Nanaimo, BC (March 20, 2017) – Two teams have made history as the first teams to win the inaugural BC U18 Curling Championships.
Team Drexel and Team Tardi will be travelling to Moncton, New Brunswick, from April 17-22, to represent BC at nationals.
The BC U18 Curling Championships, for curlers 17 and under as of June 30, 2016, were held at Nanaimo Curling Centre from Thursday, March 16, to Sunday, March 19, 2017.
Team Drexel, who won gold at the 2015 BC Juvenile Curling Championships and the curling event at the 2016 BC Winter Games, struck gold for the third year in a row. The team features skip Heather Drexel, third Everly Royea, second Bailey Burke and lead Madeline Britz. They are coached by Al Smith and Ken Britz.
The team representing Coquitlam, Cloverdale and Chilliwack went unbeaten in their pool and then faced Team Douglas, the home crowd favourites with players from nearby Parksville, Victoria and Port Alberni, in the semis 5-4. The team then went on to play Team Connor, of Prince George, beating them 5-2 to take home the gold medal. Team Connor, featuring fourth Carly Connor, skip Lorelei Guidos, second Hannah Lindner, lead Jordan Henson and coach Doug Dalziel, were awarded the silver medals. Team Douglas, with Rebecca Douglas, Julia Kresse, Libby Elliott, Michaela Morrill, Lauren Onushko and coach Dave Douglas, were awarded the bronze medals.
Langley Curling Club’s Tyler Tardi and Sterling Middleton, who recently represented Canada at the 2017 VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships (for curlers under the age of 21), was joined by the Victoria duo of Scott Gray and Derek Chandler for this event. The team coached by Paul Tardi were unbeaten in their pool and won all their playoff games on route to the final, where they beat Team Raber, from Vernon and Salmon Arm, 7-3. Team Raber features skip Adam Raber, third Ben Morin, second Andrew Colwell, lead Gray Simms and coach Dale Hofer. Team Love, featuring Thomas Love, Erik Colwell, Brendan Chapple, Logan Miron and coach Dean Chapple, also from Vernon Curling Club, won the bronze medal after an 8-4 decision over Team Sato.
This was a new age category for BC. The championships were previously for those 16 and under and it was called the Juvenile Curling Championships and the winners went to the Optimists International U18 Curling event (which featured teams from several provinces – but not all provinces – as well as places like the USA and Japan). Now the provincial event is a U18 event and the BC winners will go on to compete in the first-ever Canadian U18 Curling Championships, featuring 12 teams from across Canada.
The U18 girls’ consolation round was won by Team Cotter, from Vernon.
The U18 boys’ consolation round was won by Team Silversides, from Victoria.
The format of the event was a modified round robin with pools.