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BC Junior champions on-track to regain Canadian title

The winners of the 2015 Tim Horton’s BC Junior Men’s and Women’s titles have spent the last week doing the province proud on the national stage in Cornerbrook, NL.

For the past seven days Team Brown and Team Henderson have been battling it out at the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships.

Team Brown, from Kamloops Curling Club, have made the semi-finals and therefore remain on-track to regain the Women’s title that they won in 2013.

The team, of skip Corryn Brown, third Erin Pincott, second Samantha Fisher and lead Sydney Fraser, won all six of their round robin games to qualify for the next stage unbeaten.

The rink then suffered three losses in the Championship Pool but their 7-3 overall record was good enough to secure them a spot in the semi-finals with against Ontario’s Team Brandwood. The winner will progress to the final to play current World Champion Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque who is aiming to become only the fourth skip to win back-to-back Canadian Junior titles.

The BC Junior Men’s Champions, Team Henderson, also progressed to the Championship Pool with a 4-2 record in their round robin group including a staggering 19-2 eight-end victory over Nunavut.

Skip Paul Henderson, and his team of third Duncan Silversides, second Benton Boychuk-Chorney and lead Jacob Zorn, won one of their Championship games but lost the other three. The Victoria rink finished seventh overall therefore surpassing their seeding of ninth.

You can watch the Women’s semi-final on TSN at 9am BC time on Saturday or follow the scores online via the CCA’s website.

Photo credit: Amanda Romboldt

BC Mixed Doubles Championship begins

One of the newest and most fast-paced formats of curling is being showcased in White Rock this weekend as the BC Mixed Doubles Championship gets underway.

It is only the third time that the Championship, which runs at Peace Arch Curling Centre from January 30 – February 2, has taken place.

The event will see teams play a two-person version of curling with draws taking place at 3:30pm and 7.30pm today, continuing tomorrow throughout the day and then culminating with the semi-final and final on Sunday.

Thirteen teams representing clubs in Vancouver, Victoria, Langley, New Westminster, Delta, Chilliwack, Juan de Fuca and Peace Arch will be taking part, including the 2013 champions Tyler Tardi and Dezaray Hawes. The winner will go on to compete at nationals in Ottawa and, if successful there, at the worlds which are being held in the 2014 Olympic venue in Sochi, Russia.

Information about the teams and live results can be found on Playdowns.com

The Mixed Doubles game format is becoming more popular and could even become an Olympic event in 2018.

There is one male and one female curler and the game is played over eight ends (instead of the usual 10). Each team has only six stones and one of those stones from each team is prepositioned on the centre line before every end of play. One player delivers the first and last stones of the end while the other player throws the second, third and fourth stones. If they choose to, the two players may swap positions from one end to the next. Both team members are also allowed to sweep.

There are no age restrictions on who can play so participants can be anywhere from juvenile (16 and under) up to masters level (60 plus).

At the national level, a total of 32 teams will compete, with the teams divided into four round-robin pools of eight, with the top two from each pool and the next four best round-robin records moving onto the 12-team single-knockout playoff round.

For more information about the championship, visit the Peace Arch Curling website.

Knezevic wins the BC Scotties Women’s Curling Championship

Patti Knezevic has won the 2015 BC Scotties presented by Best Western – a decade after she first made the final.

Knezevic claimed the crown after winning a tense extra end in the final which took place at Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge.

The Prince George restauranteur and her team were tied 3-3 with Team Wark after 10 ends but managed to hold their nerve to win the extra end, and the Championship, by two securing a 5-3 victory.

Team Knezevic, which includes third Kristen Fewster, second Jen Rusnell and lead Rhonda Camozzi, went into the final in a strong position as they were unbeaten all week and had already recorded two wins over Team Wark.

The game, which was broadcast live on Sportsnet Pacific, was an extremely close game which saw several blank ends and each team only able to record singles, creating a scoreboard that resembled binary code.

The drama appeared to be reaching a climax in the tenth end when Knezevic’s final rock was a little too heavy and left the house open for Sarah Wark to make a draw for two to win the game. The skip from Duncan was unable to make the shot and recorded a lone single, therefore taking the game to an extra end and handing Knezevic the hammer.

Speaking after the game, Knezevic said: “At the start of the 10th our aim was to force the game to go to an extra end and that happened so we were pleased. Before the 11th I felt quite calm and was just focused on ensuring we made our shots which we did.

“Sarah’s team is very tough and they curled really well so we were glad to get the win”, she added.

The Island rink of Sarah Wark, third Simone Brosseau, second Michelle Allen and lead Rachelle Kallechy booked their place in the final with a dramatic semi-final win over six-time provincial champion Kelly Scott earlier in the day.

The team, who play out of both Victoria Curling Centre and Juan de Fuca Curling Centre, had trailed Scott for much of their semi but the score was tied going into the final end. Scott had delivered several game-winning shots throughout the competition but on this occasion she was unable to make the draw and Wark picked up a single and a place in the final. It was the second time in a week that Team Wark had beaten the Kelowna skip and her team of third Shannon Aleksic, second Karla Thompson, lead Sarah Pyke and fifth Kristen Reckseidler.

Knezevic had reached the BC Scotties finals three times before but never got the gold, losing to Kelly Scott in 2005 and 2013 and Kelley Law in 2007. When interviewed after the final she jokingly said: ‘I was just happy that I didn’t have to play a Kelly in the final

The team will now go on to represent BC at the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts where they will be part of a field that includes Olympic gold medallist Jennifer Jones and two-time defending Scotties champion Rachel Homan. The nationals will be familiar ground for Knezevic as she attended as fifth for last year’s BC champions Team Van Osch and was required to step in as skip when Van Osch caught the flu.

The 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts takes place in Moose Jaw, SK, from February 14-22.

Knezevic continues unbeaten run to the final

Prince George skip Patti Knezevic will be hoping it is a case of fourth time lucky as she aims to win the 2015 BC Scotties Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western.


Team Knezevic, who have progressed through the tournament without losing a game, guaranteed their place in today’s final with an 8-3 victory against Team Wark who they had beaten once already this week.


The rink, which hails from Prince George Golf and Curling Club and Howe Sound Curling Club, includes third Kristen Fewster, second Jen Rusnell and lead Rhonda Camozzi.


The team has recorded several convincing wins on their way to the final but it has not only been their skill that has impressed but also their manner of play with Knezevic and Camozzi being awarded the Kay Giles Sportsmanship Award.


Knezevic has previously made the BC Scotties final in 2005, 2007 and 2013 but is yet to win the title with two of those defeats coming at the hands of Kelly Scott who she could face in the 2015 final.


To set up that game Scott, and her new rink of third Shannon Aleksic, second Karla Thompson, lead Sarah Pyke and fifth Kristen Reckseidler, will have to first beat Team Wark in the semi-final.


Whilst Knezevic has eased through the competition, Scott has had a far more difficult route through the draw which has so far seen her team play seven games compared to Knezevic’s four.

Despite not making things easy for themselves, Team Scott has managed to pull out the key shots when it mattered and secured their semi-final spot with a 9-1 win over Royal City Curling Club’s Team Lewis.

If Scott, who is a six-time provincial champion, were to win the event she would become the most successful BC curler in history but her team will first have to get passed the Island team of Sarah Wark.

The Juan de Fuca / Victoria Curling Centre rink has already beaten Scott once this week and is a strong team that contains two reigning BC champions.

Both skip Sarah Wark and second Michelle Allen are part of the current BC Mixed Champions team and Allen also won the BC, Canadian and World Championship titles as fifth on Scott’s highly successful team in 2007. The team is rounded out by third Simone Brosseau and lead Rachelle Kallechy.

The team that take the provincial crown will go on to represent BC at the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, SK, from February 14-22.

Both the final and semi-final of the 2015 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western, will be broadcast live on Sportsnet Pacific with the semi-final beginning at 8.30am and the final at 1pm.

Tickets for both draws are available through the club. Visit http://bcscotties2015.curlbc.ca  for more details.

2015 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship gets underway

The 2015 BC Scotties is sure to get off to an exciting start as Kesa Van Osch and Kelly Scott, the two skips from last year’s final, go head-to-head in the first draw of the tournament.

The 2014 final saw Van Osch win the women’s provincial title at the very first attempt when her rink beat the six-time BC Scotties Champion in a thrilling tenth end. This year both skips return to the Championship with new teams alongside six other rinks who are sure to provide tough competition as they all battle it out to be crowned the best in BC.

The event is taking place at Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge with today’s draw starting at 6:30pm. All results are available at http://www.playdowns.com/ under the Curl BC tab.

Scott’s team, who curl out of Kelowna Curling Club and Golden Ears Winter Club, may only have formed last year but all five members have won provincial titles in the past. The rink is rounded out by third Shannon Aleksic, second Karla Thompson, lead Sarah Pyke and fifth Kristen Recksiedler.

This year Van Osch, who curls out of Nanaimo Curling Club, is joined by her sister Kalia at third and Golden Ears Winter Club curlers Trysta Vandale at second and Kelsey Steiger at lead. As well as Kesa being a BC Women’s Champion, the team also includes three former BC Junior Women’s Champions.

Team Sivertson, which contains three of the curlers that won gold alongside Van Osch last year, will be keen to repeat their past success. The team is now skipped by Dailene Sivertson with Stephanie Jackson-Baier at third, Jessie Sanderson at second and Carley St Blaze. They curl out of the Victoria Curling Centre and Royal City Curling Club.

The field contains several other experienced teams including Team Knezevic who were runners up at the 2013 BC Scotties. The rink, who curl out of Prince George Golf and Curling Club and Howe Sound Curling Club,  consists of skip Patti Knezevic, third Kristen Fewster, second Jen Rusnell and lead Rhonda Camozzi.

In the first draw, they will face Team Gushulak who qualified as Canadian Team Ranking System winners. The team from Vancouver Curling Club is skipped by Diane Gushulak, Grace MacInnes is third, Lorelle Weiss is second and the lead is Sandra Comadina.

The Island rink of Team Wark, which represents Victoria Curling Centre and Juan de Fuca Curling Centre, won the A-event at the first open playdown. Skip Sarah Wark is joined by third Simone Brosseau, second Michelle Allen and lead Rachelle Kallechy.

In the first draw they will face Team Russett who will be making their debut at the BC Scotties. The team from Kamloops Curling Club is skipped by Amanda Russett alongside third Crista Sanbrooks, second Ashley Nordin and lead Courtney Karwandy.

The field is rounded out by Team Lewis from Royal City Curling Club. The rink is skipped by Kristy Lewis, third is Jody Maskiewich, second is Barbara Zbeetnoff and the lead is Jenn Howard.

The team which takes the provincial crown will go on to represent BC at the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, SK, from February 14-22. 

Tickets for the 2015 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western, which run from today until January 25, 2015, are available through the club. Visit http://bcscotties2015.curlbc.ca  for more details.

The BC Scotties semi-final and final will be broadcast on Sportsnet on January 25. Visit http://www.curlbc.ca/communications/tv-schedules/ for information about broadcast times.


Austgarden wins BC Wheelchair Curling Championship

2006 Paralympic champion, Gerry Austgarden and his experienced team will represent BC at the nationals after winning the 2015 BC Wheelchair Championship.

Curling alongside Austgarden was fellow 2006 Paralympic gold medallist Gary Cormack at third, Vancouver 2010 champion Darryl Neighbour at second, Samantha Siu at lead and fifth Jacqueline Roy.

Team Austgarden beat Team LaBounty 7-6 in the final to complete a perfect Championship which saw them win all of their games.

The rink will now go onto the Canadian Championship in Boucherville, QC, which takes place April 27 – May 3. All of the team has competed at nationals before and Cormack, Neighbour and Roy have all won the Canadian title on previous occasions, a feat that they will be hoping to repeat.

Silver medallists Team LaBounty contained three members of the team which won the 2014 Championship title but they were unable to repeat last year’s success. The bronze medal went to Team MacDonald who won their final match against Team Tingle 7-2.

The 2015 BC Wheelchair Curling Championships took place at Richmond Curling Club from January 16-18. Visit http://playdowns.com/curlbc/event.php?id_cmp=527 to see the results of all the draws.

The full team line-ups from the event were:

Team Cormack:

  • Skip: Gerry Austgarden
  • Third: Gary Cormack
  • Second: Darryl Neighbour
  • Lead: Samantha Siu
  • Fifth: Jacqueline Roy

Team LaBounty

  • Skip: Frank LaBounty
  • Third: Allison Duddy
  • Second: Vincent Miele
  • Lead: Ellis Tull

Team MacDonald:

  • Skip: Bob MacDonald
  • Third: Tom Parker
  • Second: John Boyko
  • Lead: Janice Ing

Team Tingle:

  • Skip: Tyler Tingle
  • Third: Stu Wymer
  • Second: Bob Thorpe
  • Lead: Zosia Ettenberg

BC Wheelchair Curling Championship starts


Wheelchair curlers from across the province will compete this weekend to be named the best in BC.

With a mix of past Paralympic and national champions taking part, there promises to be a high standard of play at the event which takes place at Richmond Curling Club from January 16-18.

There will be four teams competing for the title including Team Cormack which contains three Paralympic gold medallists. Darryl Neighbour, who skipped last year’s winning team and won gold at Vancouver 2010, will play third on the team alongside skip Gary Cormack and second Gerry Austgarden who were part of Team Daw who won the first ever Paralympic Curling title in 2006. The team is rounded out by lead Samantha Siu, a former BC champion, and fifth Jacqueline Roy, a three-time Canadian champion.

Another rink hoping to succeed is Team LaBounty which contains three 2014 Canadian Championship silver medallists. Frank LaBounty, who has three national titles to his name, will skip the team which includes third Allison Duddy, fellow Canadian champion Vincent Miele at second and Ellis Tull at lead.

Last year’s silver medal winning skip Bob MacDonald and third Tom Parker will return to the Championship with new teammates John Boyko who plays second and Janice Ing at lead.

The final team in the field is Team Tingle which is made up of skip Tyler Tingle, third Stu Wymer, second Bob Thorpe and lead Zosia Ettenberg.

The event begins at 11.30am on Friday, January 16 and the final starts at 10am on Sunday, January 18 at the Richmond Curling Club.

Visit http://playdowns.com/curlbc/event.php?id_cmp=527 to see the schedule and the results of all the draws as they come in.

The winning team will represent BC at the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Quebec, from April 27-May 3.

Enjoy some summer fun at Rockslide

Registration is now open for the 2015 Rockslide Summer Curling Camp which will take place in Kelowna.

It will be the fifth anniversary of the camp which has welcomed almost 200 young people since it began in 2011. Many of the campers have returned year-after-year to brush up their curling skills and have fun with their friends.

It is a great opportunity for 8-20 year olds to improve their standard of curling under the guidance of BC’s best coaches. A lot of the campers have gone on to compete at provincial level with 58% of the 2015 BC Junior Championships field being Rockslide alumni.

The three-and-a-half day camp is not just about curling though and beginners are very welcome. As well as receiving several on-ice coaching sessions, there are fitness training sessions, group activities and lots of fun team events.

This year, for the first time, Curl BC will run a two day bonspiel at the end of the camp which is open to both campers and non-campers.

The 2015 camp will take place from July 7-10 and it will cost $420 for the camp or $450 for both the camp and the bonspiel. These prices include a camp shirt, snacks, lunches, dinners and more. The bonspiel is from July 10-12 and for non-campers it will be $60 per person or $240 for a team.

For further information, click here.

Rock around the clock and raise money for a great cause

Fresh off the back of her success at the 2015 Tim Hortons BC Junior Championships, Corryn Brown is hosting a 24-hour bonspiel to raise money for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.

The skip of Team Brown, the BC Junior Women’s champions, has organised the event as part of her $5,000 Spirit of Sandra scholarship which she received last year.

The fundraiser, which will take place shortly after Team Brown return from the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors, will be an open spiel with a pool format and dinner will be provided. Although teams will curl through the night, no-one will have to curl non-stop for 24 hours!

Date: Noon, February 7 – noon, February 8
Entry fee: $200 per team or $50 for individual entry
Entry deadline: January 31
Registration: Email Corryn at curlathon2015@gmail.com

For further information, download the poster.

Final four teams for 2015 CDI BC Men’s Curling Championship are decided

Four teams have grabbed the last remaining spots at the 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship.

The complete line-up for the Championship was decided late on Sunday evening when the Open Event, which saw 16 teams battle it out for the final spaces, drew to a close at Peace Arch Curling Club in White Rock.
Teams from across the province were successful with curlers from Victoria, New Westminster, Langley and Vernon securing berths.

The A event winner was Team Joanisse who play out of Royal City Curling Club. The team will be no strangers to the Championship as all of them competed at the 2014 event. The rink is made up of skip Dean Joanisse, third Paul Cseke, second Jay Wakefield and lead John Cullen.

The B event winner was Team Wenzek who will be the youngest team at the 2015 Championship. The team, which is skipped by Daniel Wenzek, consists of curlers from Royal City Curling Club, Langley Curling Club and Victoria Curling Centre. Curling alongside Wenzek are third Nicholas Meister, second Calvin Heels and lead Byron Heels.

The two winners of the C event were Team Longworth, from Vernon Curling Club, and Team Craig from the Victoria Curling Centre.

Team Longworth, which is made up of skip Mark Longworth, third Michael Longworth, second Jonathan Gardner and lead John Slattery, should feel at home at the Championship as the event is being held at Vernon Curling Club.

Skip Wes Craig, who recently came fourth at the 2014 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships, is joined by third Scott MacDonald, second Tony Anslow and lead Victor Gamble.

These teams will join the 12 other teams who have already qualified including reigning champions Team Cotter.

The 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship will take place at the Vernon Curling Club from February 3-8, 2015.

You can view the whole field and read further information about the event on the 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship website.

To see the results of all the draws leading up to this event, visit www.playdowns.com and click on Curl BC. Visit www.curlbc.ca for more about Curl BC.

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