Victoria’s Team Reese-Hansen will be heading to nationals after winning the 2018 Boston Pizza BC Junior Women’s Curling Championship in Langley today.
The team beat Team Daniels (Royal City/Delta), the team that was number one on the BC Junior Curling Tour, to take the title.
Reese-Hansen made a great outturn hit on a partially buried rock to take the game 6-5 in the extra end.
Skip Taylor Reese-Hansen, third Catera Park (from Coquitlam), second Jordan Koster, and lead Sydney Brilz, took the long route to the final. Finishing 4-3 along with two other teams in the round robin, the team was awarded the number 3 spot in the page playoffs because of their head-to-head and last stone draw results against the two other tied teams. The team then faced Team Buchy from Kimberley in the page 3-4 playoffs, emerging with an 8-7 win. They beat Team Bowles, who had been the number two team after round-robin play, in the semi-finals 7-3.
This is the first year that Reese-Hansen, who is originally from Kitimat, has been a skip and this is her first BC championship.
“It feels amazing. We had a pretty good season and we thought that we would do fairly well but I don’t think we ever expected this,” Reese-Hansen said after the final. “We started off the week with two losses and we weren’t even sure we would make playoffs but once we found out we would be in playoffs, everything came together. We probably played the best game of the week in the final. I’m really proud of the team.”
Skip Sarah Daniels, third Kayla MacMillan, second Megan Daniels and lead Sarah Loken had a fantastic week at the Langley Curling Centre, finishing in the top spot after round robin play with only one loss. A win in the page 1-2 playoffs against Team Bowles gave them a bye to the final. They were awarded the silver medals after the game.
The championship saw eight U21 junior men’s teams and eight U21 junior women’s teams play against each other in an eight-team round robin.
Team Reese-Hansen will now represent BC at the 2018 New Holland Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships from Jan. 13-21. The event will be staged at the Centre municipal de curling de Shawinigan and the Aréna Grand-Mère.
The junior men’s final, featuring the defending champions, Tardi (Langley/Royal City) and Team Ballard (Royal City/Coquitlam) will go ahead today starting at 3:35pm (a delay from what was earlier announced).