by Eric Welsh
Jay Ueda’s Vancouver Squamish rink had no problems at all, breezing through a morning match against Julian Chmelyk’s North West crew.
Ueda started off with a bang, putting four on the board in the first end in his BC Winter Games opener.
“We came out real strong, and I didn’t have to do much in that end other than draw to the button,” the Vancouver native said. “I know my second (Arthur Lee) and my lead (Keegan Lennie) were a bit nervous, but after they threw their first rocks really well they got into the moment.”
His rink added another five in the fourth end to put this one on ice.
“That was basically me calling the wrong shot at one point, calling a draw when my coach wanted me to hit,” Ueda laughed. “That led to a really messy end, but I made one nice shot. It was luck mostly.”
Ueda lauded his team for keeping their cool, but he thought their execution was a little off. They’ll look to fix that when they face Brayden Carpenter’s Fraser River-Delta rink in the second draw, starting at 3:15 p.m.