Wednesday August 27, 2014






Van Osch takes provincial crown from Brown rink

Corryn Brown and her Kamloops Curling Club rink will have to wait for a second Tim Hortons B.C. junior women's curling championship.

Brown dropped a 7-6 extra-end decision to Kalia Van Osch's Nanaimo rink in Chilliwack on Tuesday. A year earlier, Brown beat Van Osch 7-4 in the final in Coquitlam.

The Brown rink went on to win the Canadian junior title in Fort McMurray, Alta., and represented Canada at the world juniors in Sochi, Russia.

"It was so tough to come to terms with," Brown said Wednesday as she looked back at Tuesday's setback. "I was pretty disappointed. It's still tough to think about it right now because . . . it's not that we expected to win but we really thought that we could. We thought we had a good chance at it."

Brown and third Erin Pincott, second Samantha Fisher and lead Sydney Fraser, each of them 18, are in their eighth season together. They have two years of junior eligibility remaining.

Van Osch, 20, has her sister, Marika, at third, with Sarah Daniels at second and Ashley Sanderson at lead.

Brown took a 5-4 lead into the ninth end, when she missed a Van Osch stone on the edge of the 12-foot with her first rock. That miss allowed Van Osch to split the house and play a hit-and-stick for two and a 6-5 lead.

In the 10th end, Brown drew the eight-foot for a singleton to force the extra end.

In the 11th, Van Osch got a rock on the button behind cover and put her first stone into the four-foot. With her last rock, Brown tried a long raise-double, but got only one stone. Van Osch didn't have to throw her final rock.

It was, Brown agreed, a game of missed chances.

"I think it was just a . . . kind of a burp in our focus," she said. "It wasn't a bad day; it was more of a bad shot here and there."

That, she added, pretty much summed up an event in which the rink rarely put it all together at the same time for an entire game.

"As a whole," she explained, "we didn't play our best game overall. There would be certain ends where we'd all play well together, but we didn't have one single game where we all played super well.

"But, overall, we were very happy with how we played throughout."

Brown said the rink now will concentrate on training and the strategic part of its game, and also will continue to play in the local Super League.

Brown and Van Osch had finished atop the round-robin standings, both with 6-1 records. Brown earned the berth in the final by way of her 6-5 extra-end victory over Van Osch. In that one, Van Osch led 5-3 after eight ends, only to have Brown count one in nine, steal another in 10 and win it with yet another steal in 11.

The Van Osch rink won't have much time to rest as the M&M Meat Shops Canadian championships are scheduled for Liverpool, N.S., Jan. 18-28.

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There will be a Kamloops flavour to the Canadian junior men's curling championship later this month.

Brook Calibaba, who was born and raised in Kamloops, is the third on Cameron de Jong's Victoria rink that won the Tim Hortons B.C. junior men's title on Tuesday in Chilliwack.

De Jong scored a 10-5 victory over Tyler Tardi of Langley. Tardi had gone 7-0 in the round-robin, while de Jong was 6-1.

Calibaba, 19, curled out of the Kamloops Curling Club before joining de Jong's Victoria rink prior to last season.

Also on the de Jong rink are second Ryan Cassidy and lead Alex Horvath.

Late Tuesday night, Calibaba posted this on his Facebook page: "What an amazing way to end 2013! Couldn't have asked for a better team to accomplish this with! . . . Very excited to represent British Columbia in just a couple weeks! Happy New Years everyone!"

The Canadian championship will be decided in Liverpool, N.S., Jan. 18-28.


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