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Leaders emerge at 2018 BC Scotties

It was a great day for curlers from Kamloops as the third day of the Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, came to a close.

Kamloops-based skip Karla Thompson led her team to their fifth straight victory with an 8-2 win over Cloverdale/Royal City’s Team Gyles, securing a 5-0 record and a playoff position. Team Thompson is rounded out by third Kristen Recksiedler (Coquitlam), second Shannon Joanisse (Abbotsford), lead Trysta Vandale (Port Moody) and alternate Diane Dezura (Maple Ridge).

Meanwhile, Team Brown, with three of the Kamloops curlers who represented Canada in Sochi at the junior worlds in 2013, improved their record to 4-1, with an 11-3 victory over Kelowna’s Team Ludwar. The rink features Corryn Brown, Erin Pincott, Dezaray Hawes (Anmore) and Samantha Fisher.

Also near the top of the table is Royal City’s Team Gushulak (4-1), who were last year’s silver medallists.

Vernon’s Team Slattery (2-3) and Nanaimo’s Team Van Osch (2-3) will be looking for the last playoff spot, with Team Donaldson (1-4) and Team Gyles (1-4) needing their fortunes to change.

The BC Scotties started on Jan. 2 and will conclude with the final at 4pm on Jan. 7.

The teams are competing for the chance to represent BC at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women’s Curling Championship in Penticton from Jan. 27 to Feb. 4.

The final four games of the Victoria event will be televised on Shaw TV and streamed on YouTube on Jan. 6 and 7, but fans in Victoria are encouraged to see the action live at Victoria Curling Club.

Team Brown and Team Gushulak were the first teams to secure places at the BC Scotties based on their CTRS (Canadian Team Ranking System) points. Three more teams qualified for the BC Scotties at playdowns at Hope Curling Club in early December: Team Slattery, Team Thompson and Vancouver/Victoria’s Team Donaldson. The final three BC Scotties spots were clinched at playdowns at Kelowna Curling Club: Team Ludwar, Team Gyles and Team Van Osch.

Tickets for the BC Scotties are available at Victoria Curling Club or online at http://victoriacurlingclub.com/bc-scotties-tickets/.

Visit http://playdowns.curlbc.ca to see team rosters, linescores, standings and draw times. Visit https://www.curlbc.ca/communications/tv-schedules/ for the television/livestream schedule including links.

Follow the event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaScotties/ and Twitter @2018BCScotties. Curl BC information is available at http://www.curlbc.ca and Twitter and Instagram @CurlBC.

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