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British Columbia rolls into semi-final

British Columbia (Dailene Sivertson of Victoria) advanced to Saturday night’s semi-final against Northern Ontario with a methodical 6-3 win over Saskatchewan (Trish Paulsen of Saskatoon) in the second tiebreaker at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors.

Dailene Sivertson of Team British Columbia

British Columbia jumped in front 4-0, with steals of one in the first, one in the third (after the second end was blanked) and two in the fourth.    Saskatchewan couldn’t recover after that.

This morning, the Victoria Curling Club team stole seven points when eliminating Alberta in the first tiebreaker, 12-1.

“We weren’t planning to steal.  We just knew that we had to set up the rocks and try to put pressure on the other team,” explained Sivertson, a 19-year-old Accounting student at Camosun College.  “Wait for mistakes and capitalize whenever we could.

“We’re ready for it (three games in one day),” continued Sivertson, who finished third in 2007 in St. Catharines in her M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors debut.   “I was young then.  It was my first time at a national championship.  So I’ve been hungry to get back for more.  And I’ve been waiting for the semi-final for long time.”

Her team will face Northern Ontario (Kendra Lilly of Sudbury), which it lost to, 11-8 in Draw 4 of the round robin,  in tonight’s 7:30 pm semi-final, with the winner advancing to Sunday’s final at 2:30 pm, live on TSN, against undefeated (12-0) Ontario (Rachel Homan of Ottawa).

The men’s semi-final also goes at 7:30 pm at Le Colisée, with Ontario (Jake Walker of Kitchener) taking on Saskatchewan (Braeden Moskowy of Regina).

The winner will meet Manitoba (Alex Forrest of Winnipeg) in Sunday’s final at 7:30 pm, live on TSN.