Junior zone curling playdowns sweeps into Penticton

Penticton Curling Club hosting B.C. Junior Zone playdowns this weekend

Cindy-Lou Fisher

Cindy-Lou Fisher

The Penticton Curling Club is hosting the B.C. Junior Zone Playdowns Saturday and Sunday.

There will be five boys and three girls teams competing. Penticton will be represented by a boy’s rink.

“I think that the level of play will be pretty high for juniors,” said Penticton coach Sherrie Burechailo. “I know there are some great coaches coming. I expect to see some great teams.”

The Penticton rink has been together since the end of October and Burechailo sees the group growing confidence in their game.

“They have learned a lot of new skills so far this year,” said Burechailo, who has worked with them a lot to bring them up to a level she hopes is competitive.

Burechailo said the local club was selected by Curl B.C. to host and felt it was important to have a team representing the community. Should they be successful, the Penticton rink can qualify for provincials in Parksville Dec.28 to Jan.3.

The draws are at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday. Semifinal play begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with finals at 2 p.m.

The club held its  Keldon Electric Penticton Ladies Bonspiel last weekend. The bonspiel attracted 14 teams from the Okanagan Valley. Winning the A division was the Leitch rink, Lil Blashko won the B division and Jenna Denton’s rink took the C division.