Team Tardi won their third event of the season (their second of the BC Junior Curling Tour) at the Rick Cotter Memorial at Vernon Curling Club this past weekend.
The final Junior Men’s draw was a rematch of the 2018 Boston Pizza BC Junior Men’s Curling Championship final. While Hayato Sato’s team of Dawson Ballard, Josh Miki and Troy Chong scored one point in the first end, Tyler Tardi’s team of Sterling Middleton, Matthew Hall and Alex Horvath was dominant, stealing eight points over the second, third and fourth ends to win the draw 8-1.
Team Marshall (Jackson Marshall, Mackenzie Ellis, Troy Cowan and Duncan Gallop) won the Junior Men’s Most Sportsmanlike Award.
In the Junior Women’s event, Taylor Reese-Hansen and her team of Catera Park, Jordan Koster and Sydney Brilz won their first event of the BC Junior Curling Tour. They met Everly Royea’s team of Tanis Short, Madeline Britz and Naomi Britz in the final. This was the second appearance in a final draw of the 2018-19 BC Junior Curling Tour for the two teams, who have both lost to Team Daniels in previous events.
Team Reese-Hansen took a strong lead, and was up 6-0 after five ends. Team Royea notched two points in the sixth end, but Team Reese-Hansen claimed the win with a final score of 7-2 after scoring one more point in the seventh end.
Team Reese-Hansen and Team Guidos (Bailey Eberherr, Lorelei Guidos, Jordan Henson and Hannah Lindner) both won the Junior Women’s Most Sportsmanlike Award.
“Our primary goal is for all the teams to have fun, plus walk away feeling like they are better teams on Sunday then they were prior to the event,” said event organizer Jim Cotter. “We had the most BC teams ever at 24, with 12 in each division. It seems like we are seeing an increase in the number of teams competing in BC, which is great news for BC curling.”
“The Vernon Curling Club and our family really enjoy putting on the event. We do our best to give it a championship type feel to best prepare the teams for provincial and national championships … [Rick Cotter’s] vision over 18 years ago was to provide a cashspiel with all the top teams in BC, plus trying to give away the biggest purse possible to help teams financially. We try to keep this vision alive.”
The next BC Junior Curling Tour event is the Optimist Junior Cashspiel at Esquimalt Curling Club from November 10 to 12.