A second Alberta curling team has qualified for the 2012 World Junior Curling Championship.
On Sunday in Napanee, Ontario, Brendan Bottcher from Sherwood Park, Alberta defeated Brennan Wark of Northern Ontario 9-6 in the final of the M & M Meat Shop Canadian Junior Curling Championship.
Bottcher got off to a great start as Alberta took an early 3-0 lead after the first two ends and never looked back. Things did get a little interesting though as Wark pulled within one point after eight ends of play, but Bottcher scored a deuce in the tenth end to seal the victory.
The Bottcher rink also consisted of third Evan Asmussen, second Landon Bucholz, and lead Bryce Buchholz.
With the win, Bottcher will represent Canada at the World Junior Curling Championship from March 3-11 in Ostersund, Sweden.
On Saturday, Jocelyn Peterman of Red Deer beat Manitoba’s Shannon Birchard to win the Ladies Championship. It is the first time since 1978 that Alberta won the men’s and women’s junior championship in the same year. That year Darren Fish won on the men’s side, and a young Cathy King (who would later win the 1998 Scotties Tournament of Hearts as a skip) won on the women’s side.