The Comox Valley Curling Club was informed Thursday evening (Jan. 13) that the B.C. Junior (U21) Curling Championships have been postponed for one month, due to the latest COVID wave. The new dates for the tournament are Feb. 22-27
The Comox Valley Curling Club (CVCC) is ready to host the 2022 B.C. Junior (U21) Curling Championships Jan. 25-30. However, provincial health regulations continue to leave organizers in the dark as to how many people will be allowed in the building.
“We’re moving forward, assuming that it is going to happen,” club manager Keith Parry said. “But my hands are tied trying to promote it. What is it going to look like? Are there going to be spectators allowed in the building? It looks like probably not. We haven’t been told what we can and can’t do.”
When the CVCC came on board to host the event, the scenarios were full capacity, 50 per cent or no spectators. While the Health Ministry has mandated 50 per cent, Parry said Curl BC may limit it further.
Ten girls teams and seven boys teams have registered to compete. The format will be round-robin for the boys, while the girls will be divided into two pools of five.
Local favourites include Team Richards, who recently won the U18 girls provincial championships in Delta, and the Parkinson rink that was runner-up in the boys division at U18s. A minimal number of spectators were allowed at the event.
The first game at U21s is slated for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26. Opening ceremonies and practice times are tentative for Tuesday, Jan. 25.
Games will be played at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. throughout the week. The two championship finals will be contested Sunday, Jan. 30.
The two champions will advance to the Canadian Junior Curling Championships, March 25 to April 1 in Stratford, Ont. Because Nunavut has pulled out, B.C. will send its men’s runner-up to nationals. B.C. receives the additional berth based on past performance, Curl BC said. A team from B.C. won the national title in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Another B.C. team reached the championship round in 2020.