CURLING: Nelson hosts BC Men’s championship

Two Kootenay teams will compete at the CDI 2016 B.C. Men’s Curling Championships set to kick off in Nelson next month.

Two Kootenay teams will compete at the Canadian Direct Insurance 2016 B.C. Men’s Curling Championships set to kick off in Nelson next month.

Kimberley’s Tom Buchy rink features Castlegar’s Dean Horning as third, Dave Toffolo second and Darren Will lead, while Creston’s Chris Ducharme rink brings third Josh Firman, second Jim Stewart and lead Jim Macaulay to the event.

The remaining three teams were finalized this past weekend in Salmon Arm. Two Vancouver Island teams, Team Montgomery and Team Jackson qualified, and will be joined by Team House from Richmond to complete the field.

The event will feature 16 men’s teams vying for their chance to represent B.C. at the Tim Hortons Brier in Ottawa.

Ten teams that had previously qualified at regional playdowns in December, include: Team Cotter, from Kelowna/Vernon, earned a trip back to provincials as the defending champions, along with the top two CTRS (Canadian Team Ranking System) points winners, Team Joanisse and Team Geall both from Royal City Curling Club.

The teams that qualified in regional playdowns include Team Buchy, Team Ducharme, Team Richard, from Kelowna Curling Club, Team Longworth, from Vernon Curling Club, Team Craig, from Victoria Curling Centre, Team Dangerfield, from Victoria Curling Centre, Team Johnson, from Royal City Curling Club, Team Martyn, from Royal City Curling Club, Team Schneider, from Vancouver Curling Club and Team Wenzek, from Langley/Royal City Curling Clubs.

This year’s Championship, which will be televised on Sportsnet, takes place at Nelson Curling Centre from February 10-14.

For ticket information, and to find out more about the event, visit http://cdimens2016.curlbc.ca/.