Bronze for Team Tardi
A local curling team has captured the bronze at an international youth curling championship in Mississauga.
Team Tardi, the B.C. men's team at the Optimist International U-18 Curling Championships, claimed their prize over Ontario with a score of 6-5 in the 8th end Sunday.
It was a big weekend for the west coast: the B.C. women's team won gold, scoring 7-5 over Alberta at the tournament.
Team Tardi features two students from Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary: Skip Tyler Tardi and his brother Jordan, third. Second Nicholas Meister from Langley and lead Zachary Umbach of Coquitlam round out the team, coached by Paul Tardi. They play out of the Langley Curling Club and recently won gold at the B.C. Winter Games.
"It's a real honour to play as Team BC and play for our province," Tyler Tardi said after defeating the Japanese team on their way to the semis.
According to organizers, the men's bronze medal game went to the final end. B.C. had a three-point lead after the first end, but a single in the third and steals in the fourth and fifth ends got their opponents Ontario back in the game.
"We needed to get back into our mindset and get calm," Jordan Tardi said. The brothers played a strategic eighth end to secure the win.
Twenty-four men's and women's teams from Canada, the U.S. and Japan participated in the event, in its 12th year.
It took place April 4-8 at the St. George's Golf and Country Club and Dixie Curling Club.
More information and standings at www.gtau18curling.com.