Submitted by Richard Brower
A team of two seniors plus two young guys who can throw bullet-like peel shots has won the first-ever BC Men’s Bonspiel Tours Championship. The Lyle Sieg team, based out of the Seattle Granite Curling Club, won the championship final 6-1 in just five ends on Sunday, Mar. 20 at Cloverdale CC over Tunnel Town’s Cody Tanaka rink.
Sieg, with senior spare Carl Labreche of Langley CC at lead and young Seattle team mates Sam Galey and Steven Birklid at second and third, got off to a fast start with three in the first end. Tanaka’s hopes faded after giving up another three-ender and ended after he failed to get anything going with hammer in the fifth end.
Second place finishers were Christian Rode, Travis Cameron, Cody Tanaka and Terry Miller.
The championship, formerly just for Region 11 teams, included eight teams that had qualified through the Region 11 Men’s Bonspiel Tour and two that came from the new Vancouver Island Men’s Bonspiel Tour.
The teams were divided into two pools of five for a round robin that included one crossover game against a team from the other pool. The top team in each pool advanced to the championship final, while the second place teams played for third overall.
Sieg advanced to the championship final with a 5-0 record in the A pool, while Tanaka qualified after winning the B pool with a 4-1 record. Tanaka’s team ran an unusual line-up with Tanaka throwing fourth stones but not calling the game. Terry Miller held the broom and threw third stones, Travis Cameron played second and held the broom for Miller, and Christian Rode played lead.
Both Sieg and Tanaka have had stellar records in the past couple of years. Sieg won the U.S. and world senior men’s titles last season and finished second in the U.S. senior men’s championship this season. He won the Marpole CC event this season on the Region 11 Tour.
Tanaka reached the BC mixed championship final this season and won Region 11 Tour bonspiels at Tunnel Town and Peace Arch. Last season, he made the BC junior championship and qualified for the BC mixed championship.
Sponsors helped make the event happen
Region 11 Tour sponsors Adcentives, Langley Chrysler, Cedar Creek Estate Winery, Spot Check Services and Best Indigo Water played a major role in making the BC Men’s Bonspiel Tours Championship viable and cost-free to the participants.
Adcentives donated four Stormtech jackets to the winning team that will be embroidered with 2016 BC
Men’s Bonspiel Tours Championship, plus 16 Stormtech duffle bags that were also embroidered.
The Macdonald team (also listed under Darrell Zbeetnoff) won duffle bags for being the top eligible team in the Region 11 Tour points standings. Duffle bags were also awarded to the Tanaka, Sulz and Brower teams.
Cedar Creek Estate Winery donated 20 bottles of wine with the Sulz team each getting a bottle for being the top eligible team on the Vancouver Island Tour points standings. Four other teams were drawn to receive bottles as well.
Langley Chrysler made a significant cash donation to the event with sales rep and avid curler Tommy Booth in attendance at Saturday’s luncheon. We hope the couple of leads that Tommy got on Saturday turn into sales!