Jr. CURLING PROVINCIALS: Hometown Hozack rink aims for gold

Hozack rink seek to avenge last year's silver medal at boys and Junior curling provincials in Victoria, Dec. 27-31

Josh Hozack and team are at home for the junior curling provincials in Victoria Dec. 27 to 31.

Josh Hozack and team are at home for the junior curling provincials in Victoria Dec. 27 to 31.

For the Josh Hozack rink, the mission is simple: win the junior provincials at home in Victoria next week and qualify for nationals.

Team Hozack, along with Team de Jong, are the two home rinks who qualified for the 2012 junior boys provincials at the Victoria Curling Club next week, Dec. 27 to 31.

Both are highly capable of winning B.C.’s this week. Each competed in September’s Cloverdale Cash Spiel, part of the 2011-12 World Curling Tour series of pro tournaments, though neither made the money round.

But it’s team Hozack that holds an edge as the favourite. They came oh so close to winning the 2011 provincials last year, only to lose in the final. Going into this year’s provincials, they just happen to be tied for first in the Tuesday night super league, where both teams play in search of higher competition.

“We’ve played well against some good teams in the Tuesday league,” said Todd Troyer, coach of the Hozack rink. It’s no small task to lead the super league, home to the Jody rink, which qualified for men’s provincials on Sunday with a win over Victoria’s Neil Dangerfield rink at the Island playdowns in Campbell River.

The success is welcome but not a surprise for the Hozack rink, which started the season early. “We’re more confident and prepared than ever,” Hozack said. “There isn’t much ice in the summer, so we were up at Kerry Park as early as July and went to Vernon for a week-long camp in August. Our goal is to go to nationals. We believe we can.”

As skip, Hozack throws last with team members Zac Capron at lead, Nolan Reid at second and Corey Chester at third. It’s the final year of junior for 20-year-olds Hozack and Capron, though Chester (19) and Reid (18) will remain eligible.

“Playing at home feels great. It just makes you want to win it even more,” Hozack said.

When they’re not curling, Hozack, Capron and Chester study accounting at Camosun College. Coincidentally, coach Troyer is a chartered accountant with downtown firm Norgaard Neale Camden.

Two home teams

Team de Jong is also known as the Wenzek rink, as third Daniel Wenzek calls the shots, though Cameron de Jong throws the team’s last rocks. Thomas Thierbach leads and Sanjay Bowry throws second. The team is coached by Donald McMullen.

No girls teams from the Victoria club qualified for provincials this year, also running in Victoria next week.

Curling sked

Round robin: Tuesday, Dec. 27: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28: 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 29: 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.Friday, Dec. 30: 9 a.m.Tiebreakers: Friday, Dec. 30: 1 and 4:30 p.m. (if necessary)Playoffs: Saturday, Dec. 31: semifinal 9:30 a.m. and final 1:30 p.m.

 

Just Posted

Greater father involvement in the home leads to improved childhood development and increased marital satisfaction, says expert. (Black Press Media file photo)
University of Victoria researcher finds lack of father involvement a drag on gender equality

Working women still taking on most child and household duties in Canada

New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of June 6-12. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
New COVID-19 cases up on Island, but health officials say trends going right way

There were 22 new COVID-19 cases in Greater Victoria last week after just four the week before

Emergency health services treated a person after they were blocking traffic at the intersection of Fort and Douglas Streets on June 17. (Evert Lindquist/ News Staff)
Victoria intersection traffic returns to normal after protester blocked roadway

A person in a motorized wheelchair was blocking the intersection at Fort and Douglas Streets

Eric White’s roadside farm stand in Metchosin sits stocked with produce. (Photo courtesy of Eric White)
Fledgling Metchosin farmer frustrated by thefts from stand

Eric White said every dollar made at the roadside helps sustain his farm

Saanich police took a suspect into custody after a store employee on Cedar Hill Cross Road was assaulted Wednesday afternoon. (Black Press Media file photo)
Employee assaulted at Saanich store after asking suspected shoplifters to leave

June 16 incident saw worker taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: When was the last time you visited the mainland?

The films are again lighting the screens at local theatres, the wine… Continue reading

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of June 15

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

The Co-op gas station at Whiskey Creek is burning after a camper van exploded while refueling just before 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Exploding camper van torches Highway 4 gas station between Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni

Highway traffic blocked after Whiskey Creek gas station erupts into flames

Helen Austin performing with Trent Freeman at the 2018 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Austin is one of the many performers listed for the 2021 event.
Vancouver Island MusicFest goes virtual for 2021

Black Press to stream 25 hours of programming July 9-11

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

Most Read