(ISN)-The Kesa Van Osch team from the Nanaimo Curling Club hit a bit of a bump in the road Wednesday,

but B.C. representatives are still tied for first place at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Napanee, Ont.

Van Osch, who plays with sisters Kalia and Marika and Brooklyn Leitch, ran her winning streak to seven games in the morning with a 10-2 decision over Jennifer Armstrong from Rothesay, N.B. Then Jamie Sinclair of Ontario halted the streak with a 6-4 decision over Van Osch.

Van Osch, Jocelyn Peterman of Red Deer and Winnipeg’s Shannon Birchard all have 7-2 records with three round-robin games remaining.

“We just didn’t have a good game against Ontario,” said Kesa Van Osch. “We were just a little heavy or a little light with everything and it cost us. This is a very long event and every team is going to have some ups and downs.”

Jim Newlands coaches the Van Osch team and he says they are handling the pressure well.

“We’ve had a very good start and we hit a bit of a speed bump today,” said Newlands. “I’m sure that they will rebound and have some more solid performances for the rest of the week. We have some tough games remaining and we’ll just have to make the right shots at the right time.”

Heading into today’s games, Kesa is the No. 1ranked skip while third Kalia is No. 1. Marika is No. 2 and Leitch is No. 5.

Van Osch plays Kristen Streifel from Saskatoon and Birchard today before closing out the round-robin on Friday against Emily Dwyer from Halifax.

Josh Hozack, B.C.’s junior men’s rep from the Victoria Curling Centre, dropped both games Wednesday and has a 1-8 record.

Hozack, who is supported by Corey Chester, Nolan Reid and Zac Capron, lost a close 7-5 decision to Josh Barry of Fredericton before suffering an 8-2 loss to Brett DeKoning of Ontario.

“We have had some very close games,” said Hozack. “We have lost two in extra ends and another three on last shots. We always seem to have one bad end and the other team jumps on us.

“Even with our losing record, we try to treat each day like it is the start of the championships and play our best.”

The top three teams advance to the playoffs with the junior women’s final scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday. The junior men’s final goes at 4 p.m. Sunday and both will be shown on TSN.

Article courtesy of Ron Rauch, Victoria Times Colonist

Kelowna blind curlers still unbeaten

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 11:17 AM PST

The Dean Martel rink continues to dominate at the Canadian Vision Impaired Curling Championships in Ottawa.

The Kelowna Curling Club rink are the seven time national champions and the only winners since the event began back in 2005. On Wednesday, Team Canada improved to 6-0 with with a pair wins.

The eight team national championship continues all week with the final Friday.

Day 1 recap at BC Men’s Championship

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 10:16 AM PST

The first 3 draws of play are complete at the 2012 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship presented by DundeeWealth & Save on Foods at the Parksville Curling Club.

Draw 1:
Peachey def. Cotter 8-4
Baier def. Vanderstar 5-2
Waatainen def. Shypitka 10-5
Tuson def. Windsor 5-4
Geall def. Dangerfield 7-5

Draw 2:
Tuson def. Waatainen 8-3
Pierce def. Eden 9-3
Buchy def. Epp 6-5
Baier def. Peachey 4-3
McArdle def. Heath 7-2

Draw 3:
Shypitka def. Windsor 7-6
Heath def. Dangerfield 8-3
McArdle def. Geall 7-6
Pierce def. Buchy 8-7
Cotter def. Vanderstar 6-4

Jim Cotter, Kelowna
Brent Pierce, Royal City
Tom Buchy, Kimberley
Tom Shypitka, Creston
Brian Windsor, Kamloops
Darren Heath, Vernon
Ron Vanderstar, Smithers
Ken McArdle, Royal City
Chris Baier, Royal City
Sean Geall, Delta
Steve Waatainen, Nanaimo
Jody Epp, Victoria
Neil Dangerfield, Victoria
Jay Tuson, Victoria
Jay Peachey, Royal City
Waylie Eden, Penticton


9:00am Draw 4
2:00pm Draw 5
7:00pm Draw 6


9:00am Draw 7
2:00pm Draw 8
7:00pm Draw 9


11:00am Page 1 vs 2
11:00am Page 3 vs 4
7:30pm Semi Final (televised by Shaw)


5:00pm Final (televised by Shaw)

The winner advances to the 2012 Tim Hortons Brier in Saskatoon, SK, March 3-11, 2012. The Canadian Direct Insurance BC Championship semi-final and final games will be televised on Shaw TV.

Event website: http://cdimens2012.curlbc.ca/

End-to-end results can be found on: http://www.playdowns.com/curlbc/event.php?id_cmp=452