Three teams have booked their trip to the 2016 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, after an exciting weekend in Kelowna.
Teams Gibson, Thompson and Van Osch qualified for the BC Scotties at the first women’s open playdown of the season, which took place at Kelowna Curling Club this weekend (Nov 27-29).
Team Gibson, from the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster, is made up of Fourth Lindsay Hudyma, Third Rebecca Turley, Second Michelle Dunn, Skip Amy Gibson (who throws lead rocks), alternate Kirsten Fox and coach Jay Batch. The team went undefeated in the event, winning the A Event final 7-5 against Diane Gushulak’s Royal City rink with a steal of 2 in the final end.
Team Thompson qualified from the B Event final with a 6-5 win over Team Gushulak in an extra end. The team from Kamloops Curling Club is made up of Skip Karla Thompson, Third Kristen Recksiedler, Second Tracey Lavery, Lead Trysta Vandale and Coach Garry Vandenbergh.
At the C Event final, Team Van Osch, with 2014 BC Scotties champion Kesa Van Osch at the helm, also faced Team Gushulak. The Nanaimo Curling Centre team, with Kesa’s sister Kalia Van Osch at Third, Shawna Jensen at Second, Carley St. Blaze playing Lead, Marika Van Osch as the alternate and coach Jim Newlands, beat Team Gushalak’s rink (Diane Gushulak , skip, Grace MacInnes, third, Jessie Sanderson, second, Sandra Comadina, lead, Neil Houston, coach) 7-5.
The three teams join Patti Knezevic’s Prince George rink, who will return to the championship in 2016 to defend her 2015 title. The team is made up of Knezevic, Kristen Pilote, Jen Rusnell and Rhonda Camozzi. The Kelowna rink of six-time BC women’s champion Kelly Scott, with Third Shannon Aleksic, Second Jenna Loder and Lead Sarah Pyke were the top CTRS (Canadian Team Ranking System) team and qualified based on those results.
The 2016 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, takes place at the Coquitlam Curling Club from January 19-24, 2016. The semi-finals and finals will be televised on Sportsnet.
The remaining three berths will be awarded at playdowns at the Golden Ears Winter Club from December 11-13. Visit http://www.playdowns.com to view the team line-ups and to follow the live scores.