Royal City sending more teams to provincials

Four Royal City Curling Club rinks are heading to Vancouver Island next month after qualifying for the 2020 Connect Hearing B.C. Masters curling championships.

The 60-plus tournament saw 16 teams in total make the grade – eight men’s teams and eight women’s – for the event which runs March 3 to 8 in Lake Cowichan and Duncan.

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Team Lepine, which holds down host club roots with Langley, Royal City, Penticton and Cloverdale, features skip Craig Lepine, third Neil Houston, second Craig McLeod and lead Kevin Jeannotte, and is coached by Karen Lepine.

Royal City and Golden Ears clubs are part of Team Moore, led by skip Garth Moore, third John Zwarych, second Fred Fox and lead Wayne Salto.

On the women’s side, Team Gardner will represent Royal City proudly, led by skip Isobel Gardner, third Nancy Stagg, second Dianne Armstrong and lead Rita Araki.

Also from New West is Team House, with skip Cindy House, third Carole McFadden, second Myra Antaya and lead Terry Townsend-Jones.

TWIN TEAMS TO COMPETE AT U18S

Two Royal City Curling Club-based teams have made the grade and will be competing at the 2020 B.C. under-18 curling championships in Parksville next month.

Team Taylor, which shares roots with Delta’s Tunnel Town club, has advanced to the girls competition.

The team includes skip Jensen Taylor, third Meredith Cole, second Keira McCoy and lead Chelsea Taylor, and is coached by Christopher Summers.

The squad captured the u21 silver medal earlier this season.

Team Deane, which also claim Tunnel Town, Nanaimo and Vernon as home clubs, qualified for the boys competition.

The team consists of skip Connor Deane, third Benjamin Morin, second Joshua Miki and lead Mack Ellis, and is coached by Greg Deane.

Both teams qualified at the Lower Mainland playdowns in Mission.

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