Daniels wins provincial junior title

Delta Thistle rink caps dominate week in Vernon with win over defending champion

Team Daniels concluded a dominant run in Vernon by capturing the 2019 B.C. Junior Women’s Curling Championship.

The Delta Thistle rink earned the opportunity to represent B.C. later this month at the Canadian Junior Championships in St. Albert, Saskatchewan with a 10-4 victory over defending champion Team Reese-Hansen from Victoria.

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Daniels topped the round-robin standings with a 6-1 record to advance directly to the final then avenged her only loss of the week by building a 7-2 lead after six ends. Reese-Hansen tried to mount a comeback with singles in the seventh and eighth but Daniels sealed the championship with three more in the ninth.

She will be making her third trip to nationals, having finished second in 2014 and 2016. A year ago she lost the provincial final 6-5 to Reese-Hansen in an extra end heartbreaker. 

“[I’m] speechless. I still feel as amazed and as happy as the first time that this happened,” said the Seaquam grad, who won the 2014 B.C. Juniors with Team Van Osch and the 2016 BC Juniors as her team’s skip. ”The team has worked so hard over the past couple of years and we’re really happy that that showed out on the ice today.

“I’ve been dying to get back. The Canadian Juniors is always so much fun. I just can’t wait.” 

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