B.C. takes top spots at Canadian Junior Curling Championships

By Rebecca Connop Price

B.C.’s junior curling teams have soared to the top of their tables at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships, presented by Egg Farmers of Ontario.

In women’s Pool B, B.C.’s Sarah Daniels (Royal City Curling Club) finished an unbeaten preliminary round with an 8-4 win over Ontario’s Courtney Auld (3-3; Thornhill).

In men’s Pool B, B.C.’s Tyler Tardi (Langley Curling Club/Royal City Curling Club) also finished on top at 6-0.

The results mean Team Daniels, with third Marika Van Osch, Second Dezaray Hawes and lead Megan Daniels, will head into the championship pool. The four-game partial round robin will run from today through Friday, with their earlier records carried forward.

Similarly, Team Tardi, with third Daniel Wenzek, second Jordan Tardi and lead Nicholas Meister, is taking part in the championship round.

The first-place teams from the championship rounds will advance directly to Sunday’s gold-medal games, while the second- and third-place teams will meet in the semifinals on Saturday.

For the junior women, Nova Scotia’s Mary Fay (5-1; Chester) finished second, while Saskatchewan’s Kourtney Fesser (4-2; Saskatoon) was third.

In junior men’s play, Northern Ontario’s Tanner Horgan (5-1; Copper Cliff), was second. New Brunswick’s Alex Robichaud (4-2; Moncton) clinched third with a 10-6 win over Saskatchewan’s Jake Hersikorn (3-3; Saskatoon). askatchewan earned the last Championship Round berth.

The Championship and Seeding Rounds kick off today with two draws — at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (PT).

The full scoreboard can be viewed at http://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/

Source:: http://www.curlbc.ca/b-c-takes-top-spots-at-canadian-junior-curling-championships/

      

Team Thompson win the 2016 BC Scotties

By Rebecca Connop Price

They came out storming and they didn’t look back – and now Team Thompson are going to Grande Prairie to represent B.C. at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women’s Curling Championship.

They romped to an 11-3 victory over Team Scott in the final of the 2016 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western.

This will be the second trip to the national Scotties for Karla Thompson, from Kamloops, but the first time with her rink of third Kristen Recksiedler, second Tracey Lavery, lead Trysta Vandale and coach Jeff Richard. The team were jubilant following the victory.

Skip Thompson, a high school teacher, went to nationals in 2008 with Team Allison MacInnes. Speaking after her win this evening she said she was ecstatic. She added: “We worked hard all year and it has paid off.”

Kelly Scott, six-time B.C. champion, and her rink of third Shannon Aleksic, second Jenna Loder, lead Sarah Pyke and coach Gerry Richard, had played a solid game earlier in the day when they defeated Diane Gushulak’s Royal City Rink in the semi-finals.

But in the final, Team Thompson controlled the game and held Team Scott to single points.

The team from Kamloops will now represent B.C. in Grande Prairie from February 18-28. Team B.C. will be in the pre-qualifying round with the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

The B.C. final took place at the home of the Coquitlam Curling Club, the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex.

For more information about the event, visit http://bcscotties2016.curlbc.ca/.

Visit http://www.playdowns.com to view the line scores.

Source:: http://www.curlbc.ca/team-thompson-win-the-2016-bc-scotties/

      

Three teams battle for Scotties title

By Rebecca Connop Price

It was a game that looked like it was going to be over before it had barely begun – but it turned into the comeback of all comebacks.

Down 7-0 after three ends, Team Thompson of Kamloops battled back to win the page 1 vs 2 playoffs 11-10 to secure a place in the final of the 2016 Scotties BC Women’s Championship, presented by Best Western.

The team of skip Karla Thompson, third Kristen Recksiedler, second Tracey Lavery and lead Trysta Vandale looked unsteady against a confident Team Scott at first, but came back strong, scoring 3 in the fourth end and then getting back-to-back steals in the fifth and sixth ends to bring their score up to 6. Scott came back with a deuce, but Thompson returned with a score of 3 in the eighth end. Thompson was able to hold Scott to one point in the 9th end and sealed the deal with a deuce in the tenth to win 11-10.

For Kelly Scott, six-time BC champion, and her rink of third Shannon Aleksic, second Jenna Loder, lead Sarah Pyke and coach Gerry Richard, it was a missed opportunity. But she will have the chance to make amends if she can get past Team Diane Gushulak, of Royal City Curling Club, in the semis tomorrow morning (11 a.m.).

Team Gushulak also battled back from an early deficit. Facing a scoreboard that read 5-1 in favour of Sarah Wark’s Victoria Curling Centre rink, Gushulak turned things around, scoring three in the sixth end and stealing a point in the 8th end to force a tie and bring the game to an extra end. Despite Wark having hammer in the extra end, Gushulak was able to score a deuce to win 10-8.

Gushulak’s Royal City rink features third Grace MacInnes, second Jessie Sanderson, lead Sandra Comadina and coach Neil Houston.

The action continues tomorrow at the Coquitlam Curling Club venue, the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex. For anyone who cannot watch in person, the semi final (Gushulak vs Scott) will air at 11 a.m. on Sunday, January 24, on Sportsnet Pacific, and the final (Thompson vs winner of semis) will air at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 24, on Sportsnet One.

The winning team will represent B.C. at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women’s Curling Championship in Grand Prairie from February 18-28.

For more information about the event, including ticket information, visit http://bcscotties2016.curlbc.ca/.

Visit http://www.playdowns.com to view scores and standings and to follow the championship event.

Source:: http://www.curlbc.ca/three-teams-battle-for-scotties-title/

      

BC Scotties athletes head into playoffs

By Rebecca Connop Price

The final four playoff places has been secured at the conclusion of round robin play at the 2016 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western.

Leading for most of the event, Team Thompson from Kamloops slipped into second place today, the final day of round robin play, losing both of their games. But the team of skip Karla Thompson, third Kristen Recksiedler, second Tracey Lavery, lead Trysta Vandale and coach Jeff Richard still posted an impressive 5-2 record.

Securing first place is six-time BC champion Kelly Scott. Her Kelowna team of third Shannon Aleksic, second Jenna Loder and lead Sarah Pyke went 6-1, winning their final round robin game against Team Thompson by stealing a point in the extra end.

Team Scott and Thompson will face off again in the page 1 vs 2 playoff, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday) at 11 a.m., with the winner getting a bye to the final.

In third place, with a 4-3 record is Diane Gushulak’s Royal City rink of skip Gushulak, third Grace MacInnes, second Jessie Sanderson, lead Sandra Comadina and coach Neil Houston. They will place against fourth placed team Team Wark in the page 3 vs 4 playoff. Sarah Wark’s Victoria Curling Centre rink features Wark, third Simone Brosseau, second Michelle Allen and lead Rachelle Kallechy.

The page 3 vs 4 playoff takes place tomorrow (Saturday, Jan 23) at 7:30 p.m. with the winner facing the loser of the page 1 vs 2 playoffs in the semi finals.

The 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 winning team will represent B.C. at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women’s Curling Championship in Grand Prairie from February 18-20.

For more information about the event, including ticket information, visit http://bcscotties2016.curlbc.ca/.

Visit http://www.playdowns.com to view scores and standings and to follow the championship event.

Source:: http://www.curlbc.ca/bc-scotties-athletes-head-into-playoffs/