Round-robin play is complete but there is still a battle for a playoff position taking place this evening and tomorrow morning.
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, are the only team to have completed the round robin undefeated to clinch the top playoff spot.
Tiebreakers will be needed on the junior women’s side because there is a tie for fourth position.
On the junior men’s side, Royal City’s Team McCrady have the best record, winning six games and losing just one. The McCrady rink features Port Coquitlam’s Matthew McCrady, Richmond’s Brayden Carpenter, and Coquitlam’s Zac Curtis and Jacob Umbach.
Sixteen U21 curling teams were at the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster for the 2017 BC Junior Curling Championships, with round-robin play finishing up today and some teams heading home. The finals scheduled for Sunday (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.
The teams are vying for the chance to represent BC at the 2017 Canadian Junior Curling Championships scheduled for January 21-29 in Esquimalt.
Defending champions Team Tardi, with Cloverdale-based Tardi (skip) and his brother Jordan Tardi (second), Burnaby’s Sterling Middleton (third) and Nicholas Meister (lead) finished in second position with a 5-2 record. The team won gold at provincials last year and a bronze medal at the Canadian juniors.
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 finished in third position.
And the youngest team in the championships has also emerged with a playoff spot. Team Sato representing Royal City, Coquitlam and Cloverdale Curling Clubs finished the competition in fourth place. The team features Hayato Sato (Coquitlam), Dawson Ballard (Cloverdale), Troy Chong and Joshua Miki.
Team Daniels, featuring two junior women from last year’s winning BC rink, finished round robin play in second position and have a guaranteed playoff position. 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.
Team Buchy, from Kimberley Curling Club, were tied with Team Bourassa going into the last draw. It went into an extra end, with Team Buchy winning 8-7. The team features skip Alysha Buchy, third Kaila Buchy, second Haylie Farquar and lead Arissa Toffolo.
But three teams remain in contention for the fourth playoff position. The teams are Team Bourassa from Delta Thistle Curling Club, Team Connell from Prince George Golf and Curling Club and Team Fisher from Chilliwack Curling Club. Team Bourassa features skip Megan Bourassa (Delta), third Catera Park (Coquitlam), second Kim Bonneau (Abbotsford) and lead Heather Sinclair (Delta). Team Connell includes Alyssa Connell, Bailey Eberherr, Jordan Henson and Erin Ross all from Prince George. Team Fisher features Cierra Fisher, of Kamloops, and the Lower Mainland trio of Cailin Cooke (Chilliwack), Kylie Karoway (Surrey) and Jasmin Jani (Chilliwack).
At 7pm tonight Team Connell will play Team Fisher. The winner will go on to play Team Bourassa tomorrow at 9am. The winner of that game will be in the page 3 vs 4 playoffs.