Final Mixed Doubles teams qualify
The final two Mixed Doubles teams have booked their ticket to the BC Championship in Hope and now the field is complete.
The 2020 BC Mixed Doubles Curling Championship takes place at Hope Curling Club from Feb. 25 to Mar. 1, 2020.
The fast-paced version of the game features one male and one female curler and the game is played over eight ends (instead of the usual 10). Mixed Doubles curling debuted at the Pyeongchang Olympics and is due to be in Beijing in 2022.
The BC championship in Hope will be a 16-team competition. Playdowns over this past weekend in Hope saw the final two teams qualify, with 14 berths determined at earlier regional playdowns.
A local team from Hope made up of Debbie McKinney and Terry Foord took the first berth. The other team to qualify was the Victoria Curling Club team of Sasha Wilson and Duncan Silversides.
In this format 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.
The winner of this event will go on to represent BC at the national mixed doubles competition.
BC curlers Tyler Tardi and Dezaray Hawes have already qualified for nationals through the Curling Canada NextGen Mixed Doubles event that took place at the Canada Cup in Leduc, Alberta, during the last week of November.
The Canada Inns Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship will take place in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba from Mar. 17-22, 2020.
Full rosters of teams:
Team Jensen/Deane – Tunnel Town
Team DenToom/Merchant – Vancouver Curling Club
Team Prinse/Gamache – Chilliwack/GEWC
Team Ward/Gallaugher – Royal City
Team Woo/Wenzek – Royal City
Team Pohlod/Prade – Delta Thistle
Coach: Gregory Pohlod
Team Geiger – Abbotsford
Team Little/Small – Nelson
Team Everest/Cseke – Kelowna
Team Sandwith/de Jong – Victoria
Cameron de Jong
Team Jackson-Baier/Chester – Victoria
Steph Jackson Baier
Team Wilson/Cowan – Victoria/Tunnel Town/Delta
Team King Simpson/Croteau – Victoria/Campbell River
Karly King Simpson
Team Czirfusz/Cheung – Prince George
Coach: Doug Dalziel
Team McKinney/Foord – Hope
Team Wilson/Silversides – Victoria