March 19, 2013, (ISN) – The juvenile curlers who travelled to Alberta for the Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Trials just missed out on the chance to take part in the play-offs.
After the round robin, Team BC – made up of 14-year-old Tyler Tardi and 16-year-old Dezaray Hawes – were in an eight-way tie for the last four play-off spots with a record of 4-3.
It came down to the cumulative draw to the button. Dezaray (Royal City Curling Club) and Tyler (Langley Curling Club) missed the playoffs by a mere 19.7 cm and finished 13th out of the 32 teams.
Anita Tardi, who travelled to Leduc with the team, said she was really proud of them. “They really represented themselves, their clubs, their team, their province with integrity and a maturity that was commendable,” she said.
The team was one of three BC teams that headed to the inaugural Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Trials, which wrapped up on Sunday, March 17.
The eventual winners, Quebec’s Robert Desjardins and Isabelle Néron, were also 4-3 after round-robin play but managed four straight wins in the play-offs, including the gold medal game against Saskatchewan’s Dustin Kalthoff and Nancy Martin.
The other two BC teams taking part in the event at the Leduc Recreation Centre in Leduc, near Edmonton, were Ernie and Sarah Daniels (3-4), a father-daughter team from Delta Thistle Curling Club, and Norm Richard and Debbie Girard (0-7), from Richmond Curling Club. These two teams were part of the “open entry” section of the championship.
One of the Alberta teams also featured former Nanaimo Curling Centre member Darah Provencal (4-3), who has recently moved to Alberta.