Day 3 Recap & Playoff Sunday at the 2023 AMJ Campbell BC Mixed Curling Championships in Penticton
Day 3 of the 2023 AMJ Campbell BC Mixed Curling Championships was critical for teams as the last of the page playoff spots were determined.
In the morning, it was a battle of Vancouver Island for the B-Qualifier spot. Team de Jong (Victoria) and Team Craig (Victoria, Duncan) were both coming off extra end wins last night to get into this game. Team de Jong managed to clinch a playoff spot in a close game with. Their first playoff opponent would be Team Robillard (Royal City, Abbotsford, Nelson) in the evening draw’s Page 1v2 game.
The morning draw also saw three elimination games from the C-Event.
Team Tolley (Penticton) and Team Tanaka (Richmond, Royal City) faced each other for the second time this event. Team Tanaka had won the first time around, but there were no guarantees in this game. In the end, Team Tanaka slotted themselves into one of two C-Qualifier games that were played later that afternoon.
Their opponent was determined in a game between Team Pierce (Royal City, Winfield) and Team Pohlod (Royal City, Tunnel Town). The experienced Team Pierce got their spot in the C final game against Team [Tanaka].
In the other branch of the C-Event, Team Buchy (Kimberley) and Team Feeney (Penticton) were looking to keep moving through towards playoffs. Team Buchy would knock out the competition and would face Victoria and Duncan’s Team Craig for the final playoff spot.
Only two games were on the ice in the afternoon draw to determine the two C-Qualifiers.
One was between Team Tanaka and Team Pierce. Many well-known players were on the ice and it made for a great game. Team Tanaka squeaked their way into the C-Qualifier spot by a score after breaking the game wide open in the early stages leading 5-0. Team Tanaka drew for the win in the 8th end.
The second C-Qualifier was the last chance for defending champion Team Craig and perennial mixed contender Team Buchy to qualify for playoffs. The pressure fueled Team Craig to a 5-2 win in thanks to a steal of 3 in the 7th end.
The four qualifiers, Team Robillard, Team de Jong, Team Craig, and Team Tanaka, were back on the ice in the evening draw to kick the playoffs off at 6:00PM PST. Those who watched the 1v2 game were treated to an exciting evening of curling.
In the Page 1v2 game, Team Robillard looked to stay undefeated in the event, but Team de Jong was just as motivated to get the direct entry into Sunday’s final. Team de Jong led 6-2 after 4 ends thanks to some fantastic play however the 2021 BC Mixed Champions grabbed the spot with an 8-7 win thanks to great shot making and patience in the last 4 ends of play. win. Team de Jong still has a second chance through the semi-final this morning.
In the Page 3v4 game, Team Tanaka and Team Craig were on their third game of the day but you could never tell with the amount of energy present on the ice. Team Craig was successful in moving forward in the event, earning a spot in the semi-final with a 8-0 win.
The semi-final is being played as this went to print with Team de Jong leading Team Craig 2-1 with hammer playing the 4th.
A big thank you to all of the officials, timers, ice crew, volunteers, and fans at the Penticton Curling Club this week. The event would not have been this amazing without you.