New Westminster, BC (December 29, 2016) – Mid-way through the third day of action at the 2017 BC Junior Curling Championships a number of frontrunners have emerged.
On the junior men’s side, Royal City’s Team McCrady have the best record, winning four games and losing just one.
They just edged Team Tardi, the defending BC Junior Men’s Champions, in the morning draw, stealing a point in the 10th end after skip Matthew McCrady made a good tap to force skip Tyler Tardi into a difficult run-back. Tardi missed the run-back and McCrady won 7-6. The McCrady rink features Port Coquitlam’s Matthew McCrady, Richmond’s Brayden Carpenter, and Coquitlam’s Zac Curtis and Jacob Umbach.
Team Tardi were undefeated until that point, but now have a 3-1 record. The team of Cloverdale-based Tardi (skip) and his brother Jordan Tardi (second), with Burnaby’s Sterling Middleton (third) and Nicholas Meister (lead) won gold at provincials last year and a bronze medal at the Canadian juniors.
The Okanagan team of Thomas Love and Erik Colwell (Vernon) with Brendan Chapple (Armstrong) and Logan Miron (Kelowna) also maintain a 3-1 record. The team plays again today at 7pm against Team Proctor, of Royal City.
And the youngest team in the championships has also emerged as a frontrunner. Team Sato representing Royal City, Coquitlam and Cloverdale Curling Clubs has a 3-1 record, with three draws left to play in the round robin. The team features Hayato Sato (Coquitlam), Dawson Ballard (Cloverdale), Troy Chong and Joshua Miki.
Team Brown, with skip Corryn Brown from Kamloops, third Marika Van Osch from Nanaimo, second Dezaray Hawes from Anmore and lead Samantha Fisher from Kamloops, lead the charge on the women’s side, still undefeated with a 3-0 record. They play again at 2pm today (Dec. 29).
Team Daniels, meanwhile, featuring two junior women from last year’s winning BC rink, isn’t far behind, with a 3-1 record. The team features Sarah and Megan Daniels from Delta as well as Sarah Loken (Delta) and Sydney Brilz (Victoria). The two Daniels sisters won silver at last year’s Canadian junior championships. Sarah then went on to play as an alternate for Team Canada at the world championships, helping to take home the gold medal for Canada.
Sixteen U21 curling teams are at the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster for the 2017 BC Junior Curling Championships, with the finals scheduled for January 1. Curling fans are invited to watch the action live at the club, but anyone who cannot attend in person can watch the finals live on the internet at http://www.viasport.ca/2017bcjuniors.
Eight junior women’s and eight junior men’s teams are vying for the chance to represent BC at the 2017 Canadian Junior Curling Championships scheduled for January 21-29 in Esquimalt.
Also in the field is Team Habkirk from Victoria Curling Centre featuring skip Kyle Habkirk (Coquitlam) with third Duncan Silversides, second Ryan Cassidy and lead Alex Hovarth all hailing from the Victoria area. The team has a 3-2 record.
Team Kiss, with Abbotsford’s Jordan Kiss, Travis Cameron (Richmond), Nicholas Umbach (Coquitlam) and Derek Chandler (Victoria) have a 1-3 record.
Team Proctor from Royal City Curling Club features Tyler Proctor (Burnaby), Horace Mak (New Westminster), Matthew Chan (Vancouver) and Breyden Chong (Burnaby). They have a 1-4 record.
Team Anderson, from Grand Forks Curling Club features Colin Anderson, Devin Anderson, Elliott Starchuk, Dawson Reid and alternate Anthony Schembri. They have a 0-5 record.
On the junior women’s side, Team Fisher, from Chilliwack Curling Club, features Cierra Fisher, of Kamloops, and the Lower Mainland trio of Cailin Cooke (Chilliwack), Kylie Karoway (Surrey) and Jasmin Jani (Chilliwack). The team has a 2-1 record.
Also posting a 2-1 record is Team Connell, from the Prince George Golf and Curling Club, with all players from Prince George. Members include Alyssa Connell, Bailey Eberherr, Jordan Henson and Erin Ross.
Team Bourassa from Delta Thistle Curling Club features skip Megan Bourassa (Delta), third Catera Park (Coquitlam), second Kim Bonneau (Abbotsford), lead Heather Sinclair (Delta) and coach Marion McNeill. They have a 2-2 record.
Team Buchy, from Kimberley Curling Club, feature skip Alysha Buchy, third Kaila Buchy, second Haylie Farquar and lead Arissa Toffolo have a 1-2 record.
Team Coulombe, from Victoria Curling Centre, featuring Mariah Coulombe (Victoria), Taylor Reese-Hansen (Kitimat), Jordan Koster (Courtenay) and Kirsten Zucchet (Chilliwack) have a 1-3 record.
Team McGillivray, from Vernon Curling Club, meanwhile, is still looking for their first win. The team features Megan McGillivray (Kelowna), Winter Harvey (Vernon), Jaelyn Cotter (Vernon) and Katelyn McGillivray. The team has a 0-4 record.