Feature Story                                                                                           Thursday, January 2, 2013


A Stone's Throw Away 

Tim Horton's BC Junior Curling Championships draws the province's top players to Chilliwack

Staff/Voice photos


A Women's Junior team lines up a shot at the local Curling Rink last Saturday as the best in BC hit town. Below, Team de Jong show off their hardware.


he best junior curlers from around British Columbia converged in the city for the Tim Horton's BC Provincial Championships from December 26th to the 31st hosted by the Chilliwack Curling Club with eight Junior Men’s and eight Junior Women’s teams vying for the title.


The rink was buzzing with people taking stats, timing rocks and posting the results. Club manager Bruce Renwick, whose daughter Allie was playing on the Hawes team, was excited about the event


“The club has been hard at work and we are ready to put on a first-class event for the athletes. We are looking forward to a great show by the ‘Future Rock Stars of the Game’,” said Renwick in a release last week.


Junior Women’s teams included the Brown rink from Kamloops Curling Club, with Skip Corryn Brown, Third Erin Pincott, Second Samantha Fisher and Lead Sydney Fraser who were defending their BC title after winning gold at the M&M Meat Shops 2013 Canadian Juniors in Fort McMurray.


Host Committee Chair Wendi Prinse spoke with the Voice at the rink on Saturday.


According to Prinse, local teams didn't make it through the Playdown proceedings, adding they usually have more players than needed so a number of players were able to get in on the action from the spare pool.


"Gavin Woodfine had an opportunity to play with the Upperville team, unfortunately one of their players was sick, so we do have a couple of the girls and a couple of the fellows waiting in the wings for an opportunity to play," she said.


Team Van Osch and coach were all smiles after winning gold medals Tuesday.


SportsNet broadcast an exciting Women's final that went to an extra end between Team Van Osch from Nanaimo/Delta who won the title in 2012, against Team Brown from Kamloops who were defending their 2013 BC & 2013 Canadian National Champion titles. BC which went to an exciting finish with an extra end played.


The final results are as follows;


Gold Medalists

Team van Osch is our newly crowned BC Champion. Skip Kalia Van Osch, 3rd, Marika Van Osch, 2nd Sarah Daniels and lead Ashley Sanderson along with Coach Jim Newlands will be off to Liverpool, Nova Scotia for the Canadian Nationals later this month. Rounding out the team was 5th Megan Daniels and 2nd coach Ernie Daniels.

On the men’s side it was an early lead by Team de Jong from Victoria / Juan de Fuca playing against Team Tardi from Langley.

After taking 2 in the 6th end, some predicted the final game results. When the ice cleared, it was Gold for Team de Jong. Skip Cameron de Jong, 3rd Brook Calibaba, 2nd Ryan Cassidy and Lead Alex Horvath along with Coach Donald McMullen will join Team Van Osch at Canadian Nationals.

Silver Medalists
Team Brown – Skip Corynn Brown, 3rd Erin Pincott, 2nd Samantha Fisher, Lead Sydney Fraser and Coach Brian Fisher -- who promised to be back next year.

Team Tardi – Skip Tyler Tardi, 3rd Jordan Tardi, 2nd Nicholas Meister, lead Zachary Umbach and Coach Paul Tardi.

Bronze Medalists
Bronze Medalists were determined on the evening of December 30th after one tie breaker game in the afternoon for the women. Taking the medal for 3rd place women were Team Jensen of Victoria skipped by Shawna Jensen. Team mates 3rd Merit Thorson, 2nd Tatianna Simicic and lead Lauren Legan, coached by Judy McMartin.

On the men’s side it was Team Reid also hailing from the Victoria Curling Club. Skipped by Nolan Reid, 3rd Samjay Bowry, 2nd Calvin Heels and lead Byron Heels coached by Len Chilibeck.

Sportsmanship Awards
Sportsmanship awards were presented after the Bronze medals on Monday night.

Coaches receiving these were Len Chilibeck from Team Reid and Stacy Holtz, Team Egan of Coquitlam. Players were Sydney Hofer – Team Edwards of Vernon sharing the spotlight with Mariah Coulombe of Team Coulombe from Juan de Fuca Curling Club. Kasey O’Hara was the male winner from Team Umpherville of Beaver Valley.

For more statistics and information, visit www.playdown.ca


Interested in trying curling? Visit www.curlchilliwack.org


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