Points race continues as final leg of BC Junior Curling Tour approaches

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The race for points on the BC Junior Curling Tour continues as it heads into the final weekend.

The latest stop saw a junior women’s team from Kamloops and a junior men’s team from the Lower Mainland collecting the top scores – bringing them a step closer to qualifying for the 2016 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships.

The Tour sees junior curlers play against each other at five different spiels leading up to the provincial championships.

The tour’s fourth stop was in Kelowna for the annual Interior Beverages Junior Cashspiel last weekend, where Team Brown from Kamloops and Team Tardi from Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster were crowned champions.

Jock Tyre, manager of Kelowna Curling Club, said: “It was really nice to see two of the top teams in the province here. I think giving opportunities for the other teams to play the best teams in the province on more than one occasion a year is a great thing.

“These events make the year better for all the teams, not just the best teams.”

The tour is coming to an end this weekend – with the final stop at the Esquimalt Curling Club on Vancouver Island.

The Kelowna competition saw six junior men’s teams playing for Tour points and four junior women’s teams playing for Tour points.

In the junior men’s race, Team Tardi beat Team Monette (Vernon: Jesse Monette, Matt Schiman, Ben Morin, Adam Raber), in the final 8-1 – giving Team Tardi their third win on the Tour and fourth appearance in a final. Tardi’s team of third Daniel Wenzek, second Jordan Tardi, lead Nicholas Meister and fifth Sterling Middleton, were dominant throughout the weekend, winning all their games.

Team Brown, with skip Corryn Brown, third Erin Pincott, second Samantha Fisher and lead Sydney Fraser, beat Team Harvey (Vernon: Winter Harvey, Jaelyn Cotter, Megan McGillivray, Cassidy Schwaerzle) 8-1 in the final to take first place. This was their first overall win on the Tour but fourth appearance in the final. The team won all of their games in the lead-up to the final.

The BC Junior Curling Tour was the brainchild of five-time BC Men’s champion Jim Cotter, from Vernon. The top two teams of each gender on the Tour will receive automatic qualification for the 2016 Tim Hortons BC Junior Championships which take place in Kamloops from December 29 – January 3.

The final stop on the tour is The Esquimalt Optimist Junior Cashspiel, which will take place this weekend, November 13-15. Five junior men’s and four junior women’s teams will compete for the final points of the tour.

Scott Harrigan
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