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Team Tardi wins bronze at Canada Winter Games

Team Tardi has become the first BC Men’s curling team to win a medal at the Canada Winter Games since 1999.

The rink, which hails from Surrey, Fort St John, Coquitlam and Victoria, beat Saskatchewan 11-2 to win the bronze medal game.

The last time the BC Men won a medal was in 1999 when Brad Kuhn’s team took home the silver, they then went on to win the World Junior crown in 2000.

Team Tardi began their Canada Winter Games campaign in emphatic style when they won all five of their round robin games. Unfortunately, they lost to Manitoba 6-5 in a very close semi-final game before bouncing back for their bronze medal victory.

Skip Tyler, third Sterling Middleton, second Nicholas Umbach and lead Timothy Henderson, led the game from the start after picking up a deuce in the first end and stole singles in the second and third before delivering a game-deciding blow in the sixth when they got a five-ender.

Speaking about competing at the Games, Tardi said: “It was a big honour to play the sport I love, representing my province on home soil.  The atmosphere in Prince George was incredible – it reminded me of when I went to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

“Even though the semi-final outcome wasn’t what we had hoped, it was a huge honour to win a medal in our home province.”

It is now the BC Women’s turn to take to the ice and Team Daniels has made a strong start to their campaign beating Nunavut 10-3 in the opening game.

The team of skip Sarah, third Dezaray Hawes, second Cierra Fisher and lead Sydney Hofer, will now play six other games in their pool before hopefully progressing to the knock-out games which take place on Friday.

You can watch Team Daniels’ games online at 10am on Tuesday, February 24 and 9am on Thursday, February 26, they are being webcast here http://sportscanada.tv/canadagames/index.php/week2/womens-curling. The gold medal game will also be broadcast (tape-delayed) at 7.30pm on Saturday, February 28 on TSN2.

Wes Craig and Sandra Jenkins take 2015 BC Seniors titles

Teams from Victoria and Salmon Arm will represent the province at the nationals after winning the 2015 Tim Hortons BC Senior Curling Championships.

Victoria’s Wes Craig retained the title he claimed last year, whilst Sandra Jenkins, who won the Women’s event as a third in 2014, skipped her team to success at Alberni Valley Curling Club.

It was an extremely close Championships as in both the Men’s and Women’s event there was a four-way tie at the top of the group.Teams Craig and Jenkins then automatically qualified for the final as a result of their win/loss record.

Team Craig, which is rounded out by Scott MacDonald at third, Tony Anslow as second and Lindsay Cheetham at lead, and coached by Roz Craig, defeated Team Greig of Richmond 8-3 to take the Men’s title. The Islanders got off to a strong start in the final with a single and then a steal of three which Greig was unable to come back from.

Skip Sandy Greig, and his team of third Don Wakefield, second Wayne Hogaboam and lead Mike Freeman, had beaten Team Dunkin 9-4 earlier in the day to secure their place in the final.

The Salmon Arm rink of Jenkins, third Kate Horne, second Wendy Cseke and lead Carol Murray, and coach Darryl Horne, punched their ticket to nationals when they beat Team Noble 5-4. After a close opening five ends in which each team took two singles, Jenkins jumped into the lead with a three ender in the sixth and, despite a deuce by Noble in the seventh, took the title.

The Qualicum rink of Lynne Noble, third Donna Langlands, second Crystal Murray, lead Shirley Wong and fifth Lorraine Jeffries, had beaten Team Smiley earlier in the day to book their berth in the final.

The bronze medal in the Men’s event was awarded to Team Dunkin, from North Shore Winter Club, with Paul Dunkin as skip, Mickey Bishop at third, Rob Gardner at second and Jurgen Wolter at lead, and the Women’s bronze medallists were Team Smiley, from Royal City Curling Club, with Kathy Smiley as skip, Kerri Miller as third, Debbie Pulak as second and Laurie Shimizu at lead.

To see the results of all the draws at Alberni Valley Curling Club, visit http://playdowns.com/curlbc/.

The 2015 Canadian Senior Curling Championships take place at the Thistle Curling Club in Edmonton from March 21-28, 2015.

BC curlers into semi-finals in Prince George

BC’s Team Tardi has qualified automatically for the Canada Winter Games semi-finals after being unbeaten in their round robin pool.

The rink, which hails from different locations across the province, won all five of their group games to top their pool and avoid having to play a quarter-final.

The team of skip Tyler Tardi, third Sterling Middleton, second Nicholas Umbach and lead Timothy Henderson, got off to a great start at the Games with comfortable victories against Alberta and Yukon. They faced tougher tests against New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island but each time the rink managed to play strong final ends to win.

On Thursday night, Team Tardi will take on the winner of Manitoba vs PEI for a place in the final. The semi-final will be broadcast live on TSN2 at 7pm.

If they make the final, the rink could face Saskatchewan who was also unbeaten in the pool stage. The final will take place at 5pm on Friday and will be aired on the Canada Winter Games webcast.

The BC Women’s team will be hoping to be equally successful when they begin their pursuit of gold at 10am on Monday, February 23 against Nunavut.

2015 Tim Hortons BC Senior Curling Championships set to start

Port Alberni will be playing host to the province’s best senior curlers from February 17-21 when the 2015 Tim Hortons BC Senior Curling Championships get underway.

Eight men’s and eight women’s teams from across BC qualified through regional playdowns and will now compete for the B.C. senior curling crown. The winners will go on to represent the province at the Canadian Championships in Edmonton in March.

The field for the event is extremely strong this year and includes 1988 Olympic Champion Debbie Jones-Walker and 2006 Olympic bronze medallist Sandra Jenkins in the Women’s event, whilst the Men’s draw will feature former Men’s World Champion Gerry Richard. There are also past Canadian champions and several curlers who have competed at the Scotties and the Brier taking part, so the standard of curling promises to be high.

The co-chair of the event host committee, Michelle Twanow, said: “We are honoured to be hosting the 2015 Tim Hortons BC Senior Championships here at the Alberni Valley Curling Club. There is a strong field this year and we hope that the community will come down and support the event, admission is by donation on the door.”

The event, which is a round robin followed by playoffs, runs from Tuesday, February 17 until Saturday, February 21. The finals will take place at 2pm on Saturday. To follow the results online, visit www.playdowns.com and click on the Curl BC tab.

The winners of the Men’s and Women’s events will go on to represent BC at the Canadian Championships which take place at Thistle Curling Club in Edmonton from March 21 – 28.

Young curlers fly the flag for BC at the Canada Winter Games

It’s nearly a year since Team Daniels and Team Tardi were chosen to represent the province at the 2015 Canada Winter Games but they will finally don their BC jackets as the Games begin in Prince George this weekend.

The two teams, which are made up of curlers from across BC, will have home advantage as for the first time in Winter Games history the event is being staged in BC.

It will be the Men’s team, of skip Tyler Tardi, third Sterling Middleton, second Nicholas Umbach and lead Timothy Henderson, who will be first to step on the ice at Prince George Golf and Curling Club when their event begins on Sunday.

Despite being from as far apart as Victoria and Fort St. John, the team have managed to find time to practice and even compete in several bonspiels together.

Speaking in January, Tyler said: At first the fact that we are spread out across the province was a big challenge but we have got used to it now. We have competed in four spiels and have won three of them and reached the final in the other one so we’re pleased with that.”

Team Tardi’s first game will be against Alberta at 1pm on Sunday and will be televised at 8pm on TSN2, they will then play pool games throughout the week before the knockout stages begin on Thursday, February 19.

Team Daniels’, which is made up of skip Sarah Daniels, third Dezaray Hawes, second Cierra Fisher and lead Sydney Hofer, will begin their pursuit of gold on Monday, February 23.

The rink, who curl out of clubs in Delta, New Westminster, Kamloops and Vernon, has had a successful season so far and are looking forward to being part of the Canada Winter Games.

Speaking about representing BC, Sarah said: “Going to the Games is going to be great. We normally play in a team of four but we will be part of a much bigger team this time and with it being in BC there should be lots of support and an awesome atmosphere.

“It will be fun to see the different sports and hopefully people from other sports will come and watch curling so we can promote the sport”, Sarah added.

BC is the reigning champion in the Women’s event as Team Brown from Kamloops Curling Club won the title in 2011.

All of the results from the Canada Winter Games will be posted online at http://www.canadagames2015.ca/ or you can follow @CurlBC on Twitter for updates on the BC teams’ progress.

You can find out more about the teams by watching their video clips on the Curl BC YouTube channel.

Cotter to return to Brier for the fifth time after hometown glory

Vernon’s Jim Cotter and his team will once again represent the province at the Brier after winning a dramatic extra end final at the 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship.

The defending champions successfully retained their title after beating Team Joanisse 7-6 in the final which took place on Sunday.

It was the second time that Cotter, and his team of third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffith and lead Rick Sawatsky, had clinched an extra end win in as many days as they also won Saturday’s semi-final against Team Pierce 7-6 in the 11th end.

The final saw a high-standard of curling from both teams, with each rink matching one another end-for-end until Cotter managed to steal one in the sixth. Joanisse bounced back by blanking the seventh, getting a deuce in the eighth and limiting Cotter to a single in the ninth to ensure that they trailed by just one going into the tenth.

Royal City Curling Club’s Team Joanisse was only able to record a single in the final end of regular play to level the score at 6-6 and force an extra end. With the last rock of the Championship, Cotter made a draw to the four-foot to secure his team’s spot at the Brier.

Speaking after the medal ceremony, Cotter said: “I’m super proud to have done this at my home club”, adding that “it means a lot to go to the Brier; it’s always a great feeling.”

Cotter will be hoping to go one step further at this year’s Brier after he, Griffith and Sawatsky took home silver at last year’s event when they played alongside John Morris.

The final was the third game that two-time BC Men’s champion Dean Joanisse, and his team of third Paul Cseke, second Jay Wakefield and lead John Cullen, had played against Cotter during the Championship.  Team Cotter won the first match-up 10-9 but Team Joanisse secured an 8-5 victory in the 1v2 game of the page playoff on Saturday.

Team Cotter will now represent BC in the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier, which takes place in Calgary from February 28 to March 8, 2015.

It will be the first time that Kuhn has competed at a Brier but the rest of the team already have several purple hearts between them as Sawatsky and Cotter have both now won the BC Men’s title five times whilst this is Griffith’s third crown.

They will be accompanied on their trip to Calgary by fifth Grant Olsen, who curls out of Kamloops Curling Club, and coach Pat Ryan who won the world title in 1994.

For results of all the results from the whole 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Championship , visit www.playdowns.com/curlbc .

Extra-end victory keeps Cotter’s title dreams alive

Defending champion Jim Cotter remains on-track to retain his Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s crown after defeating Team Pierce in a dramatic extra end semi-final.

The Vernon skip booked his place in the final when he made a draw to the four-foot to secure a 7-6 victory over Pierce who was a world champion in 2000.

Pierce had twice stolen in the game and was in a strong position going into the 10th end as he had hammer and trailed by just one but Cotter limited him to a single forcing the extra end.

With the Vernon Curling Club home crowd cheering him on, the four-time  BC Men’s champion showed his experience as he calmly delivered his winning stone to make today’s final.

The rink of Cotter, third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffith and lead Rick Sawatsky, will now face Royal City Curling Club’s Team Joanisse who beat them yesterday.

Two-time BC Men’s champion Dean Joanisse secured a spot in the final when he defeated Cotter 8-5 in the 1v2 play-off on Saturday.

The team of Joanisse, third Paul Cseke, second Jay Wakefield and lead John Cullen, had lost to Cotter earlier in the Championship but bounced back in the playoff to qualify automatically for the final.

The 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Championship final will be televised live on Sportsnet Pacific from 12.30pm today.

The team who take the title will go on to represent BC  in the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier, which takes place in Calgary from February 28 to March 8, 2015.

Visit http://cdimens2015.curlbc.ca/ for team information, or to view the event schedule and draw format.

For results of all the draws leading up to the  final, visit www.playdowns.com/curlbc .

Joanisse overcomes Cotter in battle of the past champions

Two-time BC Men’s champion, Dean Joanisse will contend another title tomorrow after defeating 2014 Brier runner-up Jim Cotter.

Cotter was unbeaten coming into their Championship play-off game and made a strong start when he opened with a three-ender but Joanisse managed to steadily build a lead stealing singles in the third, fourth and ninth e on his way to an 8-5 win that secured his place in the final of the Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Championship, presented by White Owl Whisky.

Joanisse, who was Canadian Junior Champion in 1989 and held the BC Men’s title in 2001 and 2007, had lost in the 10th end to Cotter earlier in the week but ensured that today provided a different outcome.

Speaking about the game, Joanisse said: “We felt very good at the end of the ninth. To be up three without hammer is a very good situation, it’s exactly what you want.”

Playing together for the first year, Joanisse and his team of third Paul Cseke, second Jay Wakefield and lead John Cullen, defeated several former champions en-route to the final – including Sean Geall, Brent Pierce and two members of Team Dezura.

The defending champions and last year’s Brier silver medallists Team Cotter, which includes third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffith and lead Rick Sawatsky, had come into the event as the favourites but they now have to win tonight’s semi-final if they want another shot at the title.

In the semi-final they will face former World Champion Pierce who kept his dream of a fourth BC crown alive when he defeated Team Longworth in today’s 3 v 4 play-off game.

Longworth, who plays out of Vernon Curling Club which is hosting the Championship, had the support of the crowd behind him but it was enough.

Pierce, and his team of third Jeff Richard, second Tyler Orme and lead David Harper, stole two deuces on their way to a 9-6 victory.

Tonight’s semi-final will be televised lived on Sportsnet Pacific at 7pm and tomorrow’s final will  be aired from 12.30pm.

The BC Men’s Champion will go on to compete in the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier, which takes place in Calgary from February 28 to March 8, 2015.

Visit http://cdimens2015.curlbc.ca/ for team information, or to view the event schedule and draw format.

For results of all the draws leading up to the playoffs, visit www.playdowns.com and click on the Curl BC tab.

Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship starts tomorrow

 This week the top 16 men’s curling  teams in the province will battle it out to be crowned the best in BC.

Tomorrow the 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship will get underway at Vernon Curling Club.

The field represents all corners of the province and includes defending champions and Canadian silver medallists Team Cotter, as well as 2000 World Champion Brent Pierce and many other former provincial champions.

Lining up alongside Team Cotter, who play out of Vernon Curling Club and Kelowna Curling Club, will be a diverse group of competitors that includes veterans of the event as well as teams who are making their debut.

The 2014 runners-up, Team Montgomery will be hoping to go one step further this year. The team from Duncan are joined at the Championship by fellow Islanders  Team Dangerfield, Team Baier and Team Craig who all play out of Victoria Curling Centre.

The local curling fans will be able to cheer on the home rink of Team Longworth which includes the father and son duo of skip Mark and third Michael.

Kelowna’s Team Pierce will be hoping to recreate past successes that have seen skip Brent crowned World Champion and third Jeff Richard and second Tyler Orme win the 2010 BC Men’s title.

The lower mainland will be well-represented as six teams based there will be competing in the event including Team Geall which contains two member of the 2009 BC Men’s Championship winning team. They will be joined by fellow Royal City Curling Club rink Team Joanisse which contains three former Canadian Junior Champions including skip Dean who also won the 2001 and 2007 BC Men’s title. Another Royal City rink is Team McArdle which includes three provincial junior champions.

Golden Ears Winter Club will be represented by Team Dezura. Skip Grant Dezura’s team is full of experience with all of the members having previously won silver or gold at the BC Men’s Championship.

Reigning Canadian Gay Curling Champion Stephen Schneider, from Vancouver Curling Club, and his team will make their debut at the event. Another team competing  for the first time is Team Wenzek who are the youngest team in the event and play out of Royal City Curling Club, Victoria Curling Centre  and Langley Curling Club.

Fellow debutants Team, Nelson will be representing Kamloops Curling Club alongside clubmates Team DeCap, a rink which contains former Mixed and Junior provincial champions.

Rounding out the field will be Kimberley Curling Club’s Team Buchy who are an experienced rink that includes curlers that have won provincial titles in both the Mixed and Junior events.

The top three teams will be featured on live Sportsnet broadcasts of the semi-final at 7pm on February 7 and the final which will air at 12.30pm on February 8. Visit http://www.curlbc.ca/communications/tv-schedules/ for the broadcast schedule.

The 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship, presented by White Owl Whisky, will take place at the Vernon Curling Club from February 3-8 with the first draw beginning at 9am on Wednesday, February 4.

The winner will go on to compete in the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier, which takes place in Calgary from February 28 to March 8, 2015.

Visit http://cdimens2015.curlbc.ca/ for team information, or to view the event schedule and draw format.

Single draw tickets for the event start at just $5, with weekend passes selling for $25 and the full event pass going for just $35. Visit http://cdimens2015.curlbc.ca/tickets/ to purchase tickets.

For results of all the draws leading up to the playoffs, visit www.playdowns.com and click on the Curl BC tab.

Team Brown takes bronze

The 2013 national champions, Team Brown, were unable to regain their title but they did come away from the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships with bronze.

The rink from Kamloops Curling Club had an unbeaten 6-0 run through the pool stages before securing a spot in the semi-final against Ontario.

The semi-final, which took place on Saturday, was a close-fought affair for much of it with the teams exchanging singles over the first few ends. Ontario secured the win when they achieved back-to-back three-enders in the eighth and the ninth.

Skip Corryn and her team of third Erin Pincott, second Samantha Fisher and lead Sydney Fraser were hoping to repeat the success they had in 2013 when they won the Canadian title but it was the 2014 champion, Kelsey Rocque of Alberta, who reclaimed the crown. Rocque beat Ontario’s Team Brandwood 8-2 in the Women’s final.

With the win Rocque, third Danielle Schmiemann, second Holly Jamieson and lead Jessica Iles will go on to represent Canada at the World Junior Curling Championships, which begin Feb. 28 in Tallinn, Estonia.

Two members of the B.C. team were recognized for their great results throughout the competition.

Pincott and Fraser were named to the Second All-Star Team for having the best percentages in the competition with 76 and 79 percent respectively.

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.

The Victoria rink of skip Paul Henderson, and his team of third Duncan Silversides, second Benton Boychuk-Chorney and lead Jacob Zorn, finished seventh overall.

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