Victoria Curling Club teams advance to the 2018 BC Mixed Doubles Curling Championship

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Taylor Reese-Hansen

The provincial junior women’s champion and B.C.’s third-place finisher in junior men’s competition have teamed up to take a run at another provincial championship.

Taylor Reese-Hansen and Alex Horvath won the A-event at the Island Open mixed doubles curling playdown with Bob Coulombe and his daughter Mariah Coulombe taking the B-event. Reese-Hansen claimed the BC Junior title while Horvath lost the Page 1-2 game to eventual provincial and Canadian champion Tyler Tardi.

The two Victoria Curling Club teams will be among the 16 tandems to advance to the 2018 BC Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, slated for March 6-11 at the Cranbrook Curling Centre.

Sydney Brilz and Tim Henderson, also of Victoria, claimed the C-event berth at Islands, but Henderson is not available to compete at provincials due to school commitments so the two will not attend. Duffy Simpson and Sharon Walker of the Comox Valley Curling Club will take their place.

Mixed doubles features two curlers, a male and female, playing with six rocks in a unique eight-end format, like the one which debuted at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in which Canadians John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes came away as gold medallists.

Joining the Victoria rinks for the provincial competition are Tracey Amy and Trevor Qually of the Cranbrook Curling Centre and Trevor and Liesa Taphorn from Golden, who both qualified out of the playdowns at Nelson Curling Centre.

The remaining 11 berths advanced out of an Open playdown at Mission Granite Curling Club.

That group includes Sarah Loken and Cody Tanaka of the Tunnel Town and Peach Arch Curling Clubs; Megan Daniels and Nick Meister of Delta Thistle/Langley; Travis Cameron and Shawna Jensen of Richmond; Connor Deane and Sasha Wilson of Delta/Juan de Fuca; Kayla Wilson and Troy Cowan of Juan de Fuca/Duncan; Mike and Casey Freeman of Mission; Rhys Gamache of Stephanie Prinse of Chilliwach and Royal City; Dezaray Hawes and Kent McArdle of Royal City CC; Brent Masuch and Sherry Freeman of Mission; Regan Taylor and Stephen Strathdee of Langley/Chilliwack; and Carley Sandwith and Cameron de Jong of Victoria.

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