By Mike Hanafin
For the first time in the Pacific International Cup’s 18-year history, a Richmond team won a championship at their home club!
Richmond’s Kim Dennis took the women’s title with an 8-3 win over Nevada.
The team with Skip Kim Dennis, Third Heather Beatty, Second Dawn Mesana, and lead Jenn Gauthier were also crowned BC Club Champions and are heading to the Travelers Canadian Club Curling Championship this November in Kingston, Ontario.
The BC Women’s finals saw Richmond beat Comox Valley 7-2 in front of large home-club crowd. A tight game was turned on its head in the 4th end–Richmond stole 5 after Comox Valley skip Val Schultz threw her last rock draw too deep against 5. Richmond
In the women’s PIC final against Nevada, the teams swapped points with hammer until the 7th end, when Richmond stole one to take a crucial two-point lead.
Nevada went all-out to score 2 in the final end, but their last shot was a bit wide and Richmond stole 3 more to clinch the win.
In the BC Men’s final, Nanaimo won their 8th straight game and earned their trip to Kingston. But it wasn’t easy, edging Vancouver 4-3. Nanaimo Skip Bart Sawyer jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but Vancouver managed to fight back and keep it close, stealing one in the 7th end to get within one, and forcing a ‘nervous 8th’ end for Nanaimo. Sawyer, Third Steve Waatainen, Second Craig Burton, and Lead Keith Clarke are also on their way to Kingston to represent B.C. in November.
The men’s PIC final was a battle of undefeated teams— Washington and Nanaimo, both with 8 straight wins. Washington jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, thanks in part to a pickedrock on Nanaimo Skip Bart Sawyer’s last rock in the fourth end. Nanaimo battled back to tie it 3-3 after 6, but Washington executed a near-perfect 7th to score 3, and ran Nanaimo out of rocks in the final end for 6-3 win.
The PIC is one of the premier curling events in the world for the development of the sport at the grass-roots level. Only true “club” teams are eligible. It provides B.C. club champions, American state club champions, and international club curling teams with an opportunity to showcase their skills, while fostering the social traditions of the game.
The PIC also raises money for the event’s official charity: Spinal Cord Injury BC. Many thanks go to the generosity of the participating curlers and sponsors who contributed prizes to
Saturday’s silent auction, which raised a total of $7,410!
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