Local boys qualify for curling’s juvenile provincials

Girls' team makes it to B final but dream falls a bit short

Juvenile curling zone playdowns in 100 Mile House on Jan. 12-13 saw the local girls' team with Hannah Lindner

Juvenile curling zone playdowns in 100 Mile House on Jan. 12-13 saw the local girls' team with Hannah Lindner

100 Mile House will have one boys’ team competing at the 2013 Tim Hortons BC Juveniles Curling Championships in March, but the girls’ team will have to wait for another time.

Zone playdowns were hosted at the 100 Mile Curling Club on Jan. 12-13, and while the local girls fought a valiant battle in a pool of four highly skilled teams, they missed out on one of two provincial berths.

The girls’ Connell rink and the Wilson rink, both from Prince George, move on to provincials slated for the Prince George Golf and Curling Club, March 7-10.

In the boys’ division, the 100 Mile House Nielsen rink won a spot at provincials by default and will be joined by a team from Prince George in representing Zone 8.

Those two teams played an exhibition game at zones, with a 10-7 win going to Prince George.

100 Mile boys’ team members are skip Mathew Nielsen, lead Michael Nielsen, second Christian Taylor, third Ethan Sikiric and spare Chance Bourassa.

Coach Maxine Todhunter was pleased with how the competition went.

“It was a great event with lots of spectators and lots of parents from Prince George and Williams Lake.”

The local girls’ team, skipped by 11-year-old Hannah Lindner, played three games, beginning with an 11-5 loss to the Connell rink. In the second draw against the Gudbranson rink from Williams Lake, the two teams were dead-locked in the last end and the decision came down to the last rock. 100 Mile had two rocks sitting in the house, but Gudbranson had the hammer. The Williams Lake skip missed her shot, giving 100 Mile the win.

The local girls went on to play the B final on Sunday, but lost 8-4 to the Wilson rink.

“The girls felt really good about the games, this being their first year in competition,” says Todhunter. “They treated us to some excellent and exciting curling.”

Other members of the local girls’ team are Elaine Hefer, Ashley Holyk and Madison Ariel.