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BC’s leading curling teams earn berths to provincials

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.

Team BC capture first national Travelers title

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

BC curler Christine Jurgenson inducted into Hall of Fame

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.

Curl BC revises rule on commitment to play

Curl BC would like to make teams entering playdowns aware of a new rule change. [Read more…]

Take advantage of these upcoming webinars

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). [Read more…]

Apply for scholarships for Sport for Life events

The Bob Bearpark Foundation approved four scholarships to support two participants to attend the 2018 Sport for Life Canadian Summit in the amount of $225 per person, and two others to attend the Sport for Life Society Leader’s School in the amount of $425 per person. [Read more…]

BC teams take on country’s best club curlers at Travelers

Dreams of winning a Canadian curling championship will come true for two of the 28 teams who open play today in the 2017 Travelers Curling Championship at the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club in Kingston, Ont. [Read more…]

Last chance to register your team for Hope playdowns

Women’s curling teams are descending on Hope for the opportunity to become champions of BC. [Read more…]

Nelson cash spiel honours late Curl BC volunteer

A cash spiel will take place in Nelson from Nov. 24-26 in honour of a former Curl BC volunteer. [Read more…]

Eight junior teams secure berths to Boston Pizza championships

Eight junior curling teams have secured berths to the 2018 Boston Pizza BC Junior Curling Championships because they earned the most points on the BC Junior Curling Tour. [Read more…]

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