Points race heats up during tour weekend

The race is on to secure the top spot on the BC Curling Tours, with all categories in the mix this weekend (Oct. 11-14).

The Abbotsford Driving Force Cashspiel will see the best men’s and women’s teams in BC, along with some international competition, compete for CTRS and BC Curling Tour points. The event gets underway at Abbotsford Curling Club from tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 11) to Sunday (Oct. 13). Several games will be livestreamed on the Curl BC YouTube Channel.

At the same time the Golden Ears Junior Cashspiel goes ahead at Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge. The best junior men’s and junior women’s teams will be in action vying for a the top spot on the BC Junior Curling Tour. The junior event runs from Saturday, Oct. 12 to Monday, Oct. 14. Scores will be updated on the World Curling Tour site.

The top teams on the tour will earn berths to the BC championships.

On the Women’s tour, Team Brown from Kamloops and Team Wark from Abbotsford are currently tied in the top spot. Team Thompson from Kamloops is placed in a close third, with Team Daniels from Delta Thistle not far behind.

On the Men’s tour, Team Cotter from Vernon is just edging out Team Tardi from Langley with 31.549 points compared with 31.137 points. Team Tardi heads to the Canada Inns Curling Classic in Portage Le Prairie this weekend, while Team Cotter will be in Abbotsford.

Team Sato tops the junior men’s rankings and Team Daniels’ junior team tops the junior women’s rankings.

The draw for the Abbotsford event can be seen on the Abbotsford Curling Club website at http://abbotsfordcurling.com/bonspiels-and-events/2019-abby-cashspiel/.

The livestream will be capturing Sheet 3.

Last year’s BC Curling Tour winners were Team Geall from Abbotsford (men’s), Team Brown from Kamloops (women’s), Team Tardi from Langley/Victoria (junior men’s) and Team Daniels from Delta (junior women’s).

The BC Curling Tours have been funded in part by a grant from viaSport BC and the Province of British Columbia.

In order to ensure that participating and prospective teams have easy access to information about the tours, a website was created specifically for the BC Curling Tours. This website (www.bccurlingtours.com) contains event information and a registration form. Standings are updated on the page after each event.

The next events on the men’s and women’s tours will be the Kamloops Crown of Curling from Oct. 25-27 and the Kelowna Sunset Ranch/Raymond James Double Cash Nov. 9-11. The men will also be in action in Penticton for the Ashley Home Store Classic from Nov. 22-25.

The junior tour continues in Vernon next weekend with the Rick Cotter Memorial Cashspiel, which will be streamed on the Curl BC YouTube channel. The event runs from Oct. 18-20. The Kamloops Junior Cashspiel is scheduled for Nov. 1 to 3. The Esquimalt Optimist Cashpiel is the last event on the junior tour and takes place Nov. 9-11.

Tour continues with stop in Vernon

The BC Curling Tours continue with Vernon the next stop.

The first two events have already wrapped up. The King Cash Spiel at Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge ran Sept. 13-15 and saw Team Ryan take the women’s title and Team Geall take the men’s title. The following weekend the Junior Tour kicked off with the Anita Cochrane Memorial Junior Classic at Royal City Curling Club. The winners of that event were Team Daniels on the Junior Women’s side and Team Sato for the Junior Men.

Streaming of some draws can be viewed on the Curl BC YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH-6-t0AKg_WVkjL6sQZtkw. Scores for all draws in all Tour events will also be available at www.worldcurl.com.

The next tour event is the Vernon Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic, October 3-6, 2019.

Maple Ridge hosts first stop for BC Curling Tours

The 2019-20 BC Curling Tours will kick off this weekend with the King Cash Spiel at Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge.

The BC Junior Curling Tour was launched in the 2015-16 season, and was joined by the BC Men’s Curling Tour and the BC Women’s Curling Tour last season.

The mission of these tours is to qualify teams directly to BC championships, increase the number of teams competing in BC, and create province-wide training and development opportunities for BC teams.

The King Cash Spiel goes ahead on Friday, September 13, and wraps up on Sunday, September 15. Both men’s and women’s teams will be in action.

The Junior Tour will launch the following weekend (September 20-22) at the Anita Cochrane Memorial Junior Cashspiel at Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster.

“We heard from curlers in BC that the BC Curling Tours were a valuable training ground for them,” said Curl BC Competitions Manager Will Sutton. “Together with our curling centre partners we are helping BC’s next generation of elite curlers to compete against each other and become teams that are more competitive at the national and world levels.”

Streaming of some draws of the King Cash and Anita Cochrane bonspiels will be available on the Curl BC YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH-6-t0AKg_WVkjL6sQZtkw. Scores for all draws in all Tour events will also be available at www.worldcurl.com.

The events on the tours are Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) point eligible, with the goal of attracting top BC and CTRS teams to compete. Tour events will be taking place around the province, from Vancouver Island to the Lower Mainland to the Okanagan.

Last year’s BC Curling Tour winners were Team Geall from Abbotsford (men’s), Team Brown from Kamloops (women’s), Team Tardi from Langley/Victoria (junior men’s) and Team Daniels from Delta (junior women’s).

The BC Curling Tours have been funded in part by a grant from viaSport BC and the Province of British Columbia.

In order to ensure that participating and prospective teams have easy access to information about the tours, a website was created specifically for the BC Curling Tours. This website (www.bccurlingtours.com) contains event information and a registration form. As the season progresses, the website will also include information on standings as well as team photos and rosters.

Registration is for the BC Curling Tours is still open. Interested teams can register here today: www.bccurlingtours.com

For more information, please contact Tour Coordinator Daniel Wenzek at juniortour@curlbc.ca

For media inquiries please contact Rebecca Connop Price at rconnopprice@curlbc.ca.

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