The ice is prepped and the players are ready – and in just a matter of hours we will know who will feature in the final games of the 2017 BC Junior Curling Championships.
Two teams have already booked their tickets to the final – Team Brown on the junior women’s side and Team Tardi on the junior men’s side.
Team Brown, with skip Corryn Brown from Kamloops, third Marika Van Osch from Nanaimo, second Dezaray Hawes from Anmore and lead Samantha Fisher from Kamloops, defeated the number two team, Team Daniels from Delta Thistle Curling Club, in the page 1 vs 2 playoff earlier today.
Langley/Royal City Team Tardi, with Cloverdale-based Tardi (skip) and his brother Jordan Tardi (second), Burnaby’s Sterling Middleton (third) and Nicholas Meister (lead), bested frontrunners Team McCrady to clinch the bye to the final. Team Tardi were last year’s BC Junior Men’s Champions and won bronze nationally.
Sixteen U21 curling teams were at the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster for the 2017 BC Junior Curling Championships, with the finals scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday, January 1). Curling fans are invited to watch the action live at the club, but anyone who cannot attend in person can watch the finals live on the internet at 11am (junior women) and 3pm (junior men) at http://www.viasport.ca/2017bcjuniors.
The remaining three junior men’s team and three junior women’s teams are vying for the chance to represent BC at the 2017 Canadian Junior Curling Championships scheduled for January 21-29 in Esquimalt.
Royal City’s Team McCrady will get another chance to make it to the final. The McCrady rink, which features Port Coquitlam’s Matthew McCrady, Richmond’s Brayden Carpenter, and Coquitlam’s Zac Curtis and Jacob Umbach, face Team Habkirk from Victoria Curling Centre at 7pm tonight. The Habkirk rink features skip Kyle Habkirk (Coquitlam) with third Duncan Silversides, second Ryan Cassidy and lead Alex Hovarth all hailing from the Victoria area. The winner of that will face Team Tardi in the final tomorrow at 3pm.
Team Daniels, meanwhile, will also get another chance to make it to the final. The team faces Team Connell, from Prince George Golf and Curling Club, in the semi-final at 7pm. The team features Sarah and Megan Daniels from Delta as well as Sarah Loken (Delta) and Sydney Brilz (Victoria). The two Daniels sisters won silver at last year’s Canadian junior championships. The Prince George team features Alyssa Connell, Bailey Eberherr, Jordan Henson and Erin Ross all from Prince George. The winner of that will face Team Brown in the final tomorrow at 11am.
To see the scores from the qualification events visit http://playdowns.curlbc.ca.
The event schedule can be seen here: https://www.curlbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/BC-Junior-schedule-TWO-Tiebreakers-no-names.pdf
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