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Curler is a B.C. junior champion again

Skip Corryn Brown throws a rock as teammates Samantha Fisher, front left, and Marika Van Osch sweep at provincial championships last week in New Westminster. -  PAUL FUOCO photo
Skip Corryn Brown throws a rock as teammates Samantha Fisher, front left, and Marika Van Osch sweep at provincial championships last week in New Westminster.
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An all-star curling team won the B.C. championship.

Nanaimo’s Marika Van Osch helped skip Corryn Brown win the Curl B.C. junior women’s title on Sunday in New Westminster.

Brown, Van Osch, Dezaray Hawes and Samantha Fisher defeated Sarah Daniels and her team 7-4 in the final, played on New Year’s Day at New West’s Royal City Curling Club.

“It was pretty exciting…” said Van Osch, who plays third. “I think we just got better and better as the week went on and going into the final, we were pretty confident.”

Van Osch and Hawes were part of Team Daniels last year and that rink defeated Brown for the B.C. championship. But there were “a few issues” that led to Van Osch and Hawes reaching out to Brown, a longtime rival, this past off-season.

“The season definitely was a bit strange to start with, being on the same team, but now it’s great. It’s probably one of the best teams I’ve ever played on,” Van Osch said. “It took a little while, for sure, but I think we were all really committed to making this team work and putting all our efforts into it.”

It’s the last year of junior eligibility for Van Osch, Brown and Fisher, and Van Osch said that’s seemed to make a difference with the commitment level to practices and events. The team has curled in junior and women’s spiels and also won an international event in China, wearing Canada colours.

So the Brown rink felt like it had good momentum for provincials. Facing Daniels in the final was expected and Brown and company were ready.

“We just kind of had to hang in there, wait for some opportunities and then once we kind of got going, I think we were pretty unstoppable,” Van Osch said.

The win means another set of B.C. jackets and a place at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Esquimalt from Jan. 21-29.

“I think we have a pretty good shot,” said Van Osch. “You never quite know, because you don’t know all the teams until you get there, but I think we have a good chance of at least bringing home a medal. So we’ll see what it brings.”

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