BC junior curlers bring home third national gold

Team BC, headed by skip Tyler Tardi, emerged triumphant – again – from the Canadian juniors Sunday.

Team BC’s skip Tyler Tardi surveys the house, and directs a shot by one of his squad during the gold medal finals today (Sunday) at the New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championships. (Michael Burns/Curling Canada)

They’re in a league of their own.

A young Langley-based curling team – headed up by skip Tyler Tardi and vice-skip Sterling Middleton – has etched its name in the record book today.

The duo won their third New Holland Canadian Junior title in a row – a feat never before accomplished.

“It’s unreal the fact that this has only been done twice before and how this is such a rare feat,” Tardi said of his accomplishment with Middleton. “It’s an incredible feeling and to be doing it with one of my best friends is extra special.”

The British Columbia team is made up of Tardi (a Cloverdale skip who plays out of the Langley Curling Centre), Middleton (the third who hails from Fort. St. John, and curls out of New Westminster), Matthew Hall (second, who lives in Cloverdale but also plays out of the Langley rink), and Alex Horvath (the lead who plays out of Victoria). The coach is Tyler’s father, Paul.

Manitoba was the only team, who in the week leading up to the finals, was actually able to beat British Columbia. But Manitoba couldn’t do it a second time.

When it came to the gold-medal round today (Sunday) at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert, Sask., Tardi and his team triumphed over J.T. Ryan’s Manitoba team by the score of 7-5.

Team BC opened the scoring in the second end with an angle raise takeout for three.

But Manitoba’s Ryan took control of the middle portion of the game. Ryan, vice-skip Jacques Gauthier (Tardi’s cousin), second Jordan Peters, lead Cole Chandler and coach John Lund scored two in the fourth and followed it with a steal of two in the fifth to lead by one point heading into the fifth-end break.

“We’re no stranger to giving up threes early. If you’re going to give up a three you want to give it up in the second end. We know we’ve been resilient all week and we knew if we could string some shots together we could battle back and that’s what we did,” Ryan said.

But British Columbia took control in the latter part of the game with a deuce in the eighth and a steal of one in the ninth end to lead 6-5. Manitoba had hammer in the final end, but over-swept its final attempt, causing the stone clip off another and give up a steal of one.

“They played unreal and we played one of our best games I’d say we ever played together too. It just wasn’t enough. It was an inch here or there,” Ryan said.

With today’s win, Tardi and Middleton surpass the likes of John Morris, Craig Savill and Brent Laing – among others – who have all won back-to-back titles, but never a third.

Tardi and Middleton won their first New Holland Canadian Juniors title in 2017 in Victoria against their current second Hall, who was representing Ontario at the time.

“It was very emotional to see him kind of go crazy there,” Middleton said of his second’s reaction to winning the national title. “That’s how we all felt on our first one and I’m really excited he was on the right side of that one this time, because there’s no worse feeling than losing a big game like that.”

The pair returned as part of the British Columbia team in Shawinigan, Que., in 2018 and defeated Northern Ontario’s Tanner Horgan in the final. While all three victories were sweet, Tardi believes they all hold a part in his memory for distinct reasons.

“It’s hard to pinpoint one that’s most special,” he said.

“The first is unreal just because it’s the first time. Second we got to tie the record with some of the great junior curlers like John Morris and now to pass them is just an unbelievable feeling.”

The team will represent Canada at the 2019 World Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool, N.S. from Feb. 16 to 23.

RECENT COVERAGE:

SATURDAY COVERAGE: Tardi earns first victory in quest for third national title

SUNDAY COVERAGE: Team BC defeats its hosts at junior curling nationals Sunday

MONDAY COVERAGE: Day 3 brings fourth win for the Langley-based Team BC

TUESDAY COVERAGE: Team BC advancing undefeated in junior nationals

WEDNESDAY COVERAGE: Team BC’s having fun, ‘feeling good’ about back-to-back victories

THURSDAY COVERAGE: Tardi team suffers first loss at junior nationals

FRIDY COVERAGE: Lower Mainland junior curlers will be vying for gold

curling

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Team BC’s skip Tyler Tardi surveys the house, and directs a shot by one of his squad during the gold medal finals today (Sunday) at the New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championships. (Michael Burns/Curling Canada)

Just Posted

Police executed a search warrant at a residence on Nicol Street in September 2017 in relation to a murder investigation. John Albert Buchanan was charged with second-degree murder. (News Bulletin file)
Murder trial begins in case of man who was beaten and died in Nanaimo’s south end

John Albert Buchanan charged with second-degree murder after 2017 incident on Nicol Street

A jail cell at the Nanaimo RCMP detachment. (News Bulletin file photo)
Woman reports she was injured by Nanaimo RCMP while being jailed

Independent Investigations Office of B.C. looking into Oct. 1 incident

B.C. Ferries has a mandatory mask policy on vessels and at terminals. (News Bulletin file photo)
UPDATE: No tickets for anti-maskers on B.C. Ferries

West Van Police say their intention was to ‘keep the peace’ after being called to terminal

Steven Michael Bacon pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder of Nanaimo teen Makayla Chang. (Photos submitted)
Accused pleads not guilty in Nanaimo teen’s 2017 murder

Steven Bacon appeared in Nanaimo court Monday via video link from Thunder Bay

A B.C. man decided to create a website to help people find family doctors accepting patients. Because Victoria is considered high-demand, clinic openings can’t be posted publicly. (Unsplash)
Greater Victoria in high-demand on website that connects B.C. residents with doctors

Nanaimo man started project to help people find family physicians accepting patients

A passer-by walks past a COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Canada ‘yet to see’ deaths due to recent COVID surge as cases hit 200,000

Much of the increase in case numbers can be attributed to Ontario and Quebec

Police confirm human remains were found in a recycling bin in Vancouver on Oct. 18, 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Human remains found in recycling bin floating near Vancouver beach

Police asking nearby residents to see if their recycling bin has gone missing

Candidates in the Nanaimo riding include Kathleen Jones, B.C. Liberal Party, top left; Sheila Malcolmson, NDP; Lia Versaevel, Green Party. (Photos submitted/News Bulletin photo/Elections B.C. image)
B.C. VOTES 2020: Nanaimo candidates

Provincial election candidates discuss their priorities in their own words

Candidates in the Nanaimo-North Cowichan riding include Chris Istace, B.C. Green Party, top left; Duck Paterson, B.C. Liberals; and Doug Routley, NDP. (Photos submitted/Elections B.C. image)
B.C. VOTES 2020: Nanaimo-North Cowichan candidates

Provincial election candidates discuss their priorities in their own words

Candidates in the Parksville-Qualicum riding include Rob Lyon, B.C. Green Party, top left; Don Purdey, Conservatives; John St. John, independent; Michelle Stilwell, B.C. Liberals; and Adam Walker, B.C. NDP. (Photos submitted/Elections B.C. image)
B.C. VOTES 2020: Parksville-Qualicum candidates

Provincial election candidates discuss their priorities in their own words

(File photo)
RCMP: Two men face charges in reported Parksville fatal hit-and-run

Investigation into man’s death began in August of 2019

B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson visits a North Vancouver daycare to announce his party’s election promises for child care, Oct. 9, 2020. (B.C. Liberal Party video)
B.C. parties pitch costly child care programs in pandemic

B.C. Liberals say they’ll deliver on NDP’s $10-a-day promise for lower-income families

Voting station at Tzeachten Hall in the riding of Chilliwack-Kent on the first day of advance voting in the provincial election on Oct. 15, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
B.C. VOTES 2020: 380,000 British Columbians head to polls in first 4 days of advance voting

Some of highest voter turnout so far has been seen on Vancouver Island and in Shuswap

Most Read