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BC wheelchair teams just miss out on playoffs

The playoff match-ups are set at the 2019 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Que., after the final round robin draw wrapped up on Monday evening at the Club de curling de Boucherville.

After four days of pool play, the six teams moving forward to the playoffs have been determined.

B.C. was represented by two teams, and both teams were close to making playoffs, but missed out. The two teams were the BC Wheelchair Curling Championship gold medallists, Team Neighbour, and the second-place team, Team Austgarden.

Team Neighbour, with paralympian Darryl Neighbour as skip, featured third Bob McDonald, second Gary Cormack, lead Janice Ing and coach Vic Shimizu. The team from Tunnel Town and Delta Thistle finished in Pool B in fifth place with a 3-3 record.

B.C.’s second team, with skip Gerry Austgarden, third Rick Robinson, second Tracy Boyd, lead Marney Smithies, alternate Ina Forrest and coach Sharon Morrison, also finished with a 3-3 record in fourth place in Pool A. The team has connections to Kelowna Curling Club, Langley Curling Club, Richmond Curling Club and Delta Thistle Curling Club.

Playoff match-ups will be: Ontario 1 (Armstrong) and Alberta (Smart) both earn the bye to the semifinals. In the crossover games between Pool A and Pool B teams, Saskatchewan (Wright) team will meet Manitoba (Thiessen), while Ontario 2 (Rees) will play Northern Ontario (Dean). The winners of the crossover games will advance to the semifinals where the top seeds await.

The gold- and bronze-medal games will take place Wednesday, May 1, at noon.

To view the scoreboard, visit https://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/#!/competitions/4496.

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