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2014 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships finals on Sportsnet

Chilliwack, BC – It will be the Island versus the Mainland at the finals for the 2014 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships.

And the match-ups at Chilliwack Curling Club will be played out on TV screens across the nation as the Junior Women’s (10:30am) and Junior Men’s (3pm) finals will be broadcast live on Sportsnet Pacific.

On the Junior Women’s side, a team of talented curlers from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland will be hoping to take the title away from the defending national champions, Team Brown, from Kamloops. On the Junior Men’s side, Victoria’s Team de Jong are looking to end the winning ways of Team Tardi, who go undefeated into the final.

The Brown rink from Kamloops Curling Club, with Skip Corryn Brown, Third Erin Pincott, Second Samantha Fisher and Lead Sydney Fraser, will be difficult to beat, given their wealth of experience. The foursome from Kamloops won a gold medal at the 2013 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Fort McMurray, Alberta, last year.

But the members of Team Van Osch, from Nanaimo Curling Centre and Delta Thistle Curling Club, all have experience at the national level and will no doubt be strong challengers. The team is made up of past juvenile and junior provincial winners – but this is the first year this line-up has curled on the same team. Kalia Van Osch (Nanaimo) skips the team with third Marika Van Osch (Nanaimo), Second Sarah Daniels (Delta), Lead Ashley Sanderson (Coquitlam) and Fifth Megan Daniels (Delta).

At the semi-finals yesterday (Monday, Dec. 30), Team Van Osch were able to get past Team Jensen, representing the Victoria Curling Centre, to advance to the final. Three of the women from the bronze-medal winning Team Jensen have also already qualified for the BC Scotties, so they will get another chance to make their mark. The team is skipped by Shawna Jensen (Tsawwassen) and is rounded out by Merit Thorson (Third, Victoria), Lauren Legan (Second, West Kelowna), Tatianna Simicic (Lead, Surrey).

On the Junior Men’s side, Team Tardi, from Langley Curling Club, got the bye to the final after going through the championship undefeated. Tyler Tardi (Surrey) skips the team with brother Jordan Tardi (Surrey) playing third and Nicholas Meister (Langley) at second and Zachary Umbach (Coquitlam) at lead.

Team de Jong, from the Victoria Curling Centre, got past club-mates Team Reid, to take the semis and win the chance to play Team Tardi in the final. The team, with Skip Cameron de Jong, Third Brook Calibaba, Second Ryan Cassidy and Lead Alex Horvath, have recorded only one loss in the championship so far.

Team Reid were awarded the bronze medals yesterday. The team is made up of Sanjay Bowry (Victoria), who throws fourth rocks and who was part of the team that travelled to the junior nationals last year, as well as skip Nolan Reid (Duncan), and brothers Calvin (Second, Victoria) and Byron (Lead, Victoria) Heels.

The winning junior men’s and junior women’s teams will travel to the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, from January 18-26.

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About Curl BC

Curl BC is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the development, promotion and organization of curling in British Columbia. Curl BC is also responsible for the championship system that declares provincial representation at National events. In cooperation with its Members, Curl BC provides services to both competitive and recreational curlers, including a variety of adaptive groups. For more information, visit http://www.curlbc.ca.

 

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Top men’s teams qualify for 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship

Six men’s curling teams secured berths to the 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship at regional qualifiers held over the weekend (Dec 6-8).

And a seventh team has secured a berth based on Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) points – Team Morris, from Vernon & Kelowna curling clubs. The team has spent the past few weeks battling for a berth to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the 2013 Capital One Road to the Roar and the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings. After a fantastic set of results, they made it to the Roar final, but lost out to Team Brad Jacobs, from Northern Ontario.

Team Morris – with John Morris (skip), Jim Cotter (throwing fourth rocks), Tyrel Griffith (second) and Rick Sawatsky (lead) – get a berth to provincials for being the top B.C. men’s team based on CTRS ranking.

They will join Team Andrew Bilesky, from the Royal City Curling Club, who has automatic entry into the championship for winning last year’s event. The team is rounded out by Steve Kopf (third), Derek Errington (second) and Aaron Watson (lead).

The 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship will take place at the Vancouver Curling Club from February 5-9, 2014.

Six berths have gone to the winners of three regional playdowns. A further two regional playdowns will take place this weekend and a final open event will take place in January – these three events will decide the final eight berths. Playdown scores can be accessed at www.playdowns.com under the Curl BC tab.

The Prince George Golf and Curling Club will send Team Bill Cameron to provincials.  The team, with Third Cale Rusnell, Second Mike Hansen and Lead London Blundell, beat Team McInnis from the same club at northern playdowns to earn their berth.

Two Kootenays teams have also earned berths after playdowns. Team Tom Buchy, from the Kimberley Curling Club, is back for another shot at the BC title. Skip Tom Buchy, Third Fred Thomson, Second Dave Toffolo and Lead Darren Will return to the BC championship with a new player (Thomson) after coming in fourth place at last year’s event in Parksville.

Team Trevor Perepolkin, from the Castlegar Curling Club, earned the B event spot at the Kootenays playdowns. The team is rounded out by Third Deane Horning, Second Tyler Orme, Lead Don Freschi, alternate Kevin Nesbitt and Coach Terry Bublitz. Perepolkin is a four-time BC Junior Men’s champion, but has never won a Men’s championship.

Three teams from the Lower Mainland also qualified over the weekend. Team Dean Joanisse from the Royal City Curling Club qualified in the A event, Team Grant Dezura, from the Golden Ears Winter Club qualified in the B event, and Team Brent Pierce, from the Royal City Curling Club, qualified in the C event.

Team Joanisse, rounded out by Mike Johnson (throwing fourth rocks), Second Paul Cseke and Lead John Cullen, is made up of a newly formed line-up this year. Joanisse is a past BC men’s champion and he and his teammates recently placed second place at the Kamloops Crown of Curling cashspiel. In addition to being a competitive curler, lead Cullen does stand-up comedy and a regular interview feature for Curling Zone, an online portal for curling fans.

Team Dezura, rounded out by Kevin MacKenzie (throwing fourth rocks), Second Jamie Smith, Lead Kevin Recksiedler and alternate Jay Peachey all have BC championship experience, but this is a new line-up for 2014. The team finished first in the Kamloops Crown of Curling. Dezura is a former BC Junior champion and MacKenzie is the brother of Kelly Scott, the six-time BC Scotties champion.

Team Pierce, rounded out by Sean Geall (throwing fourth rocks), Second Sebastien Robillard, Lead Mark Olson, alternate Ken Maskiewich and coach Katie Witt, is an experienced rink. Pierce has travelled to three Briers and, with a different team, he won silver in last year’s Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship.

The remaining three qualification events will be held at Kamloops Curling Club (Dec. 13-15), Victoria Curling Centre (Dec. 13-15) and Salmon Arm Curling Club (Jan. 10-12).

The 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship will take place at the Vancouver Curling Club from February 5-9, 2014 and will be televised on Sportsnet. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit http://cdimens2014.curlbc.ca.  

 

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About Curl BC
Curl BC is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the development, promotion and organization of curling in British Columbia. Curl BC is also responsible for the championship system that declares provincial representation at National events. In cooperation with its Members, Curl BC provides services to both competitive and recreational curlers, including a variety of adaptive groups.

 

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