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Abbotsford hosts best men’s curlers in BC next week

BC’s best men’s curling teams will descend on Abbotsford next week with the 2017 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Fountain Tire, set to take place at Abbotsford Curling Club Feb. 8-12. [Read more…]

Team Austgarden win 2017 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship

It was a great weekend for Gerry Austgarden from Kelowna, who claimed his fifth BC Wheelchair Curling title. [Read more…]

Surrey and White Rock to host 2018 Canadian masters curling

Curl BC is pleased to announce that Surrey’s Cloverdale Curling Club and White Rock’s Peace Arch Curling Club have joined forces to host the 2018 National Masters Curling Championships from April 1-8. [Read more…]

Team Tardi win gold medal for BC on home soil

By Al Cameron, Curling Canada

A year removed from helping Canada’s mixed team capture gold at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics in Norway, Tyler Tardi and Sterling Middleton will take aim at another gold representing Canada when they head to the 2017 VoIP Defender World Junior Championships, Feb. 16-26 in Gangneung, South Korea.

The skip and vice-skip respectively for Team B.C. combined with second Jordan Tardi, lead Nick Meister and coach Paul Tardi to win the men’s gold medal on Sunday at the 2017 Canadian Junior Curling Championships, presented by Ambrosia Apples, beating Ontario’s Matthew Hall (Kitchener) 9-7 in a thoroughly entertaining final.

“I’m getting chills right now,” marvelled Tardi, whose team represented the Langley and Royal City (New Westminster) curling clubs. “There’s literally no words you can possibly say. It’s a dream I’ve always had, and it’s always seemed so distant. Now that it’s here, it’s just an unreal feeling. It’s pretty spectacular.”

The game turned in the later ends. Ontario — Hall was backed up by third Jeff Wanless, second Joey Hart, lead David Hart and coach Ray Bushfield — recovered from being down 4-1 at the fifth-end break by scoring two in the sixth end and adding a steal of two in the seventh to take the lead.

But Tyler Tardi, an 18-year-old student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, shut the comeback down emphatically, making a precision double-takeout with his final delivery of the eighth end to score four and take a three-point lead.

“I thought it was there for three, for sure,” said Tardi. “ I wasn’t sure if it would tick our own rock out. I was pretty happy with the result. We definitely needed a momentum swing since they’re really good when they get the momentum. So we really needed to take it back from them.”

Hall would come back with a deuce in the ninth, but Tardi made an open nose hit for the victory to prompt a loud celebration from the B.C. home crowd.

“We gave them everything we had and we have nothing to be ashamed about,” said Hall. “I’m so proud of my guys for the whole week; it was so amazing, and today we just came out on the wrong side of the inch. We had one bad break and couldn’t quite scramble back from it.”

It was B.C.’s fifth men’s gold medal at the Canadian Juniors, and first since Brad Kuhn prevailed in 2000 at Moncton, N.B.

Tardi and Middleton joined Nova Scotians Mary Fay and Karlee Burgess on Team Canada at the Youth Winter Olympics, and Middleton said that experience could help in the preparations for the World Juniors.

“I guess it gives us a slight advantage because we know what to expect, we know how we’ll be feeling (wearing the Maple Leaf), and we kind of know how to prepare,” said Middleton. “So if we can do a lot of the same stuff that we did in Norway, then I think we’ll do pretty good.”
For Paul Tardi, the chance to coach a Canadian champion was special — but doing it with his family made it even better.

“With both of my sons, it can’t be any more exciting than that,” he said. “Tyler’s had a lot of opportunities (with Junior Olympics), but to have my older son part of it to go to Junior Worlds, it’s just amazing.”

Earlier Sunday, Alberta’s Kristen Streifel (Edmonton) won the women’s gold medal with a 5-3 win over Ontario’s Hailey Armstrong (Ottawa).

Streifel, vice-skip Chantele Broderson, second Kate Goodhelpsen, lead Brenna Bilassy and coach Amanda-Dawn St. Laurent announced later that Burgess, who also won the World Junior Women’s title with Fay last season, will join the team in South Korea as an alternate.

The 2018 Canadian Junior Championships will take place in Shawinigan, Que.

Team BC shines on and off the ice at Canadian Juniors

By Al Cameron, Curling Canada

Tyler Tardi’s focus this week is on the ice at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, as he chases gold at the 2017 Canadian Junior Curling Championships, presented by Ambrosia Apples.

But the 18-year-old skip and his team from the Langley and Royal City (New Westminster) curling clubs are also aware of the big picture, and that curling can open a lot of doors in a lot of ways.

On Friday, for instance, Tardi and his team — vice-skip Sterling Middleton, second (and older brother) Jordan Tardi, lead Nick Meister and coach Paul Tardi (Tyler and Jordan’s dad) — paid a visit to nearby Craigflower Elementary School. A former teacher of the Tardi brothers, Michelle MacFarlane, is now the principal of the school, which is located on the traditional territories of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations and has a large indigenous population.

“We walked in and all the kids were waiting for us when we got there; they were all excited — ‘Oh, it’s Team B.C.,’ ” recalled Tardi on Monday, moments after a 5-4 win over Ontario’s Matthew Hall (2-1; Kitchener) that left B.C. still unbeaten at 3-0. “For a lot of them, it was their first exposure to curling. It’s nice to get the word out about our sport.”

Many of those kids returned the favour on Tuesday morning when they visited the Archie Browning Sports Centre to watch B.C. play Northern Ontario’s Tanner Horgan in a crucial round-robin game at 9 a.m. BC won that one, to improve to a 4-0 win-loss record.

“The kids are absolutely excited about coming to the game tomorrow,” said Craigflower vice-principal Jana Dick. “The B.C. team were great ambassadors; the kids loved them.”

That’s just an example of Team Tardi being not just great curlers (three-quarters of the team won bronze at the 2016 Canadian Juniors, while Tyler Tardi and Sterling Middleton joined with Nova Scotians Mary Fay and Karlee Burgess to win gold at the 2016 Youth Winter Olympics in Norway) but great citizens, too.

They’ve done fundraising work for both B.C. Children’s Hospital and the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, and both Tardi and Middleton won $1,000 scholarships from the Curling Canada Foundation. Tardi added a $5,000 Spirit of Sandra Scholarship from the Sandra Schmirler Foundation — all the result of combining curling prowess with academics and community leadership.

“It just feels good to give back,” said Tardi. “A lot of people give to us, and it’s always a good feeling to give right back.”

A year after taking bronze, the B.C. team arrived in Victoria with expectations, a situation it’s embracing.

“Well, we like the pressure, especially being the home-province team,” said Tardi. “And we really like playing with pressure; it feels good, it pumps us up, which we like. But I wouldn’t say there’s a big target; there are around six teams here who are pretty much even.”

In other men’s games Monday afternoon, Manitoba’s JT Ryan (Winnipeg) improved to 4-0 in his bid to make it five straight Canadian junior men’s titles for his home province, scoring three in the extra end for a 9-6 win over Quebec’s Vincent Roberge (0-4; Lévis); Northern Ontario’s Horgan foursome (3-1; Copper Cliff) broke the game open with a steal of three in the fifth end en route to a 12-4 win over Nunavut’s Arthur Siksik (0-3; Rankin Inlet); and New Brunswick’s Liam Marin (3-1; Saint John) rolled to a 9-3 win over Sawer Kaeser of the Northwest Territories (0-4; Fort Smith).

In women’s play, Team Brown from BC is 3-2 with Nunuvat to play this afternoon.

The full scoreboard can be viewed at http://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/

Team Mallett win the 2017 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship

The last time Marla Mallett won a BC Scotties title was in 2009 – with Diane Gushulak by her side, playing second on her team. [Read more…]

2017 BC Scotties final – Mallett vs Gushulak

The ice is pebbled and the players are ready – and now two BC women’s team will battle for the opportunity to represent the province at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women’s Curling Championship. [Read more…]

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Watch 2017 BC Scotties live on Shaw TV and Youtube

The playoff round of the 2017 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, is being broadcast across BC and across the nation. [Read more…]

2017 BC Scotties playoffs set to start

The playoff round of the 2017 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, is about to begin – but not until a tiebreaker determines which team has earned fourth place. [Read more…]

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