Team Tardi’s U18 team has returned from Moncton with bronze medals.
The team of skip Tyler Tardi, third Sterling Middleton, second Derek Chandler and lead Scott Gray, made history when they got a podium finish at the first-ever Canadian U18 Curling Championships that were held in Moncton April 17 to 22.
The team finished undefeated at the top of their pool and advanced to the championship pool where they only lost one game – against Northern Ontario’s Team Horgan.
The team, coached by Paul Tardi, then had to get past Team Horgan to progress to the gold medal game. Unfortunately Team Horgan, who went on to win gold, were able to get another win.
It put Team Tardi in the bronze medal game where they faced Saskatchewan’s Team Kleiter, winning 6-4 and securing the bronze medal.
To put the icing on the cake in what has been a fantastic season for Tyler Tardi, the skip was also awarded the sportsmanship award by his peers, along with fellow BC skip Heather Drexel. In addition, Middleton and Chandler each won Second Team All Star awards for their positions (meaning they had the second highest percentages when it came to shot-making out of the entire field) and Paul Tardi was awarded a fair play coaching award by the officials.
Team Drexel won two games in a row to start the event but was unable to find winning form after that, ending the tournament with a 2-6 win-loss record.
The team was composed of Drexel, Everly Royea, Washington Reimer, Madeline Britz and coaches Al Smith and Ken Britz.