Team Tardi finished second in the province after a 9-4 loss to a Langley/ Victoria team skipped by local boy Tyler Klymchuk in Sunday's final.
Klymchuk led 6-0 after four ends and went on to win 9-4.
This was the first time the team, made up of skip Tyler Tardi, third Jordan Tardi, second Nicholas Meister and lead Zachary Umbach, with coach Paul Tardi, had qualified for junior provincials.
"It was a great atmosphere in Coquitlam, especially with bleachers on the ice surface," Tyler Tardi shared. "I feel we played better as a team as the week went on and our original goal starting out the week was to make the playoffs."
Team Tardi built momentum during the competition, and ended up with six wins and three losses. The local rink also came through in the clutch. It had to win its last game of the round robin to avoid a tie breaker.
In the semifinals Team Tardi had an opportunity to play team Habkirk, which it had lost to in the round robin. The Langley curlers played a very solid game and won handily by a 7-3 score.
The championship game was televised by Shaw, and it was the first time Team Tardi had played in front of TV cameras.
"We know Tyler Klymchuk and how strong his team is because we both play out of the Langley Curling Club," Tardi said. "We started off strong in the first end but got into trouble without the hammer in the second end and gave up a four-ender. We made a lot of good shots after that but just missed out on a few of our chances that could have narrowed the score."
Tardi added that once the Klymchuk team had the early lead, "they played a defensive style that made it difficult for us to get back into the game."
With the victory, Team Klymchuk, made up of skip Tyler Klymchuk, third Corey Chester, second Sanjay Bowry, lead Rhys Gamache and coach Todd Troyer, will represent B.C. at the 2013 M&M Meat Shops National Junior Curling Championships.
The national event is being held Feb. 2-10 in Fort McMurray, Alta.
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