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Junior points race heats up and open playdown registration looms

The battle for berths to the 2018 Boston Pizza BC Junior Curling Championships is heating up.

With only a few days left on the BC Junior Tour, teams will soon find out if they are among the four teams of each gender to qualify based on points from the tour.

A tour event planned for Kimberley Nov. 3-5 had to be cancelled due to lack of entries, so the final event will be held at Esquimalt Curling Club this weekend (Nov. 11-13).

The Esquimalt Optimist Junior Cashspiel will be the last event during which U21 teams can earn points towards winning a spot at provincials. Teams should note that even if they win their berth through points, they will still have to register and pay to play in the BC championships. Teams are asked to register at https://www.curlbc.ca/curlers/competitive/junior/.

The 2018 Boston Pizza BC Junior Curling Championships take place at Langley Curling Centre from Dec. 18-23.

On the Junior Men’s side, current points put teams Tardi, McCrady, Monette and Silva in line for berths, with Team Ballard not far behind.

On the Junior Women’s side, current points put teams Daniels, Reese-Hansen, Fisher and McGillivray in the top four.

Teams that do not earn berths through the tour still have two opportunities to earn berths.

An open playdown will take place at Osoyoos International Curling Club Nov. 24-26, followed by a second open playdown at Gibsons Curling Club Dec. 1-4. The deadline for the Osoyoos event is Nov. 13.

Congratulations to Team Tardi and Team Daniels for winning the Parksville and Royal City tour events. Team McCrady was the top BC team in two events, finishing runners-up in Abbotsford, an event won by an American team and at the Rick Cotter Memorial Cashspiel in Vernon, finishing runners-up behind an Alberta team.

Team Reese-Hansen was also the top BC team at the Rick Cotter Memorial Cashspiel, also finishing behind an Alberta team.

Teams from across the province are invited to enter the open playdowns by registering at https://www.curlbc.ca/curlers/competitive/junior/.

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