Locals can’t claim curling crowns
Three Prince George teams were aiming to collect curling medals on home ice.
Two female squads and one male team were unable to finish in the top three at the 2013 B.C. Juvenile Curling Championship, held on the weekend at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club.
One of the teams came close. The squad skipped by Diamond Wilson made it as far as the semifinals before losing a pair of games to settle for fourth. After finishing 3-0 in the round robin, Wilson lost 5-3 to Cierra Fisher of Kamloops. In the bronze-medal final on Sunday morning, Marika Van Osch of the Juan De Fuca Curling Club (Victoria) outscored Wilson 7-3. Wilson defeated Van Osch 5-2 during the round robin.
The Sarah Daniels-skipped team from the Delta Curling Club captured the title. Daniels defeated Fisher 9-7 in the gold-medal final. Daniels topped Pool B at 3-0 and finished 5-0 overall.
The Wilson team is rounded out by third Carly Connor, second Jessie Withey, lead Erin Ross and fifth Carsyn Hamilton. They’re coached by Doug Dalziel.
Also representing the host club on the eight-team girls side, the Alyssa Connell foursome finished 1-2. Their lone victory was an 8-7 triumph over Emily Smith of the Qualicum Curling Club.
Connell skipped a team with Jordan Henson at third, Jennilee Slaney at second and Julianne Slaney at lead. They’re coached by Wayne Colliss.
As for the boys’ side, the PGGCC team led by skip Dustin Withey ended up 1-2. They defeated Jay Ueda of the North Shore Curling Club (North Vancouver) 9-5 for their lone victory of the weekend.
In Sunday’s male championship draw, Brendan Cliff of Vernon won gold with a 7-5 victory over Brayden Carpenter of Royal City (New Westminister).
The Withey team is rounded out by third Brendan Carswell, second Coleton Vriesendorp and lead James Brown. Troy Withey guided them on the weekend.
Although the curling season is winding down, one major event lies ahead for the PGGCC. The 87th annual Kelly Cup men’s bonspiel is scheduled for March 28 to 31.