Three teams qualify for BC Scotties at first open playdown

By Rebecca Connop Price

Three teams have booked their trip to the 2016 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, after an exciting weekend in Kelowna.

Teams Gibson, Thompson and Van Osch qualified for the BC Scotties at the first women’s open playdown of the season, which took place at Kelowna Curling Club this weekend (Nov 27-29).

Team Gibson, from the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster, is made up of Fourth Lindsay Hudyma, Third Rebecca Turley, Second Michelle Dunn, Skip Amy Gibson (who throws lead rocks), alternate Kirsten Fox and coach Jay Batch. The team went undefeated in the event, winning the A Event final 7-5 against Diane Gushulak’s Royal City rink with a steal of 2 in the final end.

Team Thompson qualified from the B Event final with a 6-5 win over Team Gushulak in an extra end. The team from Kamloops Curling Club is made up of Skip Karla Thompson, Third Kristen Recksiedler, Second Tracey Lavery, Lead Trysta Vandale and Coach Garry Vandenbergh.

At the C Event final, Team Van Osch, with 2014 BC Scotties champion Kesa Van Osch at the helm, also faced Team Gushulak. The Nanaimo Curling Centre team, with Kesa’s sister Kalia Van Osch at Third, Shawna Jensen at Second, Carley St. Blaze playing Lead, Marika Van Osch as the alternate and coach Jim Newlands, beat Team Gushalak’s rink (Diane Gushulak , skip, Grace MacInnes, third, Jessie Sanderson, second, Sandra Comadina, lead, Neil Houston, coach) 7-5.

The three teams join Patti Knezevic’s Prince George rink, who will return to the championship in 2016 to defend her 2015 title. The team is made up of Knezevic, Kristen Pilote, Jen Rusnell and Rhonda Camozzi. The Kelowna rink of six-time BC women’s champion Kelly Scott, with Third Shannon Aleksic, Second Jenna Loder and Lead Sarah Pyke were the top CTRS (Canadian Team Ranking System) team and qualified based on those results.

The 2016 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, takes place at the Coquitlam Curling Club from January 19-24, 2016. The semi-finals and finals will be televised on Sportsnet.

The remaining three berths will be awarded at playdowns at the Golden Ears Winter Club from December 11-13. Visit http://www.playdowns.com to view the team line-ups and to follow the live scores.

Source:: http://www.curlbc.ca/three-teams-qualify-for-bc-scotties-at-first-open-playdown/

      

Brush head technology moratorium for competitive play

By Rebecca Connop Price

Curling Canada, in alignment with the World Curling Federation, has issued a brush head technology moratorium document for all events leading up to national and international competitions. The document can be found on the Rules page of the Curl BC website. The document outlines which brush heads are allowable for Curl BC playdowns and championship events and which are not. It states the rules, compliance, enforcement, penalties and authority.

Curl BC will continue to monitor the development of World Curling Federation/Curling Canada policy on this well publicized matter. In the meantime, it is up to each team to ensure their equipment is in compliance with the rules and policies.

Source:: http://www.curlbc.ca/brush-head-technology-moratorium-for-competitive-play/

      

Coquitlam gears up to host 2016 BC Scotties

By Rebecca Connop Price

The best women curlers in the province will be showcased in the city when the Coquitlam Curling Club hosts the 2016 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western.

The event will take place from January 19-24, 2016, and will feature eight elite women’s curling teams vying for their chance to go to nationals. The semi-finals and finals of the provincial event will be televised on Sportsnet.

Patti Knezevic’s Prince George rink will return to the championship in 2016 to defend their 2015 title. The team is made up of Kristen Pilote, Jen Rusnell and Rhonda Camozzi. The rink of six-time BC women’s champion Kelly Scott, with Third Shannon Aleksic, Second Jenna Loder and lead Sarah Pyke were the top CTRS (Canadian Team Ranking System) team and qualified based on those results. The remaining six berths will be awarded at playdowns.

New for 2016, the Coquitlam event will feature eight teams in a round robin draw.

The Coquitlam Curling Club is hosting the event in its home at the state-of-the-art Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex, which was completed in 2010.

The event will attract curling fans from across the province and will be viewed by curling fans across the nation when it is televised on Sportsnet.

The winner of the 2016 BC Scotties will travel to Grande Prairie, Alberta, in February 2016 for the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women’s Curling Championship.

Coquitlam Curling Club has recently hosted two provincial championships, the 2014 BC Wheelchair Championship and the 2013 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships.

Playdowns for the 2016 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship will take place at Kelowna Curling Club November 27-29 (three berths) and the Golden Ears Winter Club December 11-13 (three berths).

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Source:: http://www.curlbc.ca/coquitlam-gears-up-to-host-2016-bc-scotties/

      

Curl BC announces broadcast times of three championship events

By Rebecca Connop Price

An experienced field of broadcasters will provide curling fans with exciting content when three of Curl BC’s championship events are again televised on Sportsnet.

The New Year will get off to a great start when the 2016 Tim Hortons Junior Curling Championships finals are aired. Broadcasters Rob Faulds and Melissa Soligo will take to the mic during the broadcast on Sunday, January 3, 2016. The junior women’s final will air starting at 9 a.m. on Sportsnet Pacific and the junior men’s final will air starting at 2 p.m. on Sportsnet One.

Rob, a seasoned sportscaster, and Melissa, Olympian (1992) and Curl BC’s resident high performance coach, have paired up at the juniors for the past two years and will bring their knowledgeable repartee back to the juniors.

New to Curl BC will be broadcaster Mark Lee, who is well known for his play-by-play coverage of Olympic curling, athletics and CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. Mark will join Melissa during the broadcast of the semi-finals and finals of the 2016 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western. Also new to Curl BC, will be Joan McCusker, Olympian (1998) and curling commentator for Sportsnet, who will join Mark for the broadcasts of the semi final and final of the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship.

Curl BC CEO, Scott Braley, commented: “It’s great to see such experienced and highly regarded broadcasters once again covering this season’s Curl BC championships on Sportsnet. Sportsnet takes a very professional, but also enjoyable approach to these broadcasts which enhances the experience for all involved, particularly the curlers, the host committees and the many spectators watching across the country.”

  • The women’s semi final will air at 11 a.m. on Sunday, January 24, on Sportsnet Pacific, and the final will air at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 24, on Sportsnet One.
  • The men’s semi final will air at 11 a.m. on Sunday, February 14, on Sportsnet Pacific and the final will air at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, on Sportsnet 360*.

The 2016 Tim Hortons Junior Curling Championships will take place at Kamloops Curling Club, home of last year’s junior women’s champions, Team Brown, and will run from December 29, 2015, to January 3, 2016.

The 2016 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, will take place at Coquitlam Curling Club and will run from January 19 to 24, 2016.

The 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship will take place at Nelson Curling Club and will run from February 10 to 14, 2016.

In October 2012 it was announced that Curl BC had signed a major 10-year agreement with Sportsnet. This agreement gives Sportsnet the rights to air all Curl BC curling championships. Sportsnet signed similar agreements with other provincial curling associations and is therefore able to air provincial championships from BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario, attracting a viewership of well over 300,000.

*Sportsnet 360, previously known as The Score, is available as part of many non-premium packages through cable television providers, including Shaw, Telus and Novus. Contact your provider for more information.

Source:: http://www.curlbc.ca/curl-bc-announces-broadcast-times-of-three-championship-events/

      

Playdowns see top junior teams win berths to provincials

By Rebecca Connop Price

The hunt for berths for the 2016 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships continues, with seven teams qualifying over the weekend in the tightly contested Coastal region.

In addition to the seven berths decided at Coastal Playdowns at Port Moody Curling Club, one junior women’s team qualified at Northern Playdowns in Prince George over the weekend (Nov 20-22). Four teams had previously qualified because of their success on the BC Junior Curling Tour and one Kootenay team qualified without having a playdown.

It brings the total number of qualifiers for the junior provincial event to 13, with three spaces yet to be decided. The championships feature eight junior men’s and eight junior women’s teams competing in an round robin event at Kamloops Curling Club from December 29 2015 – January 3 2016.

The Junior Men’s and Junior Women’s finals will be televised on Sportsnet on January 3. Visit http://www.curlbc.ca/communications/tv-schedules/ for the TV schedule.

Playdowns in the Okanagan and Kootenays from December 4-6 will decide the remaining two junior women’s berths and the remaining one junior men’s berth.

On the Junior Men’s side, Team Henderson, from the Victoria Curling Centre, qualified in the Coastal Playdowns A event, with Skip Paul Henderson, Third Duncan Silversides, Second Benton Boychuk-Chorney, Lead Timothy Henderson and coach Todd Troyer. The team was the gold medallist at last year’s Tim Hortons BC Junior Men’s Championship. Also winning in the A event was Team Kiss. Jordan Kiss’s Royal City Curling Club rink of Third Nicholas Umbach, Second Travis Cameron, Lead Zachary Umbach and fifth Matt Young is coached by Craig Lightbody.

Another team competing at the juniors will be Team Carpenter, also from the Royal City Curling Club, who qualified in the Coastal Playdowns B event, with Skip Brayden Carpenter, Third Tyler Proctor, Second Matthew Chan, Lead Breyden Chong and coaches Roger Chan and Curt Bogren. The C event was won by Islanders Team Croteau. The team, who curl at the Victoria Curling Centre and Kerry Park Curling Club, is made up of Connor Croteau who skips the team with Scott Gray playing Third, Derek Chandler at Second and Jared Vlassis at Lead. They are coached by Bob Coulombe.

The winner of the Kootenay region is Team Bartlett. The team, who play at Grand Forks Curling Club and Invermere Curling Club, is made up of Skip Zane Bartlett, Third Sam Gaspar, Second Steven Schafthuizen (Kamloops), Lead Colin Anderson, Fifth Devon Anderson and coach Dave Bartlett.

On the junior women’s side, three teams qualified through the Coastal Playdowns. The A event winner was Team Coulombe from Victoria Curling Centre. Skipped by Mariah Coulombe, the team is comprised of Third Bailey Tinkler, Second Jordan Koster, Lead Sydney Brilz and coach Andrew Komlodi. Delta Thistle Curling Club’s Team Loken qualified in the B event. The team is coached by Marion McNeill and is made up of Sarah Loken – skip, Catera Park – third, Kylie Karoway – second and Kim Bonneau – lead.

Shawna Jensen, who was a bronze medallist in 2014, will this year skip a team made up of curlers from three different locations – Tunnel Town Curling Club, Juan de Fuca Curling Centre and Parksville Curling Club. Skip Shawna will be joined by Third Katherine Silversides, Second Michaela Douglas, Lead Rebecca Douglas, Fifth Sarah McCrady and coach Dave Douglas.

The final team to qualify over the weekend was Team Connell, from Prince George Golf and Curling Club. Alyssa Connell’s rink of Third Bailey Eberherr, Second Jordan Henson, Lead Erin Ross and coach Rick Fewster, will represent the north at the 2016 juniors.

The results of Curl BC playdowns can be viewed on http://www.playdowns.com/ under the British Columbia (Curl BC) tab.

Teams Tardi, Daniels, McCrady and Brown qualified through their success on the BC Junior Curling Tour.

Source:: http://www.curlbc.ca/playdowns-see-top-junior-teams-win-berths-to-provincials/