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NEWS RELEASE · 6th March 2010
Kevin Barton
Pedigree and experience help Zone 2 curling rink set pace at Games

The Zone 2 rink from Vernon led by 14-year-old skip Tyler Van Den Berghe was undefeated after two Draws on Day 1 of boys curling competition at the Terrace 2010 BC Winter Games.

The Thompson-Okanagan team earned two 8-4 victories over the Zone 4 Cameron Rink from Richmond and the Zone 5 Langois Rink from Vancouver. Seeded first and second after the initial skills competition, the Van Den Berghe – Langois match may have been a preview of the upcoming medal rounds.

Van Den Berghe is the son of former Garry Van Den Berghe who curled with Jeff Stoughton’s rink for 16 years, earning one World Championship, two Canadian (Brier) Championships and five Provincial Championships.

Ranging in age from 14-17 years, the team collectively has more than 30 years of curling experience. They used that experience to keep opponents guessing Friday in preliminary play.

“We like to mix it up with lots of stones in play,” Van Den Berghe said. “We know we can make good shots and if we do, we believe we will do well (in the tournament).”

In Draw 3 the Zone 7 rink from Kitimat stole 8 points in a 9-1 win over the Zone 4 Richmond Rink and improved its record to 1-1. The Zone 6 rink from the Mill Bay-Cowichan Bay area earned a decisive 9-4 win over the Zone 1 rink from Nelson for a 1-0 record and may also be a team to watch as the tournament continues.

High scoring ends dominate girls curling

High scoring was the story in Draw 4 of girls curling with 2 of 3 games being decided with 5 point ends.
The Zone 2 team from Kamloops started the high scoring with a 5 point effort in the first end and coasted for the remainder of the match to an 11-6 win over the Zone 5 team from North Vancouver. Skipped by Corryn Brown, the Zone 2 team now carries a 2-0 record into the Saturday Draws.
The Zone 6, Van Osch Rink from Nanaimo easily bested the Zone 1 rink from the Trail area with an 11-1 result. The difference maker of the match was a missed draw in the 4th end by Zone 1 skip Kelly MacKay to give up 5 points to the Van Osch Rink.
The 3rd match of the draw featured the local Zone 7 team from Terrace facing off against the Zone 3 rink from Surrey. Close through 4 ends, Zone 7 skip Samantha Sears missed a difficult take-out to give up a steal of 1. Zone 3 skip Ally Bergen scored 3 more points in the 7th end to finish the match with a 7-1 score.