2023 BC Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships Day One Recap
Eighteen men’s and eight women’s teams arrived at the Langley Curling Centre this week to kick off the 2023 BC Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships. There was no shortage of skill in the building as many recognizable competitors were hitting the ice for this triple knockout format.
Draw 1 saw the opening matches for the men’s side. Team Richards (Quesnel) took on one of the home teams, Team Schellekens (Langley). Team Schellekens opened with a 6-2 win, and they would face defending champions Team Craig (Duncan, Nanaimo, Comox) in Draw 2.
Right next to them, Team Lepine (Langley, Vancouver) played against Team Buchy (Kimberley, Kelowna, Castlegar). With a final score of 8-1, Team Buchy moves into the next round of the A-Event.
Team Strathdee (Penticton, Abbotsford) took on Team O’Driscoll (Royal City) in the morning draw. Team O’Driscoll came through with a strong performance, leading to an 8-6 win.
Team Frycz (Langley) was hoping to have a big win on home ice against Team Nichol (Castlegar, Fruitvale, Grand Forks, Nelson). The final score (7-3) went in favor of Team Nichol.
Team Wood (Victoria) and Team Leighton (Chilliwack) were playing for their spot in the next game against Team Koyanagi (Royal City). Team Wood were successful in the hunt for their first win. Final score was 9-3.
In the last game on the ice in Draw 1, Team Greenlaw (Osoyoos, Marpole, VCC, Duncan) met with Team McArdle (Royal City). Team Greenlaw grabbed their first W with a final score of 13-2.
The men were back on the ice in the afternoon for Draw 2.
Team Craig stepped on the ice for their debut draw against Team Schellekens. Team Craig booked their spot in an A-Semi Thursday morning with a 10-1 win.
Team Koyanagi also had their debut game against Team Wood. Team Koyanagi also booked a spot in an A-Semi Thursday morning. Final score was 5-3.
Two more games were on the ice in the A-Event that featured only teams that had not yet played a game in the event. In the Team Longworth (Vernon) and Team Sutton (Victoria) game, Team Sutton grabbed a 6-5 win. In the Team Wright (Kelowna, Comox) and Team Ihlen (McArthur Island, Kamloops), Team Wright was the lucky winner with a score of 8-3.
B-Event action was also happening during Draw 2. Team Richards was looking for their first win, but Team Lepine had the same goal. Team Richards avoided an opening day fall to the C-Event by a score of 8-3. In the Team Strathdee versus Team Frycz game, it was Team Frycz avoiding the fall on that side by a score of 6-5.
In the last draw of the day, Draw 3, the women’s event finally started up with four games on the ice.
Home team, Team Andrews (Langley), took on Team Fedoruk (Victoria). Team Andrews got their opening draw win with a score of 8-4.
Team Gushulak (Royal City, Kelowna) opened against Team Richter (Penticton). With a great performance, Team Gushulak finished the game 6-5.
Team Andrews will play Team Gushulak tomorrow afternoon at 2:00pm in the A-Event. Team Fedoruk and Team Richter will play in the B-Event on Thursday, also at 2:00pm.
Team Cowan (Royal City, Vancouver) was ready to go in their game against Team Arsenault (Vernon, Parksville). Between these two experienced teams, Team Cowan took the 6-4 win to move on through the A-Event.
The final women’s game on the ice in this draw was between Team Mychaluk (Langley, Royal City, Parksville) and Team Ernst (Quesnel). Team Mychaluk earned their step forward in the A-Event by a 10-5 win.
Team Cowan will play their next A-Event game at 2:00pm Thursday against Team Mychaluk. Team Arsenault and Team Ernst will meet in the B-Event at 2:00pm Thursday afternoon.
In this draw, there were also two men’s B-Event games taking place. Team Leighton and Team McArdle had a chance to regroup before this game with a break in Draw 2. Team Leighton used that break to their advantage to get a 6-4 win.
Team Longworth and Team Ihlen were also coming off a quick break in Draw 2. They slid onto the ice ready to play. Team Longworth were the ones staying in the B-Event with a 7-2 win.
Men’s games continue Thursday morning at 9:00am.
Watch the even live on the Curl BC YouTube channel: Curl BC – YouTube
This event is supported in part by grants from the Province of British Columbia and Hosting BC.