Teams will be descending on Hope Curling Club this week to crown the best Mixed Doubles duo in BC.
The 2020 BC Mixed Doubles Curling Championship kicks off tomorrow (Feb. 26) and wraps up on Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020.
The fast-paced version of the game features one male and one female curler and the game is played over eight ends (instead of the usual 10). Mixed Doubles curling debuted at the Pyeongchang Olympics and is due to be in Beijing in 2022.
The BC championship in Hope is a 16-team competition featuring two pools of eight teams.
In this format each team has only six stones and one of those stones from each team is prepositioned on the centre line before every end of play. One player delivers the first and last stones of the end while the other player throws the second, third and fourth stones. If they choose to, the two players may swap positions from one end to the next. Both team members are also allowed to sweep.
The winner of this event will go on to represent BC at the national mixed doubles competition.
BC curlers Tyler Tardi and Dezaray Hawes have already qualified for nationals through the Curling Canada NextGen Mixed Doubles event that took place at the Canada Cup in Leduc, Alberta, during the last week of November.
The Canada Inns Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship will take place in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba from Mar. 17-22, 2020.
Full rosters of teams:
Team Jensen/Deane – Tunnel Town
Team DenToom/Merchant – Vancouver Curling Club
Team Prinse/Gamache – Chilliwack/GEWC
Team Ward/ Gallaugher – Royal City
Team Woo/Wenzek – Royal City
Team Pohlod/Prade – Delta Thistle
Coach: Gregory Pohlod
Team Geiger – Abbotsford
Team Little/Small – Nelson
Team Everest/Cseke – Kelowna
Team Sandwith/de Jong – Victoria
Cameron de Jong
Team Jackson-Baier/Chester – Victoria
Steph Jackson Baier
Team Cowan/Wilson – Victoria/Tunnel Town/Delta
Team King Simpson/Croteau – Victoria/Campbell River
Karly King Simpson
Team Czirfusz/Cheung – Prince George
Coach: Doug Dalziel
Team McKinney/Foord – Hope
Team Wilson/ Silversides – Victoria