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Delta curlers crowned U21 provincial champions

Emily Bowles and Meredith Cole are headed to the Canadian Junior Championships in Quebec this spring
Team Bowles includes Emily Bowles, Meredith Cole, Mahra Harris, Sasha Wilson and coach Paul Tardi. Next stop is nationals in Quebec.

It was a breakthrough win for Delta’s Emily Bowles and Meredith Cole at the B.C. U21 Curling Championships last weekend in Duncan.

Team Bowles, with Bowles as skip and Cole playing third, capped an unbeaten run with a dramatic 9-8 win over Team Hafeli from Kamloops in Sunday’s (Jan. 29) final.

Team Bowles will now represent B.C. at the 2023 New Holland Canadian Championships, slated for March 25 to April 2 in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec.

Cole came through the Tunnel Town Curling Club in Tsawwassen as a junior while Bowles is a member of a big curling family based out of Delta Thistle in North Delta. Her sister Elizabeth was also skipping a team at provincials.

Rounding out Team Bowles are Victoria’s Sasha Wilson and Ontario’s Mahra Harris, daughter of Canadian Olympic silver medalist Mike Harris. Mahra is out in B.C. studying at UVic. The team is coached by Paul Tardi.

The see-saw final concluded with Bowles scoring one in the 10th after Hafeli managed a pair in the ninth to tie the game at 8-8

Team Bowles earlier opened the championships by rallying for a 6-5 win over Team Duncan, scoring one in the ninth, two in the 10th and one in the 11th.

An All-Bowles match-up followed with Emily defeating Elizabeth 10-4 to secure a spot in the championship game.