Team BC curlers continued their competition on Monday at Pidherney Curling Centre. Finishing off day two, the Women’s team struggled and fell to 0-3, while the Men’s team finds themselves sitting with a 2-1 record.
In the morning session today, both teams squared off with Nova Scotia in Draw 3 of the tournament. On the women’s side, Nova Scotia got off to a quick start against Team BC with a three-point first end. Nova Scotia kept the pressure on the women’s team of Gracelyn Richards (Courtenay), Keelie Duncan (Comox), Chanelle Meeres (Courtenay), and Bryn Woloshyn (Royston), stealing three points in the fourth end to jump to a 7–1 lead at the break. Both teams would add another two points each before Team BC conceded after the sixth end, losing the game 9–3.
“Tonight we are going to do some fun things just to kind of unwind and leave it behind us,” said Bryn Woloshyn when discussing what the team needs to do bounce back for tomorrow. “We’re going to try to have a good sleep tonight, go to bed a little earlier maybe, and make sure that we’re well rested and everything is behind us and we’re ready to play our next game.”
On the men’s side, the team of Hayato Sato (Coquitlam), Joshua Miki (Port Coquitlam), Dawson Ballard (Surrey), and Troy Chong (Burnaby) continued their strong performance at the Games. After a slow start where Nova Scotia took advantage and jumped to a 3–0 lead after two ends, Team BC rallied with four points over three consecutive ends. With Nova Scotia sitting two points back with the hammer in the eighth end, Team BC played some strong defense to limit them to one point and take their second victory of the Games by a score of 6–5.
Joshua Miki talked about the team effort in the victory against Nova Scotia this morning.
“Personally, I really liked our performance. I thought we came out a little flat in the first couple of ends, but we were able to pull it back and we just grinded our way to this victory. We just really focused on what we’ve been practicing on.”
In the evening session, both teams took on Manitoba in Draw 4. The Team BC women were up against an undefeated team, but played well and kept it close in the first two draws.
Manitoba stole four early points in the third end and Team BC could not recover. The team eventually conceded in the sixth end with Manitoba taking the game 10–0. On the men’s side, it was another close game for Team BC who has an exciting game with the Manitoba side. Team BC stole a point in the second end to take the early lead, but it was back and forth from there. Ultimately, the Manitoba team prevailed in seven ends by a score of 6–3.
Going into the third day of competition on Tuesday, the Team BC women sit with a record of 0–3, while the Team BC men are 2–1. The teams both have a bye in Draw 5 at 9:00 am, but will play Prince Edward Island in Draw 6 at 2:00 pm and Northwest Territories in Draw 7 at 7:00 pm.
Male Draw 3 vs. Nova Scotia, 6–5 win (2–0)
Female Draw 3 vs. Nova Scotia, 3–9 loss (0–2)
Male Draw 4 vs. Manitoba, 3–6 loss (2–1)
Female Draw 4 vs. Manitoba, 0–10 loss (0–3)
Next up (Tue, Feb 26):
Male and Female Draw 5, BYE
Male and Female Draw 6 vs. Prince Edward Island, 2:00 pm, Pidherney Curling Centre
Male and Female Draw 7 vs. Northwest Territories, 7:00 pm, Pidherney Curling Centre