BC Mixed Doubles Championship starts

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by Rebecca Connop Price

January 17, 2014, Vancouver (ISN) – If the Mixed Doubles curling taking place in Vegas has caught your eye, you may be interested to learn that Curl BC is running its own version of the format.

The top curlers from North America and around the world are at the 2014 WFG Continental Cup in Las Vegas – but you can also catch this fast-paced game this weekend in Maple Ridge.

The BC Mixed Doubles Curling Championship is taking over the Golden Ears Winter Club from tonight (January 17) until Sunday (January 19).

The event will see teams play this two-person version of curling which is being featured in the Ryder-Cup-style competition in Vegas. Draws take place at 5:30pm tonight and will continue tomorrow throughout the day. The final will take place on Sunday at 1pm.

Fifteen teams representing clubs in Vancouver, Maple Ridge, North Vancouver, Richmond, New Westminster, Delta, Kelowna, Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Prince George will be taking part. The winner will go on to compete at nationals in Ottawa and, if successful there, at the worlds in Dumfries, Scotland.

Information about the teams and live results can be found here: http://www.playdowns.com/curlbc/event.php?id_cmp=543

The Mixed Doubles game format is becoming more popular and could even become an Olympic event in 2018.

There is one male and one female curler and the game is played over eight ends (instead of the usual 10). Each team has only six stones and one of those stones from each team is prepositioned on the centre line before every end of play. One player delivers the first and last stones of the end while the other player throws the second, third and fourth stones. If they choose to, the two players may swap positions from one end to the next. Both team members are also allowed to sweep.

There are no age restrictions on who can play so participants can be anywhere from juvenile (16 and under) up to masters level (60 plus).

At the national level,  a total of 32 teams (one man, one woman) will compete, with the teams divided into four round-robin pools of eight, with the top two from each pool and the next four best round-robin records moving onto the 12-team single-knockout playoff round.

For more information about the championship, visit http://gewc.ca/