It was an impressive debut for four Tunnel Town Curling Club members at the B.C. Junior Curling Championships in Vernon.
Delta Secondary students Sam Husdon and Connor Deane helped Team Umbach finish fourth in the eight-rink men’s event with a 4-3 record.
After an 0-2 start, Umbach climbed back into contention with four straight wins and had a chance to earn a semi-final berth before 9-5 to eventual runner-up Team Colwell in their final round-robin game. An earlier 9-8 extra inning heartbreaker to third place finisher Team Sato also factored into the final standings that saw just three rinks advance to the playoffs.
Team Umbach’s Brian Cole received the coaching award for his efforts.
Meanwhile, Meredith Cole and Keira McCoy more than held their own as members of Team Taylor which also finished with a 4-3 record in the eight rink women’s draw.
Taylor’s rink got off to a 3-1 terrific start with their only loss being to eventual champion Team Daniels from Delta Thistle. However, two straight defeats took them out of playoff contention before closing out the bonspiel on a high note — knocking off defending champion and 2019 silver medalist Team Reese-Hansen of Victoria 8-5 in their final game.
Cole and McCoy are in Grades 10 and 9 respectively at South Delta Secondary with many more years of eligibility at the U21 junior level.