Championship rosters expand after Mixed and Mixed Doubles playdowns


Rosters have started to fill up for the 2018 AMJ Campbell BC Mixed Curling Championship and the 2018 BC Mixed Doubles Curling Championship.

Mixed Doubles curling playdowns in Courtenay and Nelson saw a total of five teams qualify for the Mixed Doubles provincials in Cranbrook. Meanwhile, Mixed curling playdowns in Richmond saw four teams qualify for Mixed provincials, which will also be held in Richmond.

The 2018 BC Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, which features two curlers, a male and female, playing with six rocks in an eight-end format, will go ahead at Cranbrook Curling Centre from Mar. 6-11. This is the same format that recently debuted at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The provincial curling championship will be a 16-team triple knockout.

The playdowns at Comox Valley Curling Club saw three teams from Victoria Curling Club win berths to Mixed Doubles provincials.  Team Reese-Hansen/Horvath won the A event. The team features the current BC Junior Women’s champion skip, Taylor Reese-Hansen, and Alex Horvath, a regular competitor at the U21 level. The B event went to Team Coulombe, featuring father-daughter team Bob and Mariah Coulombe. The C event went to Team Brilz/Henderson, featuring Sydney Brilz and Tim Henderson.

The playdowns at Nelson Curling Centre saw Team Amy/Qually and Team Taphorn qualify for provincials. Team Amy/Qually features Cranbrook Curling Centre representatives Tracey Amy and Trevor Qually. Team Taphorn features Trevor and Liesa Taphorn from Golden.

The remaining 11 berths will go to open playdowns being held at Mission Granite Curling Club from Feb. 23-25. Anyone from anywhere in the province was permitted to register for this event.

The 2018 AMJ Campbell BC Mixed Curling Championship, which features four players (two male and two female) playing the traditional rules of curling, takes place from Apr. 19-22, 2018, at Richmond Curling Club. The event is a nine-team triple knockout.

Four berths were awarded over the weekend at playdowns in Richmond. Team Tanaka, Team Richard, Team Pierce and Team Guignard were all successful.

Team Tanaka, from Richmond, features skip Cody Tanaka, third Shawna Jensen, second Travis Cameron and lead Catera Park.

Team Richard from Victoria and Chilliwack features skip Jeff Richard, third Sarah Wark, second Rhys Gamache and lead Carley Sandwith.

Team Pierce from Royal City Curling Club features skip Brent Pierce, third Grace MacInnes, second Matthew McCrady and lead Megan Daniels.

Team Guignard from Vancouver Curling Club features skip Jeff Guignard, third Heather Hansen, second Steve Forrest and lead Michelle MacLeod.

More Mixed berths are up for grabs at playdowns in Kimberley (one berth), Vernon (two berths) and Kerry Park in Mill Bay (two berths).