BC’s leading curling teams earn berths to provincials

By Rebecca Connop Price

The teams have competed, the points have been tallied — and now the province’s leading curling teams have secured their berths to the provincial championships.

Two men’s teams and two women’s teams have earned the opportunity to fight for their chance to be champions of BC.

Team Joanisse, from Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge, and Team Geall, from Kelowna Curling Club, were the top-ranked BC men’s teams on the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) list.

The two teams are the first teams to earn berths to the 2018 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship, taking place at Parksville Curling Club from Jan. 30-Feb. 4.

The two women’s teams to have qualified based on their CTRS rankings are Team Gushulak, from Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster, and Team Brown, from Kamloops Curling Club.

They are the first two teams to qualify for the 2018 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, taking place at Victoria Curling Club from Jan. 2-7.

Team Joanisse were last year’s provincial silver medallists and they return with their team intact. The team features Abbotsford skip Dean Joanisse, third Paul Cseke (Victoria), second Jay Wakefield (Vancouver) and lead John Cullen (Vancouver).

Joanisse is a former Canadian junior champion (1989) and a two-time BC men’s champion (2001, 2007).

Team Geall, meanwhile, returns to provincial play with Abbotsford’s Sean Geall and Kelowna’s Jeff Richard and David Harper. A new addition to the team is Andrew Nerpin. Last year’s team did not medal in 2017, but did make it to the A event final against the eventual winners, Team Morris.

Geall is also a former BC men’s champion, representing BC at the Brier in 2009.

Team Gushulak returns with her team which won silver at women’s provincials last year. The team features skip Diane Gushulak, third Grace MacInnes, second Jessie Sanderson, lead Sandra Comadina and fifth Ashley Sanderson.

Gushulak, from Vancouver, is a two-time BC Scotties champion (2004 – with Team Wheatcroft – and 2009 – with Team Mallett). Her third Grace MacInnes was part of the 2009 Mallett team.

Sandra Comadina, from Vancouver, is a BC Mixed champion, while Jessie Sanderson, from Coquitlam, is a two-time BC junior champion and was part of the Van Osch team that went to women’s nationals in 2014.

Team Brown features skip Corryn Brown, third Erin Pincott, second Dezaray Hawes and lead Samantha Fisher. Three of the four players won the BC Junior Women’s Curling Championship last year. Brown, Pincott and Fisher have been curling together in Kamloops for more than a decade and won junior provincials in 2013, 2015 and 2017 (minus Pincott who aged out of junior play before last season).

In 2013 they won the Canadian championship and were able to represent Canada at worlds in Sochi, Russia. Hawes, who lives in Anmore, won junior provincials with Team Daniels in 2016 and Team Brown in 2017.

Tickets for the BC Scotties are available at Victoria Curling Club or online at http://victoriacurlingclub.com/bc-scotties-tickets/.

Tickets for the belairdirect BC Men’s are available at Parksville Curling Club or online at http://bcmens.curlbc.ca/tickets/.

The rest of the berths for the men’s and women’s provincial championships are available through open playdowns being held between Dec. 8 and Jan. 7.

Visit https://www.curlbc.ca/playdowns/ for the qualification information for all categories of play and to see the CTRS standings.

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Team BC capture first national Travelers title

By Rebecca Connop Price

British Columbia’s men’s team won our province’s first-ever curling club championship – in dominant fashion.

The Travelers Curling Club Championship wrapped up with the men’s and women’s gold medal games at the Cataraqui Golf and Country club in Kingston, Ont, on Nov. 25.

BC’s skip Bart Sawyer was named Most Valuable Player for the men. He broke his gold medal final wide open in the third end with a big score of five points against Manitoba’s Mark Anderson. BC was trailing 1-0 when Sawyer attempted a split for six but missed. It was still enough to take full control of the game. BC went on to win the final 7-3.

This was the first national event for Sawyer, third Steve Waatainen, second Craig Burton and lead Keith Clarke. The team from the Nanaimo Curling Centre lost only one game all week.

“To be able to win a national championship or even to have one we can compete in with my parents watching in the stands is pretty special. There aren’t words to describe this right now,” Sawyer, 43, said in Kingston.

Sawyer spoke highly of his competitors both in the final and across the other sheets of play. The men’s bronze medal game between Newfoundland and Labrador and Alberta paused their game to congratulate the gold and silver medalists as it wrapped up on the neighbouring sheet.

“That’s something you don’t see in a lot of other sports and even in some other curling events. We can’t say enough about the other guys we met and chatted with this week,” Sawyer added.

BC’s women had a fantastic run as well, winning 5 out of 6 games in their pool. But the team from Richmond Curling Centre featuring Kim Dennis, Heather Beatty, Dawn Mesana and Jenn Gauthier, were knocked out during their first playoff game. Their game against Nova Scotia went into the extra end and saw them miss out on advancing to the medal round by a mere inch.

Dennis said: “It has been an amazing week for our team, and we can’t thank everyone enough for all of the good lucks and support we have received. We wish we could have pulled that one off.”

In the women’s gold medal game, Manitoba beat Team Alberta to take the province’s fourth Travelers title.

Fourteen women’s teams and 14 men’s team from each of Curling Canada’s Member Associations were represented in Kingston for the week long event. The 9th annual event featured the best curling club champions in both genders split into two pools. At the completion of the split round robins the top team was placed into the semi final, while the second and third place teams played off in crossover quarterfinals.

Each team was allowed only one player who had played in a provincial/territorial Juniors’, Men’s (Brier), Women’s (Scotties) or Seniors’ championship in the current or previous four curling seasons, or participated in a full-field Grand Slam event in the current or previous four curling seasons.

As well, no player on the teams could have played in a Canadian Juniors, Men’s, Women’s or Seniors national championship in the current or previous four seasons.

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BC curler Christine Jurgenson inducted into Hall of Fame

By Rebecca Connop Price

A BC curler is among two of Canada’s most accomplished curlers who will be inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame.

Christine Jurgenson of Osoyoos, along with Cathy Overton-Clapham of Winnipeg, will be formally inducted during ceremonies at Curling Canada championships later this curling season. Jurgenson will be inducted during the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Jan. 27-Feb. 4 in Penticton.

Jurgenson is a four-time world championship gold-medallist representing Canada.

Her first came in 1986, not long after she won the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in London, Ont., playing second with her sister (and fellow member of the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame) Marilyn Bodogh. At the 1986 World Championship in Kelowna, B.C., Jurgenson won gold after Team Canada beat Germany’s Andrea Schöpp in the final.

Jurgenson would play in six editions of the Canadian Women’s Championships, representing three provinces (Ontario in 1980 and 1986; Alberta in 1983; B.C. in 1995 and 1997) in addition to one Scotties as Team Canada in 1987.

Her success carried over to seniors curling as she won a pair of Canadian Senior Women’s Championships in three years, and followed both with gold medals at the World Senior Championships, and another as an alternate with Team Canada.

World Womens Senior Curling Championship 2013

In 2008 at Prince Albert, Sask., she threw lead rocks with Pat Sanders’ gold-medal B.C. team that won gold at the world seniors a year later in Dunedin, New Zealand.

In 2010, it was Jurgenson skipping the B.C. team that won the Canadian championship in Ottawa, and followed up with a gold medal at the 2011 World Seniors in Saint Paul, Minn.

In 2013, Jurgenson joined Team Canada as the alternate with the Cathy King-skipped team that posted a perfect 8-0 record en route to winning the gold medal at Fredericton, N.B.

“My sister Marilyn surprised me; we were on the phone together and she handed the phone to (former Curling Canada Board of Governors Chair) Peter Inch so that he could tell me of my induction into the Hall of Fame,” said Jurgenson. “I was shocked and overwhelmed by the news. I’ve made so many lasting friendships, both with teammates and players from other teams, and I feel truly blessed for having had these opportunities in a sport that I love.”

Meanwhile Overton-Clapham will be inducted during the Tim Hortons Brier, March 3-11 in Regina. Overton-Clapham, who’s still active — she’ll be playing third with Chelsea Carey’s team at the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, beginning Dec. 2 in Ottawa — has been winning championships since she was a teenager.

“Cathy and Christine have represented our country and our sport with grace, class and professionalism over the years, and it was, suffice it to say, a no-brainer for the Hall of Fame Committee to welcome them to the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame,” said Scott Comfort of the Curling Canada Board of Governors, who also chairs the Awards and Hall of Fame Committee. “As champion curlers, they exemplified what our sport is about, combining on-ice skill with exemplary sportsmanship and respect for the game.”

There’s still another week to nominate candidates to be inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame for the 2017-18 season. CLICK HERE for more information; the nomination deadline is Nov. 30.

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Curl BC revises rule on commitment to play

By Rebecca Connop Price

Curl BC would like to make teams entering playdowns aware of a new rule change.

In the 2015-16 season, rules were changed that allowed curlers of any age to play in the men’s and women’s championships at the national level. This led Curl BC to make the same changes at the provincial level so that people of any age could enter men’s and women’s playdowns. At the same time, we asked players to signal their commitment to play at the succeeding level of play in the categories they entered.

While Curl BC continues to believe that athletes should never enter playdowns if they believe they have another commitment during the next level of play or they have no intention of progressing to the next level, we do understand that there are a few situations where a team will enter an event with the best of intentions but are aware of a potential conflict.

For example, a few junior teams in BC have been considering entering this season’s men’s playdowns for developmental purposes, but, because of limited wording of a rule, wouldn’t have been able to do so due to a conflict between the Brier and World Juniors in the first week of March.

For that reason, Curl BC decided to revise its rule as follows:

“Rule 5. (b) By submitting an entry to a Curl BC playdown, each of the four players on the team is signifying his/her commitment, if successful, to continue to compete at each succeeding level of playdowns (regional, provincial, national).
(i) In extreme circumstances or for developmental purposes for Under 21 players, a request can be made to the Curl BC CEO (or designate), PRIOR to the start of each event.
(ii) If for developmental purposes, the U21 players must make continuing to the next level of U21 their priority. If a winning U21 team is unable to continue to the next level of the Men’s or Women’s, then Rule 5 (c) regarding the selection of a replacement team comes into effect.”

As part of the request, teams are asked to submit the developmental rationale for the request along with the team’s competitive schedule for the year. These requests can be made in writing to sbraley@curlbc.ca.

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Take advantage of these upcoming webinars

By Rebecca Connop Price

Coaches can take advantage of some great webinars being offered through our High Performance Program. These cost $20 plus GST to take part in (except for High Performance Program members, who can take part for free).

Participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions from our experts.

The upcoming webinars are geared towards coaches. Click on the topic title to register for the webinar.

Topic Date and Time Presenter Target Cost (Free to HP Program Members) About
Team Dynamics Nov 6, 7:00pm Bill Tschirhart HPP, Coaches, Curl BC Members 20.00 + GST This Q and A based presentation will explore what has become the key element in the success of a curling team. We will touch on how to deal with the myriad of issues that can make a team greater than the sum of its parts or tear it apart.
Immune System Boosting and Supplements Nov 14, 7:00pm Melissa Kazan HPP, Coaches, Athletes, Curl BC Members 20.00+ GST This Webinar will focus on immune boosting through food, and education on ergogenic supplement vs. vitamin/mineral supplements, what blood parameters can be screened for to check for nutrient deficiency.
Advanced Curl Coach Nov 14, 6:00PM Stephen Orr Coaches 20.00 + GST Have you been using Curl Coach for a while and want to get more out of it?
In this session, Stephen Orr, the developer of Curl Coach will take you through some of the latest additions, little-known features and commonly asked questions about your e-charting tool. The session will be followed by an interactive Q&A session where you can ask “how do I?” questions. You can even request new features that may be missing today.
Charting to Win Nov 21, 7:00PM Stephen Orr Coaches 20.00 + GST Are you new considering charting your team? Do you need some convincing?
In this session, Stephen Orr, developer of Curl Coach, provides an introduction to charting using methods from Paper & Pencil through to dedicated app. What you can chart, how to use the data, and the Do’s and Don’t of curling stats and teams. No matter what approach you choose, this session will help you get off on the right foot and make the most of the data you generate.

For the full list of upcoming webinars, visit https://www.curlbc.ca/high-performance/calendar/.

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