Tyler Tardi has won the 2016 Tim Hortons BC Junior Men’s Curling Championship in Kamloops after defeating Matthew McCrady’s rink 8-3.
Seventeen-year-old Tardi has represented BC at the Canada Winter Games and has two BC Mixed Doubles titles under his belt, but this is his first BC Junior title. His Langley Curling Club/Royal City Curling Club rink of third Daniel Wenzek, second Jordan Tardi, lead Nicholas Meister, fifth Sterling Middleton and coach Paul Tardi, headed into the finals undefeated.
Matthew McCrady’s Royal City rink, all aged 16, played a great game. But a well-placed Tardi guard in the seventh end forced McCrady to attempt a complicated shot, giving Team Tardi a steal of three and setting the stage for Tardi’s win.
Team McCrady, with third Zac Curtis, second Liam Purgavie, lead Jacob Umbach and coach Ken McCardle, headed into the playoffs as the third-placed team, but played really well under pressure. They defeated Team Love in the 3 vs 4 page playoffs and then ousted defending champions Team Henderson in the semis. The Victoria rink of Paul Henderson, featuring third Duncan Silversides, second Benton Boychuk-Chorney, lead Timothy Henderson and coach Todd Troyer have been awarded the bronze medals.
Tyler Tardi, 17, and his teammates Daniel, 21, Jordan, 19, Nicholas, 19, and Sterling, 17, have also earned a berth into the BC Men’s Championship in Nelson February 10-14.
Earlier in the day, Sarah Daniels’ Royal City Curling Club rink won the 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.
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.
Team Tardi and Team Daniels 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 women’s and junior men’s finals aired on Sportsnet.
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Junior men roster
Team Henderson (Victoria Curling Centre)
Skip: Paul Henderson – Victoria
Third: Duncan Silversides – Victoria
Second: Benton Boychuk-Chorney – Victoria
Lead: Timothy Henderson – Victoria
Coach: Todd Troyer
Team McCrady (Royal City Curling Club)
Skip: Matthew McCrady – Port Coquitlam
Third: Zac Curtis – Coquitlam
Second: Liam Purgavie – Cloverdale, Surrey
Lead: Jacob Umbach – Coquitlam
Coach: Ken McCardle
Team Tardi (Langley Curling Club/Royal City Curling Club)
Skip: Tyler Tardi – Surrey
Third: Daniel Wenzek – Burnaby
Second: Jordan Tardi – Surrey
Lead: Nicholas Meister – Langley
Fifth: Sterling Middleton – Fort St John
Coach: Paul Tardi
Junior Women roster
Team Brown (Kamloops Curling Club)
Skip: Corryn Brown – Kamloops
Third: Erin Pincott – Kamloops
Second: Samantha Fisher – Kamloops
Lead: Sydney Fraser – Kamloops
Coach: Allison McInnes
Team Daniels (Royal City Curling Club)
Skip: Sarah Daniels – Delta
Third: Marika Van Osch – Nanaimo
Second: Dezaray Hawes – Anmore
Lead: Megan Daniels – Delta
Coach: Ernie Daniels/Katie Witt
Team Loken (Delta Thistle Curling Club)
Skip: Sarah Loken – Surrey
Third: Catera Park – Coquitlam
Second: Kylie Karoway – Surrey
Lead: Kim Bonneau – Abbotsford
Coach: Marion McNeill