Cloverdale, BC (January 9, 2017) – It was a tough battle for the final berth for the 2017 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Fountain Tire, but a team from Victoria has snapped it up.
The final qualification event took place this weekend (Jan 6-8) at Cloverdale Curling Club, where seven teams fought for one berth. Team McArdle was eventually successful. After losing their first draw against Team House 8-10 on January 7, the team rebounded with a 6-4 win over Team Cseke. They followed that with a 9-5 win over Team Leech and avenged their defeat against Team House with an 8-5 win followed by an 8-3 win.
The team features Port Coquitlam’s Ken McArdle leading an Island team featuring Denis Sutton, Darren Boden and Glen Allen, all from Victoria. The team’s regular skip, Neil Dangerfield, is nursing an injury so did not play but is registered with the team as an alternate.
The 2017 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Fountain Tire, will take place at Abbotsford Curling Club from February 8-12, 2017. It will showcase the top 12 men’s teams from across the province and will decide the BC team that will go on to compete at the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier.
Team Joanisse from Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge and Team Geall from Kelowna Curling Club already earned their berths by collecting the most CTRS (Canadian Team Ranking System) points.
Defending champions, Team Cotter, will also be there. They will be joined by 2010 Olympic gold medallist John Morris (Canmore, Alberta) at the Abbotsford event. Morris replaced Ryan Kuhn, who did not rejoin Team Cotter this season.
Team Tardi, from Langley/Royal City curling clubs, Team Bilesky from Royal City Curling Club, Team Guignard from Royal City Curling Club and Team Moss from Richmond Curling Club, are the Lower Mainland teams vying for the title.
Also in the mix is Kimberley’s Team Buchy and the Vernon rink of Mark Longworth.
Two further Island rinks are vying for the title. Team Craig from Kerry Park/Victoria, with Wes and Miles Craig, the 2016 Mixed champions, will be there. Team Jackson from Victoria, who made it to the playoffs at last year’s championship, will look to improve on their record this year.
The 12 teams will play a modified triple knockout with a four-team page playoff.
A total of four games from the event will be televised on Shaw TV on February 11 and 12. The winning team will represent British Columbia at the Tim Hortons Brier in St John’s, Newfoundland, from March 4-12.