http://playdowns.curlbc.ca for scores.

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Reese-Hansen wins 2018 Boston Pizza BC Junior Women’s Curling Championship

By Rebecca Connop Price

Victoria’s Team Reese-Hansen will be heading to nationals after winning the 2018 Boston Pizza BC Junior Women’s Curling Championship in Langley today.

The team beat Team Daniels (Royal City/Delta), the team that was number one on the BC Junior Curling Tour, to take the title.

Reese-Hansen made a great outturn hit on a partially buried rock to take the game 6-5 in the extra end.

Skip Taylor Reese-Hansen, third Catera Park (from Coquitlam), second Jordan Koster, and lead Sydney Brilz, took the long route to the final. Finishing 4-3 along with two other teams in the round robin, the team was awarded the number 3 spot in the page playoffs because of their head-to-head and last stone draw results against the two other tied teams. The team then faced Team Buchy from Kimberley in the page 3-4 playoffs, emerging with an 8-7 win. They beat Team Bowles, who had been the number two team after round-robin play, in the semi-finals 7-3.

This is the first year that Reese-Hansen, who is originally from Kitimat, has been a skip and this is her first BC championship.

“It feels amazing. We had a pretty good season and we thought that we would do fairly well but I don’t think we ever expected this,” Reese-Hansen said after the final. “We started off the week with two losses and we weren’t even sure we would make playoffs but once we found out we would be in playoffs, everything came together. We probably played the best game of the week in the final. I’m really proud of the team.”

Skip Sarah Daniels, third Kayla MacMillan, second Megan Daniels and lead Sarah Loken had a fantastic week at the Langley Curling Centre, finishing in the top spot after round robin play with only one loss. A win in the page 1-2 playoffs against Team Bowles gave them a bye to the final. They were awarded the silver medals after the game.

The championship saw eight U21 junior men’s teams and eight U21 junior women’s teams play against each other in an eight-team round robin.

Team Reese-Hansen will now represent BC at the 2018 New Holland Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships from Jan. 13-21. The event will be staged at the Centre municipal de curling de Shawinigan and the Aréna Grand-Mère.

The junior men’s final, featuring the defending champions, Tardi (Langley/Royal City) and Team Ballard (Royal City/Coquitlam) will go ahead today starting at 3:35pm (a delay from what was earlier announced). Watch the livestream at http://sportscanada.tv/curlbc or visit http://playdowns.curlbc.ca for scores.

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Watch the junior men’s and women’s finals on Curl BC TV

By Rebecca Connop Price

Two BC Junior curling teams have already booked their tickets to the finals.

On the men’s side, defending champions Team Tardi won a bye to the final after beating Team Horvarth 8-2 in the Page 1/2 playoffs. The Langley/Royal City team of skip Tyler Tardi, third Sterling Middleton, second Jordan Tardi and lead Zac Curtis will play the winner of the semi final, either Team Ballard or Team Horvath.

On the women’s side, Team Daniels won a bye to the final after beating Team Bowles 11-5 in the Page 1/2 playoffs. The team of skip Sarah Daniels, third Kayla MacMillan, second Megan Daniels, and lead Sarah Loken represent Royal City and Delta curling clubs. They will play either Team Reese-Hansen or Team Bowles, depending on who wins the semi final.

The junior men’s and women’s semi finals happen today (Dec. 22) at 3pm.

The junior women’s finals (11am) and junior men’s finals (3pm) will be broadcast on Dec. 23 at http://sportscanada.tv/curlbc.

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