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Weekend playdowns determine more BC championship qualifiers

By Rebecca Connop Price

A busy weekend of competitive curling in BC has seen the field increase for the 2018 BC Scotties and 2018 belairdirect Men’s event.

Women’s curling playdowns in Hope and men’s curling playdowns in Vernon, Cranbrook and Victoria have seen a total of eight teams qualify for the provincial championships. Three women’s teams and five men’s teams earned berths.

The women’s teams are the latest to qualify for the 2018 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, taking place at Victoria Curling Club from Jan. 2-7.

Team Slattery, from Vernon Curling Club, were the A Event qualifiers at women’s playdowns held at Hope Curling Club. The team of fourth Alyssa Kyllo, third Kelsi Jones, second Morgayne Eby and skip Kim Slattery (throwing lead rocks) is coached by Mark Longworth.

The Kamloops/Golden Ears Winter Club team of Karla Thompson were the B Event qualifiers. The team features third Kristen Recksiedler, second Shannon Joanisse and lead Trysta Vandale. Three of the players were the BC Scotties champions in 2016 and Joanisse was part of the Mallett rink that won in 2017.

The Holly Donaldson rink representing Vancouver and Victoria curling clubs was the third team to qualify. The rink were bronze medalists at last year’s BC Scotties when the team was skipped by Lindsay Hudyma, who plays third this year. The team is rounded out by 2014 BC Scotties champions Steph Jackson-Baier and Carley Sandwith. The team is coached by Georgina Wheatcroft, a two-time world champion and Olympian from 2002.

The two women’s teams to have qualified already based on their Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) points are Team Gushulak, from Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster, and Team Brown, from Kamloops Curling Club.

The remaining three berths for the women’s playdowns will be available through open playdowns being held in Kelowna this weekend (Dec. 15-17).

The five men’s teams that qualified over the weekend have earned berths to the 2018 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship, taking place at Parksville Curling Club from Jan. 31-Feb. 4.

In the Kootenay playdowns, Team Medford took the single berth that was available. Team Medford from Cranbrook Curling Centre features skip Chris Medford, third Steve Tersmette, second Josh Firman and lead Jeff Langin.

The Victoria playdowns saw two local rinks earn the qualification spots. Team Montgomery, featuring Jason Montgomery, Cameron de Jong, Miles Craig and Will Duggan, took the A Event berth. The team is representing Victoria but Montgomery lives in Duncan and Miles Craig hails from Shawnigan Lake.

The B Event berth went to Team Wes Craig. The team, which plays at the senior (50+) level as well, features third Gerald Poelman, second Tony Anslow and lead Victor Gamble. They play as a team in Victoria but Craig, who lives in Shawnigan Lake, has connections to the Kerry Park Curling Club in Mill Bay as well.

At the Vernon Curling Club, where two berths were up for grabs, a team from the Lower Mainland took the A Event berth. Team Pierce, from Royal City Curling Club, features Brent Pierce, a former world champion (2000), third Andrew Bilesky, second Steve Kopf, lead Rhys Gamache and fifth Derek Errington. Bilesky, Kopf and Errington were BC men’s champions in 2013. The Okanagan rink of Chris Baier took the B Event spot.
The team features third Adam Cseke, second Matt Tolley and lead Cal Jackson. Chris Baier lives in Victoria but Cseke, Tolley and Jackson live in the Okanagan.

The five men’s teams who qualified over the weekend will join Team Geall, from Kelowna Curling Club, and Team Joanisse, from Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge, and who qualified at the end of November because they were the top-ranked BC men’s teams on the CTRS list.

The 2018 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship will also feature the defending champions, Team Morris, as long as the team can return with three out of four of the players who played last year.
The rest of the berths for the men’s are available through open playdowns being held between Jan. 5 and Jan. 7.

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

Tickets for the belairdirect BC Men’s are available at Parksville Curling Club or online at http://bcmens.curlbc.ca/tickets/.

Visit https://www.curlbc.ca/playdowns/ for the qualification information for all categories of play and to see the CTRS standings.

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Last chance to earn berth to 2018 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship

By Rebecca Connop Price

Teams hoping to earn one of the last berths for the 2018 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship have until Christmas Eve to register.

The deadline to register for the second open men’s playdown, taking place at Abbotsford Curling Club, from Jan. 5-7 is Dec. 24. Any men’s team from across BC can enter the playdown.

Spectators are welcome to attend to see some of the best men curlers in BC on their way to the 2018 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Berwick Retirement Communities, taking place Jan. 31-Feb. 4 at Parksville Curling Club. Draws for the playdowns at Abbotsford Curling Club will start on Jan. 5 and end on Jan. 7.

If you have a men’s curling team, this is a great opportunity to play against some top teams. And for the first time, up to five berths will be available at this time of year, so there will be plenty of opportunities for success.

Shannon Joanisse, Curl BC’s High Performance and Competitions Manager, says: “Whether this is your first time competing to earn a berth to provincials or you’re a seasoned competitor, this is a great time to think about signing your team up. This could be your year!”

The cost of entering playdowns is about $100 per player, which gives you the chance to play in a BC championship with the best in the province. It also gives you the chance to win prize money, ranging from $800 for first place to $400 for third place.

Curl BC will not charge a competitors’ fee for people entering BC playdowns for the first time, a savings of approximately $40 per curler.

The winner of the Parksville event will represent BC at the 2018 Tim hortons Brier in Regina Mar. 3-11.

If you have any questions about entering playdowns, please contact Shannon Joanisse, Curl BC’s High Performance and Competitions Manager, at 604-333-3619 or sjoanisse@curlbc.ca.

To register for the BC Men’s playdowns, visit https://www.curlbc.ca/curlers/competitive/men/.

To enter any other category of play, such as Mixed Doubles, Seniors, Masters and Mixed, visit our playdown registration page.

Tickets to the 2018 belairdirect BC Men’s can now be purchased online at http://bcmens.curlbc.ca/tickets/.

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Men’s teams prepare for playdowns

By Rebecca Connop Price

Five berths are up for grabs this weekend at three BC men’s curling playdown events being held across the province.

Two berths will be available at Victoria Curling Club, two berths will be available at Vernon Curling Club and one berth will be available at Cranbrook Curling Club.

The qualifiers from these events being held Dec. 8-10 will be heading to the 2018 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship, taking place at Parksville Curling Club from Jan. 30-Feb. 4. The winner of the Parksville event will go on to compete at the Tim Hortons Brier in Regina, from Mar. 3-11.

Among the contenders in Victoria are a total of five teams representing Victoria Curling Club, including Team Montgomery, Team Jackson, Team Dangerfield, Team Henderson and Team Craig. Team Jackson were bronze medallists at last year’s provincials.

Team Brower will also be there representing Richmond and Victoria. The Island teams will be joined by Team McQuiggan, representing Richmond and Team McCrady, a junior team representing Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster.

In the Kootenays Team Ducharme from Creston return to playdowns, along with Team Medford from Cranbrook and Team Salviulo from Trail and Castlegar.
The six teams competing in Vernon are team Baier from Kelowna, Team Blanchett from Prince George, Team Eden from Kelowna, Team Longworth from Vernon, Team Pierce from Royal City and Team Schneider from Royal City.

For the first time all Curl BC men’s playdowns are open, which means teams from any part of the province may enter any event in any region.

Two men’s teams have already secured their berths to the championships.

Team Joanisse, from Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge, and Team Geall, from Kelowna Curling Club, were the top-ranked BC men’s teams on the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) list.

Team Joanisse were last year’s provincial silver medallists.

For the full team rosters, please visit http://playdowns.curlbc.ca.

Four to five berths will be available at the next open playdowns being held in Abbotsford from Jan. 5-7.

Tickets for the belairdirect BC Men’s are available at Parksville Curling Club or online at http://bcmens.curlbc.ca/tickets/.

Visit https://www.curlbc.ca/playdowns/ for the qualification information for all categories of play and to see the CTRS standings.

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Teams Hope to win berth for BC Scotties

By Rebecca Connop Price

Women’s curling teams are descending on Hope for the opportunity to become champions of BC.

The first open playdowns are taking place at Hope Curling Club this weekend (Dec. 8-10).

Spectators are welcome to attend to see some of the best women curlers in BC on their way to the 2018 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, taking place Jan. 2-7 at Victoria Curling Club. Draws for the playdowns at Hope Curling Club start on Dec. 8 and end on Dec. 10. You can follow the schedule and scores at http://playdowns.curlbc.ca.

Rebecca Connop Price, Communications and Marketing Manager at Curl BC, said: “If you live in the Fraser Valley, this is a great opportunity to see some of the province’s best women curlers as they prepare for the BC Scotties.”

And if you have a women’s curling team, there is still one more opportunity to enter playdowns. The second open event takes place at Kelowna Curling Club starting on Dec. 15, 2017. But teams need to hurry, the registration deadline is Dec. 10.

Shannon Joanisse, Curl BC’s High Performance and Competitions Manager, says: “Whether this is your first time competing to earn a berth to provincials or you’re a seasoned competitor, this is a great time to think about signing your team up. This could be your year!”

The cost of entering playdowns is about $100 per player, which gives you the chance to play in a BC championship with the best in the province. It also gives you the chance to win prize money, ranging from $800 for first place to $400 for third place.

The 2018 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, takes place Jan. 2-7 at Victoria Curling Club. The teams will face off to take part in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women’s Curling Championship, which will also take place in BC – in Penticton from Jan. 27 to Feb. 4.

If you have any questions about entering playdowns, please contact Shannon Joanisse, Curl BC’s High Performance and Competitions Manager, at 604-333-3619 or sjoanisse@curlbc.ca.

To register for the BC Women’s playdowns, visit https://www.curlbc.ca/curlers/competitive/women-2.

Tickets to the BC Scotties in Victoria are online at http://victoriacurlingclub.com/bc-scotties-tickets/.

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Field is complete for the 2018 Boston Pizza BC Junior Curling Championships

By Rebecca Connop Price

The tour is over, the playdowns have wrapped up and now 16 junior curling teams have secured berths to the 2018 Boston Pizza BC Junior Curling Championships.

This past weekend saw junior teams competing in Gibsons for the final three berths of the 2018 championships for U21 curlers.

Two junior women’s teams and one junior men’s team secured the final berths. Team Bowles, from Royal City Curling Club, with Elizabeth Bowles, Sarah McCrady, Hailey Dubois and Grace McCusker, were first qualifiers at Gibsons Curling Club. The Juan de Fuca and Kerry Park team of Kayla Wilson, Brenna Drought, Loganne Bell, Sasha Wilson and Cassandra Blenkin were the second.

The final junior men’s team to qualify was Team Tao, from Richmond Curling Club. The team is made of up Johnson Tao, Branden Reimer, Connor Deane, David Loken and Jay Hou.

The teams will be looking to become BC champions when they meet with the other qualifying teams at the 2018 Boston Pizza BC Junior Curling Championships at Langley Curling Centre from Dec. 18-23.

Five berths were awarded at playdowns at Osoyoos Curling Club in November, with two junior women’s teams and three junior men’s teams clinching spots.

Kimberley’s Team Buchy, featuring Alysha Buchy, Kaila Buchy, Haylie Farquhar and Jillian Cousineau were the first qualifiers, while Vernon’s Team McGillivray, featuring Megan McGillivray, Jaelyn Cotter, Winter Harvey, Cassidy Schwaerzle and Katelyn McGillivray were the second qualifiers.

On the junior men’s side, Team Ballard of Royal City/Coquitlam took the A event spot, while Team Habkirk of Victoria took the B event spot. Team Ballard features Dawson Ballard, Hayato Sato, Joshua Miki and Troy Chong. Team Habkirk features Kyle Habkirk, Duncan Silversides, Derek Chandler and Matt Chan.

A further berth was awarded to Team Horvath because of their third place finish. The Victoria team is skipped by Alex Horvath and features Ryan Cassidy, Zane Bartlett and Tim Henderson.

Eight other teams earned berths earlier in November because they earned the most points on the BC Junior Curling Tour. Team Daniels (Delta Thistle/Royal City) on the junior women’s side and Team Tardi (Langley/Royal City) on the junior men’s side were the top teams after all the points were awarded.

Teams were able to take part in a total of five BC Junior Curling Tour events held across the province, including the most recent one which wrapped up at Esquimalt Curling Club on Nov. 13. Points were awarded at each event.

On the junior women’s side, Team Daniels, with Sarah Daniels, Kayla MacMillan, Megan Daniels and Sarah Loken, secured 254 points overall. Team Reese-Hansen, from Victoria Curling Club, with Taylor Reese-Hansen, Catera Park, Jordan Koster and Sydney Brilz were not far behind with 241 points.

Team Fisher, with Cierra Fisher, Dezaray Hawes, Jordan Henson, Cailin Cooke and Erin Ross was neck and neck with Team Royea, featuring Everly Royea, Tanis Short, Madeline Britz and Ardis Mellor-Laing. Team Fisher, representing Kamloops, Royal City, Chilliwack and Prince George, posted 147.19 points while Team Royea, from Langley, posted 146.43 points.

On the junior men’s side, last year’s Canadian champions, Team Tardi, are back with a new lead, Zachary Curtis. The team returns with skip Tyler Tardi, third Sterling Middleton and second Jordan Tardi. They posted 297 points to earn the top berth.

Royal City’s Team McCrady featuring Matthew McCrady, Brayden Carpenter, Nicholas Umbach and Jacob Umbach, came in second place with 264 points.

Jesse Monette’s Vernon rink featuring Erik Colwell, Adam Raber, Ben Morin and Logan Miron came in third place with 186 points, with Team Silva not far behind with 185 points. Team Silva from Cloverdale Curling Club features Nathan Silva, Nic Bonneau, Scott Wilson and Nic Hoffard.

The 2018 Boston Pizza BC Junior Curling Championships will see eight teams of each gender play against each other in an eight-team round robin with a four-team page playoff. The junior women’s finals and the junior men’s finals will be livestreamed on Curl BC TV (https://sportscanada.tv/curlbc) on Dec. 23.

To see the broadcast schedule, please visit https://www.curlbc.ca/communications/tv-schedules/.

Team Tardi was last year’s BC junior men’s champion and went on to win gold at nationals. They narrowly missed out on a medal at worlds in South Korea.

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