Tardi rink takes care of business, grabs gold

Surrey skip leads Langley curling team to victory at world junior championships in Scotland

Consider his business finished.

Prior to the world junior curling championships, Tyler Tardi talked about ‘unfinished business’ after coming up short in at last year’s event, losing a tiebreaker game which would have put the team in the playoff round.

On Saturday, the Langley Curling Club rink skipped by the young man from Surrey defeated the hosts from Scotland 6-5 in extra ends to capture the world junior championship title.

The competition was held in Aberdeen, Scotland and the loss was the first of the competition for the host team.

“I don’t know, I’ve been dreaming about this moment,” said Tardi.

“To finally have it come true is unbelievable.

“I can’t believe I’m standing here.”

The final started out cautiously in the first few ends with the teams trading singles, but the momentum shifted dramatically as both teams tried to take advantage of misses on both sides.

In the third, Tardi could have scored as many as five points on an open takeout, but his rock picked on release and Canada took only one point.

In the sixth, Scottish skip Ross Whyte just rubbed a guard, leaving Tardi a draw through a small port for three points. An end later, Tardi stole another point when Whyte’s big-weight triple attempt jammed, resulting in a 5-2 lead for Canada heading into the eighth.

The final two ends were marked by mistakes by both teams – missed takeouts, hogged guards – and it was Tardi’s heavy draw on his last shot of the tenth that resulted in the extra end.

But he made up for it with his last shot in the extra, coolly drawing to out-count the two Scottish stones in the rings and claiming another gold medal for Canada.

Tardi’s team consists of third Sterling Middleton, second Jordan Tardi, lead Zachary Curtis, alternate Jacques Gauthier and coach Paul Tardi. Gauthier is Tardi’s cousin.

“They’ve been working so hard all season.

“There’s no better four guys to do this with,” Tardi said. “I’m just over the moon right now.”

The gold capped off a great day for Canada as Kaitlyn Jones and her Halifax-based team also won the junior world championship title.



sports@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Skip Tyler Tardi lead Zachary Curtis and second Jordan Tardi bring a rock into the house during the gold medal game at the 2018 world junior curling championships in Aberdeen, Scotland. Richard Gray World Curling Federation photo

Just Posted

Volunteers keep BC Farm Museum running like a well-oiled machine

Collection, started in 1953, continues to expand beyond museum’s capacity to contain it

VIDEO: G-Men seek revenge Saturday night in rematch at Langley Events Centre

Portland’s Winterhawks downed the Vancouver Giants 5-3 during a road trip down south.

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

UPDATE: Abbotsford murder victim was brother of slain gang leader

Mandeep Grewal gunned down Thursday, brother Gavin killed in North Van in 2017

Children’s author shares her story with West Langley Elementary students

Gabrielle Prendergast toured Fraser Valley schools and libraries from Oct. 15-19.

Payette invites critics to ‘come and spend a few days’ with her

Governor General Julie Payette made her first official to B.C. back in March

More pot stores expected in B.C. in coming ‘weeks and months’: attorney general

Attorney General David Eby and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth visited the new BC Cannabis Store in the province’s Interior

Telus launches charitable foundation to help vulnerable youth

The Telus Friendly Future Foundation complements other social initiatives by the company, including Mobility for Good

Police say suspicious death of B.C. artist ruled a homicide

Patrick Zube Aylward’s body was found in a residence on a rural road outside of Seton Portage, west of Lillooet, B.C.

Temporary roads being built in areas affected by landslide in northern B.C.

Emergency Management BC news release says Disaster Financial Assistance is available to eligible residents of the Peace River Regional District who may have been affected by the landslides

B.C. tickets win big in Lotto Max draw

Jackpot carried over; B.C. tickets share Max Millions prizes

‘Mom, I’m in trouble:’ Canadian faces 10 years for alleged graffiti

Brittney Schneider, another tourist caught spraying message on walls of Tha Pae Gate in Thailand

Feds consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez says people still face systemic racism in some communities

Most Read