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Stu Harris team narrowly wins Tour Championship

For a brief moment on Sunday evening at the Cloverdale Curling Club it appeared that Steve Wright had become a winner of the Region 11 Men’s Bonspiel Tour Championship for a third time. Needing to make a run-back double on the final rock of an extra-end championship final against Cloverdale’s Stu Harris, the Royal City skip successfully made the run-back to get both rocks moving.

But Wright had hit Harris’s guarded shot rock by the button just fractionally too thin and it jammed on a WHarris team R11 winnersright rock behind it. Even if it had hit the rock behind and rolled out, Wright would have won with another rock in top house.

Earlier in the extra end, third Dean Lunn made the draw around a centre guard to the button area that set up the victory. But Lunn came deep on his second rock into the top four after Wright’s  third, Terry Miller, peeled the centre guard. Miller then narrowly missed the short double that likely would have given them victory, leaving the shot rock there for Harris to guard twice.

As early as the fourth end, Wright was looking to be a good bet to win the game. Harris was heavy on his last rock draw in the third end to give Wright a steal of one and a 2-0 lead.

On his first skip rock in the fourth end, Harris was looking at a cluster of four Wright rocks guarded in the four-foot. He made probably the shot of the game when he ran one of his own guards at an angle into the pile, doubling off two of Wright’s rocks and sticking the run-in rock in front of another in the four-foot. After Wright guarded his outturn draw to the button, Harris got there with a well-played inturn angle tap against two to stay alive, down 2-1.

Harris looked to be in serious trouble again in the fifth end, after playing aggressively without last rock and leaving Wright counting three for most of the end. Wright’s first skip rock was a takeout that jammed the Harris rock and left it laying shot rather than Wright laying three.

Harris returned the favour when his last rock draw to lie two rubbed another rock and set up a double for Wright to score three. But Wright missed the hit completely and Harris dodged another bullet to steal two and take a 3-2 lead.

Wright got his mojo back in the sixth, scoring two for a 4-3 lead, set up by a hit and roll behind cover from his second Cam Johnston.

The seventh was blanked and, with hammer in the eighth end, Harris was looking for two points to win. Early on a cluster of rocks in the top eight and top 12 set up some scoring opportunities for both teams. On last rock, Harris had to draw away from centre to the eight-foot to score one and send the game into overtime.

The Championship was a 14 team event which saw the rinks divided into two pools of seven, with each pool playing a double knockout and the top two teams qualifying for the semi-finals.

Harris won the A qualifier in the A pool over Don Chaloner, also from Cloverdale. Wright was also in the A pool, but never faced Harris, and won the B qualifier against Chaloner.

In the B pool, Marpole’s Will House won the A qualifier against Royal City’s Arlen Bonesky who dropped into the B qualifier where he lost to Don Frycz, the 2013 Tour Championship winner from Delta Thistle CC.

Harris won a tight semi-final against Frycz. He was leading 6-5 without last rock in the eighth end when Frycz made a tap up on his last rock to put a rock by the button. Harris had to follow up with a run in of his own guard to score two and win 7-6.

Wright had an easier time against House in the other semi-final, stealing two in both the fifth and sixth ends to lead 5-1. House came back with two in the seventh, but was run out of rocks in the eighth which gave Wright the 5-3 win.


Change in format for next year

Next year’s Region 11 Men’s Tour Championship will include 12 teams in the field, playing under a different format from what has been used since the first event in 2009. The changes were made following a discussion with the teams during Saturday’s luncheon.

Instead of having the field divided into two pools there will now be three pools of four teams each. As well, rather than a double knockout to qualify four teams for the playoffs, teams in each pool will play a round robin to qualify six teams in total for the playoffs. Two of the pool round robin winners will earn a berth in the semi-finals and the other four teams will be seeded into the quarter finals.




Team Jenkins takes bronze at Canadian Senior Championships

Olympian Sandra Jenkins has added another medal to her trophy cabinet after winning bronze at the 2015 Canadian Senior Curling Championships.

Jenkins, and her team of third Kate Horne, second Wendy Cseke and lead Carol Murray, claimed the bronze medal by stealing a single in the final end of their 7-6 victory against Saskatchewan on Saturday.

The Salmon Arm rink won the game after bouncing back from an extra end defeat to six-time Scotties champion Colleen Jones in the 2v3 game.

Speaking after the Championships, Jenkins said: “I am very happy with our performance at the event. We started a little slow with the difficult ice conditions and definitely became more comfortable as the week went on.

“It was very disappointing to lose the semi final as it was within reach. But we were determined to go home with a medal. We quickly regrouped with our awesome coach Daryl Horne and he got us in the right state of mind for the bronze medal game.”

Jenkins had beaten Jones earlier in the week but could not repeat the feat as a seventh end steal by the Nova Scotians helped them secure a 5-4 win, and a place in the final.

After conceding the first two games of their national campaign, the BC women had a strong run of five wins which saw them progress to the Championship pool and hand the previously unbeaten Saskatchewan their first defeat.

Team Jenkins’s final Championship pool game was against Northern Ontario who they were tied with. It was a crucial game with a place in the playoffs the prize for whoever won. The BC women triumphed and, due to results in other games, were seeded second for the knock-out stages where they lost to Jones.

In the Men’s event, BC’s Team Craig made the Championship pool but was unable to progress to the playoffs.

The Victoria team of skip Wes Craig, third Scott MacDonald, second Tony Anslow and lead Lindsay Cheetham, secured wins over PEI, Nunavut, Newfoundland and Labrador and Saskatchewan during the competition.

The women’s event was won by Alberta’s Team Loblaw and the Men’s title was taken by Manitoba’s Team Neufeld.

Apply now for a $5,000 Sandra Schmirler scholarship

If you’re a competitive junior curler who is graduating from high school or pursuing post-secondary education then you could be eligible for a Spirit of Sandra Scholarship.

For the third year running, the Sandra Schmirler Foundation is offering six $5,000 scholarships to competitive junior curlers who are balancing their studies with their curling careers.

As well as receiving funding to help with the costs of their education and curling, the recipients will once again be mentored by world champion curlers Jon Mead and Cathy Overton-Clapham.

The scholarships are funded through crowd sweeps at event such as the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, 50/50s and Sandra Schmirler Day breakfasts which are held at curling clubs across the country. These events also help raise money for neonatal care for premature and critically ill newborn babies across Canada.

One of the 2014 Spirit of Sandra Scholars was 2013 Canadian Junior champion and reigning BC Junior Women’s champion Corryn Brown.

Speaking about the Scholarship, Corryn said: “This scholarship puts you in touch with several great curlers from across the country as well as great mentors. I am extremely honoured to be associated with this foundation as it carries on a legacy of an amazing curler as well as helps babies in need.

The main benefit of the Scholarship is the financial support as it provides ease of mind for how you will cover the costs of curling and tuition. I believe every junior curler should apply for this scholarship to have an opportunity to work with this incredible foundation.”

Following feedback from previous recipients, the Foundation has reduced the course load requirement to three courses and made it easier for the Scholars to organize their fundraising event.

The deadline to apply for a Scholarship is May 1, 2015.

All of the details about the scholarships are available on the Sandra Schmirler Foundation’s website.

Team Joanisse is crowned BC Mixed champion

The lower mainland’s Team Joanisse  will represent BC at nationals after they defeated Kimberley’s Tom Buchy 5-2 in the final of the 2015 AMJ Campbell BC Mixed Championship in Kelowna.

The rink, who curl out of Royal City, Golden Ears Winter Club and Vernon, is unbeaten since they formed in February, having won every game they’ve played at both playdowns and in the BC Championship.

Skip Dean Joanisse, and his team of third Shannon Aleksic, second Tyler Orme and lead Kelsey Steiger took an early lead in the final when they opened with a three-ender. They then forced Buchy to blank the second end, before stealing one in the third.

Tom Buchy, and third Lori Buchy, second Dave Toffolo and lead Robyn Toffolo, recorded singles in the fifth and seventh end but had to concede in the eighth after running out of rocks. The Kimberley team had previously won the Championship in 2006, 2010 and 2012.

Three members of Team Joanisse had already come close to clinching provincial titles this year as Joanisse was runner-up at the BC Men’s Championships, whilst Orme took bronze at the same event and Aleksic was a BC Scotties bronze medallist.

Speaking after their win, Aleksic said: “It’s always a thrill and honour to represent your province at a national championship. It is all the more special because I have achieved this with my fiancé (Joanisse) and two great friends. We look forward to trying to do BC proud.”

The Buchy rink had secured their place in the final by beating Chilliwack’s Team Freeman 4-3 earlier in the day. The bronze medal winning team consists of skip Mike Freeman, third Kim McLandress, second Mike Arden and lead Victoria Murphy.

The eight-team field at this year’s Championships was a particularly strong one which included five skips who had already won silver medals this year, as well as several past provincial champions.

Team Joanisse will now go on to represent BC at the Canadian Mixed Championship which takes place at The Weston Club in Toronto from November 7-14.

All of the scores from the 2015 AMJ Campbell Van Lines BC Mixed Championship, which was held at Kelowna Curling Club from March 19-22, can be found here.

Nominate your BC curling stars now!

Whether it’s a coach who has given up every weekend to help a team improve, a volunteer who you can always count on, or a curler who has inspired others to take up the sport; the stars of BC’s curling community deserve recognition. Paul Tardi

The Curl BC Annual Awards are a celebration of the people, clubs and sponsors that help our sport thrive but, in order to reward their contributions, we need your help. If you know a person or organization whose hard work should be recognized, visit the Awards page of our website to find out how you can nominate. This year we have simplified the nomination process so it is now easier than ever to highlight the dedication of others.

The award categories are quite wide ranging and include Team of the Year, Official of the Year, Long Service Volunteer and Curling Centre of the year.

The awards will be presented on the evening of Saturday, May 30, during the Business of Curling Symposium. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, April 30.

BC curlers have final shot at 2015 provincial title

Some of BC’s best curlers will battle it out in Kelowna this week as they try to win the last remaining provincial title of the season.

Silver medallists from the BC Men’s, Women’s, Senior Men’s and Junior Men’s Championships will all be hoping to go one better and take gold when they compete at the 2015 AMJ Campbell Van Lines BC Mixed Championship.

The eight-team field for the event, which is taking place in Kelowna from March 19 – 22, includes teams from across the province.

Dean Joanisse, who was runner-up at the 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Championship, will skip a team which includes two other provincial medallists. Joanisse won the A-event at the lower mainland playdowns alongside third Shannon Aleksic and second Tyler Orme, who both took bronze in this year’s provincials, and lead Kelsey Steiger.

Joanisse will be joined at the Championship by fellow BC Men’s silver medallist Paul Cseke whose team won the B-event. The rink consists of skip Cseke, third Kristen Recksiedler who was a 2015 BC Scotties bronze medallist, second Will Sutton and lead Trysta Vandale.

The strong field also includes two former champions. The Buchy rink, who has won the event on three occasions, will be hoping to regain the title that they last won in 2012. The team of skip Tom Buchy, third Lori Buchy, second Dave Toffolo and lead Robyn Toffolo all curl out of Kimberley.

Two members of the last year’s winning team, who narrowly missed out on a medal at nationals, will be returning as Team Wark. The 2015 BC Scotties silver medal winning skip, Sarah Wark and her third Miles Craig will look to defend their title alongside new teammates second Carley St Blaze and lead Cameron de Jong. The team curl out of Kerry Park Curling Club.

Two other teams in the Championship are also skipped by provincial runners-up. BC Senior Men’s silver medallist Mike Freeman will head-up a team from Chilliwack Curling Club of third Kim McLandress, second Mike Arden and lead Victoria Murphy. They will be joined by Cody Tanaka, the BC Junior Men’s runner-up, and his Tunnel Town rink of third Katie Sim, second Brian Cole and lead Chantel Kosmynka.

The final two rinks in the field will be Team Douglas and Team Groundwater who both qualified automatically. Team Douglas is skipped by Ron Douglas, with Alyssa Kyllo at third, John Slattery at second and Kim Slattery as lead and they curl out of Kamloops Curling Club. Team Groundwater, who is from Williams Lake Curling Club, consists of skip Simone Groundwater, third Ryan Bailey, second Laura Ball and lead Robert Gudbranson.

The 2015 AMJ Campbell Van Lines BC Mixed Championship will be held at Kelowna Curling Club from March 19-22. Entry to the event is free and you can find out more information, including biographies of the team and the draw, on the Club’s website.

Live scores from the event will be posted online at Playdowns.com.

The winners of the event will go on to represent BC at the Canadian Championship which takes place later this year.

BC teenagers make playoffs at Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials

Despite being the youngest curlers in the competition, the BC team of Tyler Tardi and Dezaray Hawes made quite an impact at the 2015 Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials this weekend.

The pair, who are from Surrey and Anmore, were one of only three provincial teams to make the playoff stage before eventually losing to multiple World Champion Glenn Howard and his daughter Carly.

Tardi and Hawes, who are aged 16 and 18 respectively, did not have an ideal start to the trials as they lost their first two games. They quickly bounced back to win four in a row including victories against PEI’s Brier skip Adam Casey and the 2014 champions Kim and Wayne Tuck.

Despite conceding their final pool game against Quebec, Tardi and Hawes secured second in Pool B to set up the playoff game against the Howard rink which they lost 4-8.

It was the second year that the youngsters, who won the provincial title in February, had represented BC at the Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials. When they first competed at the event in 2013 they did not progress out of their pool, so this year’s top 12 ranking was an improvement.

It has been a busy season for the pair as they both competed at the Canada Winter Games last month where Tardi skipped his team to a bronze medal, and Hawes was also silver medallist at the 2015 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships.

Former champions regain their BC Masters titles

The 2015 BC Masters Curling Championship titles were won by two past champions as experience proved to be the key to success.

Ralph Will, the defending champion, once again led his team to victory as they took gold in the Men’s event. On the Women’s side it was Karen Lepine, the winning skip in 2013, who topped the podium at Nanaimo Curling Club.

Team Will, who curls out of Cranbrook, secured their second provincial crown by defeating Team Marshall 7-5. The team, of skip Ralph (lead rocks), throwing fourth Gerald Kent, third rocks Peter Sweetman and second rocks Laddie Pavlis, had a strong week building a 7-1 record in the Championship.

Chilliwack skip Doug Marshall, and his team of third Russ Knutson, second Vic Miller and lead Howard Grisack, put up a stern fight but a three-ender in the seventh by Team Will was enough to secure the title.

Team Lepine, who plays out of Langley and Cloverdale, were decisive in their 11-3 victory against Team Gallaway. The rink, which consists of skip Karen Lepine, third Susan Beuk, second Agnes Sigurdson and lead Donna Christian, won the game with a draw for two in the seventh end.

Comox Valley skip Sandra Gallaway, and her team of third Mary Holden, second Mary Ellen Werner and lead Elaine Starchuk, had beaten Lepine in the round robin stages earlier in the week but were unable to repeat the feat in the final.

The bronze medals were won by Team Watson, who plays out of Vancouver Curling Club, and Royal City’s Team Smiley.

The two gold medal winning teams will now travel to Whitehorse in Yukon to represent BC in the Canadian Masters Curling from March 29 – April 5. You can keep up-to-date with all the news from the Canadian Championships on the event website. 

You can read all of the results at www.playdowns.com/curlbc.

Lower mainland teams take 2015 BC Juvenile Championship titles

Two teams from the lower mainland will represent BC at nationals in Edmonton after being crowned the 2015 Tim Hortons BC Juvenile Champions.

Team McCrady, which curls out of Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster, won the Boys’ title in a dramatic final which included two extra ends.

The Girls’ event was won by Team Drexel who was unbeaten throughout the entire event. The rink includes curlers from Cloverdale, Peace Arch and Coquitlam.

Skip Matthew McCrady, and his team of third Zac Curtis, second Liam Purgavie and lead Jacob Umbach, bounced back from a defeat to Team Horvath earlier in the week to beat them 5-4 in the final.

The Boys’ final had the crowds in Lake Cowichan gripped after McCrady scored a deuce in the eighth to force an extra end. Horvath’s team of skip Alex, third Ryan Cassidy, second Evan Scott-Moncrieff and lead Alex Stoyles, then blanked the ninth before McCrady stole a single in the final end to punch their ticket to nationals.

Speaking after the final, Team McCrady’s coach Will Sutton said: “Despite losing earlier in the week, the boys were feeling pretty good before the final. They are very excited about going to nationals; they’re still a little bit in shock but are looking forward to it.”

Even though they topped their qualification pool, Team Drexel faced a tough fight to make it into the Girls’ gold medal game. In their semi-final the rink of skip Heather Drexel, third Sarah Loken, second Bailey Burke, lead Catera Park and fifth Kylie Karoway, were forced to play an extra end after their opposition stole two in the eighth.

The final was a more straight forward game as Drexel defeated Prince George’s Team Withey 8-2 to claim the gold.

The silver medal winning skip Jessie Withey, and her team of third Carly Conner, second Hannah Lindner and lead Carsyn Hamilton, also had an exciting semi-final in which they came back from 5-1 down to win 7-6.

Drexel and McCrady will now go on to Edmonton to represent the province at the Optimist U18 International Juvenile Curling Championships from April 1-5.

The bronze medals in both the Girls’ and Boys’ events were won by teams from Vernon. On the Boys’ side the medal went to Team Love which is made up of skip Thomas Love, third Erik Colwell, second Brendan Chapple and lead Johnathan Schwartz. In the Girls’ event it was won by Team Schmidt which consists of skip Clare Schmidt, third Jaelyn Cotter, second Winter Harvey and lead Cassidy Schwaerzle.

To view results from the whole event, visit www.playdowns.com/curlbc.

2015 Tim Hortons BC Juvenile Curling Championships about to start

Cowichan Lake will host the province’s curling stars of the future from March 5-8 when the 2015 Tim Hortons BC Juvenile Curling Championships get underway.

Eight boy’s and eight girl’s teams from across BC qualified through regional playdowns and will now compete to be crowned the best in BC. The winners will go on to represent the province at the Optimist U18 International Juvenile Curling Championships in Edmonton from April 1 -5.

The event offers the chance to see some of the province’s finest young curlers compete including the 2014 BC Winter Games champions Team Carpenter and Jaelyn Cotter, the daughter of Jim Cotter who is currently representing BC at the Brier.

Previous BC Juvenile Champions include Sarah Daniels, who is currently skipping Team BC at the Canada Winter Games, Team Brown who won the 2013 Canadian Junior title and several BC Scotties and Men’s Championship competitors.

The Chair of the event host committee, Linda Blatchford, said: “Cowichan Lake Recreation, in partnership with the Cowichan Rocks Curling Club, is excited to welcome BC’s best young curlers to our facility and to the Cowichan Lake area.

“We hope that curlers enjoy their 2015 Tim Hortons BC Juveniles Curling Championship experience and that they leave our community with lasting good memories. We encourage curling fans to join us as spectators in the hopes that they may see a future Brier or Scotties star!”

Spectator entry to the event is free and there will be copies of the draw schedule available, as well as programs for sale.

The event, which sees the teams divided into two pools, runs from Thursday, March 5 until Sunday, March 8. The semi-finals will take place at 4.30pm on Saturday and the finals will be at 11am on Sunday. To follow the results online, visit www.playdowns.com/curlbc

For more information, visit the Cowichan Rocks website http://www.cvrd.bc.ca/index.aspx?NID=404

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