Two Vancouver Island families joined forces over the last week to triumph at the 2016 AMJ Campbell BC Mixed Curling Championship.
Wes Craig, of Shawnigan Lake, teamed up with his son Miles, also of Shawnigan Lake, and two sisters from Nanaimo – Kesa and Marika Van Osch, to win the event staged in Qualicum Beach.
This is the third BC Mixed Curling title for Wes Craig, who is also a three-time BC Senior Men’s champion. Miles Craig is also a former Mixed champion, with experience at the national level at juniors too. Kesa and Marika are both seasoned champions, with Kesa having won the BC junior title in 2012 and the BC women’s title in 2014 and Marika having won the BC junior title in 2012, 2014 and earlier this year.
The Craig rink, with Kesa at third, Miles at second and Marika playing lead, will now represent BC at the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, in November 2016.
In Mixed curling, teams are made up of a two male and two female curlers playing an 8-end game of curling. The event, which went ahead at the Qualicum and District Curling Club from March 3-6, was an eight-team triple knockout.
The Craig rink won the A Event, putting them in the page 1 vs 2 playoffs against Team Tanaka of Tunnel Town. The Tanaka rink of Cody Tanaka, Shawna Jensen, Brian Cole and Chantel Kosmynka, pulled off a 7-6 win, forcing Team Craig into a semi final game against Tom Buchy’s Kimberley rink.
A score of two in the first end against Team Buchy – another two-family team featuring Lori Buchy, and husband and wife Dave and Robyn Toffolo – gave Team Craig the momentum they needed. The Vancouver Island rink held the Kootenay team to single scores to win 5-3, giving them another opportunity to face Team Tanaka.
This time Team Tanaka were unable to get past the more experienced Craig rink, losing 7-1 in the final. A steal of 4 in the 6th end after an unfortunate pick sealed the deal.
Team Tanaka were awarded the silver medals and Team Buchy were awarded the bronze medals.
Visit http://www.playdowns.com and click on the Curl BC tab to see scores and standings.