Field set for 2014 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships

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December 2, 2013, Vancouver, BC (ISN) – Twelve junior teams have snapped up the remaining berths for the 2014 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships.

Six Junior Men’s and six Junior Women’s teams will now join the four teams that have already qualified for the junior provincial event which takes place at Chilliwack Curling Club from December 26-31, 2013.

The Junior Men’s and Junior Women’s finals will be televised on Sportsnet on December 31.  (Visit http://www.curlbc.ca/communications/tv-schedules/ for the TV schedule).

The 12 successful teams battled through a challenging field at the Coastal Playdowns at Coquitlam Curling Centre on the weekend.

On the Junior Men’s side, Team Reid, from the Victoria Curling Centre, qualified in the A event. The team is made up of Sanjay Bowry (Victoria), who throws fourth rocks and who was part of the  team that travelled to the junior nationals last year, as well as skip Nolan Reid (Duncan), and brothers Calvin (Second, Victoria) and Byron (Lead, Victoria) Heels.

Team Tanaka also made it through in the A event. The team from Tunnel Town Curling Club is skipped by Cody Tanaka (Delta) and is rounded out by Travis Cameron (Third, Richmond), Nicholas Umbach (Second, Coquitlam), and Donny Mackintosh (Lead, Tsawwassen).

Team de Jong, from the Victoria Curling Centre, qualified in the B event, with Skip Cameron de Jong, Third Brook Calibaba, Second Ryan Cassidy and Lead Alex Horvath. The team all reside in Victoria.

Team Tardi, from Langley Curling Club, were also B event qualifiers. Tyler Tardi (Surrey) skips the team with brother Jordan Tardi (Surrey) playing third and Nicholas Meister (Langley) at second and Zachary Umbach (Coquitlam) at lead.

Team Habkirk, from the Coquitlam Curling Centre, qualified in the C event. The team, resident in Coquitlam, is made up of three players who won gold at the 2013 Tim Hortons BC Juvenile Curling Championships. Skip Kyle Habkirk is joined by Third Ryan Harbrink, Second Kevin Harbrink and Lead Kento Sato.

Team Parker, from the Royal City Curling Club, were the final C event qualifiers. Nick Parker (Abbotsford) skips the team, rounded out by Third Maxim Langlais (North Vancouver), Second Dylan Heimburger (Langley), Lead Jordan Kiss (Abbotsford) and fifth Jay Ueda.

On the Junior Women’s side, eight teams battled for six spots.

Team Van Osch, from Nanaimo Curling Centre and Delta Thistle Curling Club, were A event qualifiers. The team is made up of past provincial winners – but this is the first year this line-up has curled on the same team. Kalia Van Osch (Nanaimo) skips the team with third Marika Van Osch (Nanaimo), Second Sarah Daniels (Delta), Lead Ashley Sanderson (Coquitlam) and Fifth Megan Daniels (Delta).

Team Hawes, from the Royal City Curling Club, were the second A event qualifiers. The team is skipped by Dezaray Hawes (Anmore) and is rounded out by Third Gabrielle Plonka (Vancouver), Second Alexandra Renwick (Chilliwack), and Lead Casey Freeman (Mission).

Team Egan, from the Coquitlam Curling Centre, made it through at the B event. The team is skipped by Briana Egan (Port Coquitlam), and is rounded out by Third Caitlin Campbell (Coquitlam), Second Janice Pang (Coquitlam) and Lead Angelique Miller (Coquitlam).

Team Jensen, representing the Victoria Curling Centre, also made it through at the B event. Three of the women from the team have also already qualified for the BC Scotties, so they will be travelling to two championship events this winter. The team is skipped by Shawna Jensen (Tsawwassen) and is rounded out by Merit Thorson (Third, Victoria), Tatianna Simicic (Second, Surrey) and Lauren Legan (Lead, West Kelowna).  

Two teams representing the Juan De Fuca Curling Centre qualified in the C Event. Team Tinkler is skipped by Brandi Tinkler (Victoria) and is rounded out by Third Ashley Nordin (Kamloops), Second Zetteh Gunner (Armstrong) and Lead Nicky Block (Victoria). The second  team from Juan De Fuca was team Coulombe, skipped by Mariah Coulombe (Victoria) and rounded out by Katherine Silversides (Third, Victoria), Bailey Tinkler (Second, Victoria), Sydney Brilz (Lead, Victoria) and Jordan Koster (Fifth, Courtenay/ Comox).

Four junior teams (two Junior Men’s and two Junior Women’s) had already qualified for the 2014 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships – including last year’s Canadian champions.

The Brown rink from Kamloops Curling Club, with Skip Corryn Brown, Third Erin Pincott, Second Samantha Fisher and Lead Sydney Fraser will be back to defend their BC title. The foursome from Kamloops won a gold medal at the 2013 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Fort McMurray, Alberta. They will be joined at the Junior Women’s event by Team Edwards, from Vernon Curling Club.

On the Junior Men’s side, Team Umpherville from Beaver Valley Curling Club and Team Cliff, from the Vernon Curling Club, are the other two rinks to have qualified earlier in November.

The results of Curl BC playdowns can be viewed on http://www.playdowns.com/ under the British Columbia (Curl BC) tab. 

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