Kimberley’s Team Buchy has been named Team B.C. after taking home gold at the B.C. Junior Curling Championships this week.
Curl BC is reporting that Team Sato and Team Buchy will represent B.C. at the 2020 New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Langley.
According to a press release from Curl BC, the women’s game was a 10-end nail-biter that ended in Team Buchy’s favour. Kaila Buchy from Kimberley made an out-turn pick to sit for two on her last rock to clinch the 8-6 win over Royal City/Tunnel Town’s Team Taylor.
“It was like slow motion. The rock couldn’t get there quickly enough. But once it hit the hog line I sort of knew. We are so excited and so happy,” Buchy said.
Team Buchy took to their Facebook page on Thursday night, excited about their win, thanking everyone for their support and hard work.
“What an incredible week! After a close game against Taylor in the final, we brought home gold!! We can’t wait to represent BC and be the home team at nationals! We owe a big Thank you to our 5th Samantha Mclaren who couldn’t be here with us this week, but played in many events prior. Couldn’t have done it without you,” reads the post. “We would like to thank Team Taylor for a great game, and congrats on a great week.
“More thanks go to Mike and Cody, and the crew for amazing ice, all the officials and volunteers, Alex Horvath for the awesome organization of the event and of course our coaches Tom Buchy and Jim Cotter for their guidance. And of course, our sponsors…Also a huge congrats to Team Sato for Gold and Team Tao for Silver this week. We are super excited to spend the week at nationals with both of you!!”
Meanwhile in men’s play, a steal of four in the eighth end brought an abrupt finish to what had been a relatively close game between Team Sato and Team Tao. The score was 9-3 to Team Sato, who had been undefeated throughout the competition.
The Sato team, from Royal City Curling Club, will be playing as Team BC at nationals in Langley. Team Tao, from Richmond, Vancouver and Port Moody curling clubs, will also take part as the second team. A second spot opened up for BC after Nunavut did not field a junior men’s team.
Full team rosters of playoff teams:
Team Sato, Royal City
Skip: Hayato Sato
Third: Matthew McCrady
Second: Joshua Miki
Lead: Jacob Umbach
Coaches: Bryan Miki/Brent Pierce
Team Tao, Richmond/Vancouver/Port Moody
Skip: Johnson Tao
Third: Toby Mills
Second: Connor Kent
Lead: Michael Nunn
Coach: Vic Shimizu
Team Buchy, Kimberley/Kelowna/Vernon
Skip: Kaila Buchy
Third: Jaelyn Cotter
Second: Katelyn McGillivray
Lead: Cassidy Schwaerzle
Fifth: Samantha Mclaren
Coaches: Tom Buchy/Jim Cotter
Team Taylor, Tunnel Town/Royal City
Skip: Jensen Taylor
Third: Meredith Cole
Second: Keira McCoy
Lead: Chelsea Taylor
Coach: Chris Summers