Sarah Daniels’ Royal City Curling Club rink has won the 2016 Tim Hortons BC Junior Women’s Curling Championship with a decisive score of 11-3, ousting defending champions Team Brown.
Team Daniels, with skip Sarah Daniels, third Marika Van Osch, second Dezaray Hawes, lead Megan Daniels, managed to score 5 in the fourth end and steal one in the fifth end to gain a comfortable lead early on. The team will now travel to Stratford, Ontario for the Canadian championships.
The Kamloops Curling Club rink of Corryn Brown had previously beat Team Daniels twice during the competition, once during round robin play and again in page playoffs, but they were unable to get past the team in the final. The Brown rink, featuring third Erin Pincott, second Samantha Fisher, lead Sydney Fraser and coach Allison MacInnes, were last year’s gold medallists.
It was a bittersweet end to the Brown rink’s time in junior competition, with the loss in front of a cheering hometown crowd. Three of the four team members can curl at the junior level next year but Erin Pincott will no longer be eligible.
On their way to the final, Team Daniels, coached by Katie Witt and Ernie Daniels, had played Sarah Loken’s Delta Thistle Curling Club rink, beating them 9-4. Team Loken, an under-16 team featuring skip Loken, third Catera Park, second Kylie Karoway, lead Kim Bonneau and coach Marion McNeill, were awarded the bronze medals.
Meanwhile, Tyler Tardi’s Langley/Royal City rink of third Daniel Wenzek, second Jordan Tardi, lead Nicholas Meister, fifth Sterling Middleton and coach Paul Tardi, face Team McCrady, from the Royal City Curling Club, in the junior men’s final. The Matthew McCrady rink features third Zac Curtis, second Liam Purgavie, lead Jacob Umbach and coach Ken McCardle.
The McCrady rink defeated the Victoria rink of Paul Henderson, last year’s provincial champions, in the semis. The Henderson rink featuring third Duncan Silversides, second Benton Boychuk-Chorney, lead Timothy Henderson and coach Todd Troyer have been awarded the bronze medals.
Team Daniels and the winning junior men’s team will travel to Stratford, Ontario, for the 2016 Canadian Junior Curling Championships, presented by Egg Farmers of Ontario. The winners of that event will go to the World Junior Curling Championships in Erzurum, Turkey.
The event at Kamloops Curling Club started on Tuesday, December 29. The junior men’s final will air at 2 p.m. today (January 3) on Sportsnet One.