The full line-up for the 2015 Tim Hortons B.C. Junior Curling Championships has been decided.
Eight junior men’s and eight junior women’s teams have now qualified for the provincial event set for the Parksville Curling Club December 28, 2014 to January 3, with the finals being televised on Sportsnet in January.
On the junior men’s side, Team Tanaka will be returning to the championships after defeating Team Horvath — a foursome which contained two 2014 gold medalists — in the A Event.
The team, who represent the Abbotsford Curling Club, is skipped by Cody Tanaka and include Kyle Habkirk (third), Travis Cameron (second) and Donny Mackintosh (lead).
The other teams include Team Henderson from the Victoria Curling Centre and fellow Island Team Croteau who curl at the Victoria Curling Centre and Juan de Fuca Curling Centre.
The other teams are Team Carpenter, from Royal City Curling Club, Team Bartlett, from the Grand Forks Curling Club and Invermere Curling Club, Team Loeppky of Prince Rupert Curling Club and two rinks from the Vernon Curling Club, Team Love and Team Schiman.
While there will be quite a few curlers making their championship debut on the men’s side, the junior women’s draw contains several familiar faces including members of all three medal winning teams from last year.
Team Daniels, who qualified in the Coastal A Event, is made up of three gold medalists from the 2014 Tim Hortons B.C. Junior Curling Championships. Skip Sarah Daniels, third Marika Van Osch and lead Megan Daniels will be hoping to repeat last year’s success alongside their new teammate, second Dezaray Hawes.
The 2013 champions, Team Brown, will also be competing after they qualified at the Okanagan playdown. The team from Kamloops Curling Club is skipped by Corryn Brown, with third Erin Pincott, second Samantha Fisher and lead Sydney Fraser. It is the same rink that won the national title two years ago and took silver at last year’s B.C. Junior Championships.
Shawna Jensen, who was a bronze medallist in 2014, will this year skip a team made up of curlers from three different locations — Powell River Curling Club, Juan de Fuca Curling Centre and Delta Thistle Curling Club.
Vancouver Island’s Team Coulombe, who represent Victoria Curling Club and Juan de Fuca Curling Centre, will also be competing at the Championships with skip Mariah Coulombe, third Bailey Tinkler, second Jordan Koster and lead Sydney Brilz.
The other teams are Team Zucchet, who represent Chilliwack Curling Club, Team Egan from the Coquitlam Curling Centre, Team Fisher, representing the Vernon Curling Centre and Team Connell from Prince George.
The results of Curl BC playdowns can be viewed at www.playdowns.com under the B.C. tab.
Admission to the championships is free. For information about the Parksville Curling Club, visit www.parksvillecurling.com.
— Submitted by Curl B.C.