Morning Star Staff
New Westminster rinks ruled the 15th annual Rick Cotter Memorial Junior Cashspiel Sunday in Vernon.
Matthew McCrady of the Royal City Club took his first overall win on the Junior Tour by icing Daniel Wenzek of Langley 8-0 in the boys final. McCrady pocketed $2,000.
The points could bring McCrady, from the Royal City Curling Club, a step closer to qualifying for the 2016 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships. But Team McCrady, with third Zac Curtis, second Liam Purgavie and lead Jacob Umbach, have an uphill battle.
Team Wenzek, with third Jordan Tardi and second Nicholas Meister, are still leading the junior men’s Tour. They were playing with three at the Vernon event, because regular skip Tyler Tardi was not available. Playing with four, the team won the first two events.
The teams with the most points at the end of the Junior Tour get an automatic berth to the B.C. championships.
Sarah Daniels, meanwhile, completed a hat-trick of Tour victories, with her team of third Dezaray Hawes, second Marika Van Osch and lead Megan Daniels.
The Royal City girls went unbeaten in Vernon, bouncing Corryn Brown of Kamloops 8-4 in the final. Daniels also earned $2,000.
Brown, third Erin Pincott, second Samantha Fisher and lead Sydney Fraser, also had a perfect record ahead of the final, winning all of their pool games and beating Korea’s Team Ha 6-4 in the semis.
The spiel was established by Rick, whose dream it was to create one of the largest cashspiels in B.C. to allow junior teams to play other top teams and put some dollars into the team account.
Rick, whose son Jim is a five-time provincial men’s champion, sadly lost his battle with cancer in 2005 but the spiel is now one of the most prestigious junior events in Canada.
The remaining dates on the junior tour are: Nov 7-8, The Interior Beverages Junior Spiel in Kelowna; Nov 13-15, Esquimalt Optimist Junior.
Team Tardi, with two Tour victories, and Team Daniels, with three, both still top the Junior Tour standings with two events remaining.
The top two teams of each gender on the Tour will receive automatic qualification for the 2016 Tim Hortons BC Juniors, Dec. 29-Jan. 3, in Kamloops.