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Final contenders for BC Scotties title decided

The final line-up for the 2014 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western, has been decided. [Read more…]

Four rinks punch tickets to Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship

Four men’s curling teams have punched their tickets to the Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship. [Read more…]

Curling playdowns will decide final Scotties contenders and regional men’s winners

The final line-up for the 2014 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western, will be decided this weekend. [Read more…]

Top men’s teams qualify for 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship

Six men’s curling teams secured berths to the 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship at regional qualifiers held over the weekend (Dec 6-8).

And a seventh team has secured a berth based on Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) points – Team Morris, from Vernon & Kelowna curling clubs. The team has spent the past few weeks battling for a berth to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the 2013 Capital One Road to the Roar and the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings. After a fantastic set of results, they made it to the Roar final, but lost out to Team Brad Jacobs, from Northern Ontario.

Team Morris – with John Morris (skip), Jim Cotter (throwing fourth rocks), Tyrel Griffith (second) and Rick Sawatsky (lead) – get a berth to provincials for being the top B.C. men’s team based on CTRS ranking.

They will join Team Andrew Bilesky, from the Royal City Curling Club, who has automatic entry into the championship for winning last year’s event. The team is rounded out by Steve Kopf (third), Derek Errington (second) and Aaron Watson (lead).

The 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship will take place at the Vancouver Curling Club from February 5-9, 2014.

Six berths have gone to the winners of three regional playdowns. A further two regional playdowns will take place this weekend and a final open event will take place in January – these three events will decide the final eight berths. Playdown scores can be accessed at www.playdowns.com under the Curl BC tab.

The Prince George Golf and Curling Club will send Team Bill Cameron to provincials.  The team, with Third Cale Rusnell, Second Mike Hansen and Lead London Blundell, beat Team McInnis from the same club at northern playdowns to earn their berth.

Two Kootenays teams have also earned berths after playdowns. Team Tom Buchy, from the Kimberley Curling Club, is back for another shot at the BC title. Skip Tom Buchy, Third Fred Thomson, Second Dave Toffolo and Lead Darren Will return to the BC championship with a new player (Thomson) after coming in fourth place at last year’s event in Parksville.

Team Trevor Perepolkin, from the Castlegar Curling Club, earned the B event spot at the Kootenays playdowns. The team is rounded out by Third Deane Horning, Second Tyler Orme, Lead Don Freschi, alternate Kevin Nesbitt and Coach Terry Bublitz. Perepolkin is a four-time BC Junior Men’s champion, but has never won a Men’s championship.

Three teams from the Lower Mainland also qualified over the weekend. Team Dean Joanisse from the Royal City Curling Club qualified in the A event, Team Grant Dezura, from the Golden Ears Winter Club qualified in the B event, and Team Brent Pierce, from the Royal City Curling Club, qualified in the C event.

Team Joanisse, rounded out by Mike Johnson (throwing fourth rocks), Second Paul Cseke and Lead John Cullen, is made up of a newly formed line-up this year. Joanisse is a past BC men’s champion and he and his teammates recently placed second place at the Kamloops Crown of Curling cashspiel. In addition to being a competitive curler, lead Cullen does stand-up comedy and a regular interview feature for Curling Zone, an online portal for curling fans.

Team Dezura, rounded out by Kevin MacKenzie (throwing fourth rocks), Second Jamie Smith, Lead Kevin Recksiedler and alternate Jay Peachey all have BC championship experience, but this is a new line-up for 2014. The team finished first in the Kamloops Crown of Curling. Dezura is a former BC Junior champion and MacKenzie is the brother of Kelly Scott, the six-time BC Scotties champion.

Team Pierce, rounded out by Sean Geall (throwing fourth rocks), Second Sebastien Robillard, Lead Mark Olson, alternate Ken Maskiewich and coach Katie Witt, is an experienced rink. Pierce has travelled to three Briers and, with a different team, he won silver in last year’s Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship.

The remaining three qualification events will be held at Kamloops Curling Club (Dec. 13-15), Victoria Curling Centre (Dec. 13-15) and Salmon Arm Curling Club (Jan. 10-12).

The 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship will take place at the Vancouver Curling Club from February 5-9, 2014 and will be televised on Sportsnet. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit http://cdimens2014.curlbc.ca.  




About Curl BC
Curl BC is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the development, promotion and organization of curling in British Columbia. Curl BC is also responsible for the championship system that declares provincial representation at National events. In cooperation with its Members, Curl BC provides services to both competitive and recreational curlers, including a variety of adaptive groups.


Jacobs, Jones triumph in battle for coveted Olympic spots

First the Tim Hortons Brier, and now the Olympics.

Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, team have earned the right to represent Canada at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, after their 7-4 victory over B.C.’s Team Morris at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings. 

“This is incredible. What a special team we have. To go and win the Brier last year and now win the Trials is unbelievable,” Jacobs said, speaking to reporters after the final game at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. “I never thought that this would ever happen for a second.”

Morris and his Vernon/Kelowna team of Jim Cotter, Tyrel Griffith, Rick Sawatsky, alternate Jason Gunnlaugson and coach Pat Ryan, had come off of a win over Morris’s ex-team-mate Kevin Martin in the semi-final the previous day. But they did not play as well as they had on Saturday, shooting 81 per cent. Team Jacobs, which went undefeated through round-robin play, shot at 92 per cent.

Jacobs and team-mates Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden, alternate Caleb Flaxey and coach Tom Coulterman, probably realized their Olympic dreams could come true after the ninth end. Jacobs led Morris 5-4 at that point and Cotter (throwing fourth stones for Morris) drew to the top four, tempting Jacobs with a difficult slash double for two. The Jacobs team nailed the double to take a 7-4 lead and ran Morris out of rocks in the 10th.

Morris knew it would be pretty hard to defeat the Jacobs team, who had been so accurate with their hits all week long.

“They made everything against us in the first game with all of their hits,” Morris said. “Same thing this game and we didn’t put enough heat on them to get more points. It’s frustrating because I thought we had a better chance but we didn’t play the way we could have.”

Team Jennifer Jones from Winnipeg, Manitoba, captured their berth to the Olympics on Saturday evening. (Dec. 7).

Jones defeated Sherry Middaugh of Coldwater, Ont., 8-4 in the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, presented by Monsanto, final and has earned the right to represent Canada at the Olympics. 

“You dream of it since you’re a little kid and we’ve had many dreams come true, but this is so rare — this opportunity. Our dreams came true today in the most amazing way. It’s unbelievable,” Jones said moments after stepping off the ice from her victory.

Two scores of three helped secure the victory for Jones and her team of Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn Askin, alternate Kirsten Wall and coach Janet Arnott.



Morris, Cotter, Griffith, Sawatsky one game away from Sochi

Defending Olympic champion John Morris beat his old team-mate Kevin Martin when it counted – and it has given him the opportunity to try for a second trip to the Olympics.  [Read more…]

BC wheelchair curlers named to Paralympic team

BC has a strong presence on the veteran wheelchair curling team that will head to the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games.

The team will be hoping for a third consecutive wheelchair curling gold medal for Canada when they head to Russia for the March 7 to 16 Games. [Read more…]

Team Morris face Team Martin in semifinals for chance to head to Olympics

A BC team is tantalizingly close to earning a ticket to the Olympics after they secured their spot in the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings semifinals.

Team Morris, skipped by defending Olympic champion John Morris and rounded out by BC team-mates Jim Cotter (who throws fourth rocks), Tyrel Griffith (Second) and Rick Sawatsky (Lead), lost by a single point in the extra end in their last game of round-robin play on Friday (Dec. 6).

But, with Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen losing to Alberta’s Kevin Koe in the same draw, it was enough to secure the team third place in the trials, and a coveted spot in the semis to keep their Olympic hopes alive.

Team Morris, representing the Vernon and Kelowna curling clubs, will face Team Kevin Martin in the semi final game on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11:30am PT (on TSN). The winner of that game will face defending Canadian champions Team Brad Jacobs in the final on Sunday (12noon PT on TSN).

Morris and Martin are former team-mates, winning Olympic Gold at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, giving both fiercely competitive skips added incentive to secure the win.

After Friday’s game, Morris said: “We had a good battle out there. Maybe one strategic [call] and one or two shots here and there and we could have won that game.

“I feel really good going into the playoffs. I think if you had told us at the start of the year you would have to beat Kevin Martin and Brad Jacobs to win the trials, we would have been pretty happy with that, especially not having a berth here.

“We’re in a good position. We going to have for sure a good set of rocks, we can choose from all four sheets. I think we’re going to keep battling like we’re playing. We’re playing pretty good and if we can pick it up even a half notch, then we can win this thing.”


AMJ Campbell moves in as new sponsor of Curl BC

Curl BC is delighted to welcome AMJ Campbell Van Lines as a new sponsor. [Read more…]

Two more women’s teams qualify for BC Scotties

Two women’s teams from the Lower Mainland have qualified for the 2014 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western.

The teams earned their berths at an open playdown event held at the Kelowna Curling Club this weekend. [Read more…]

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