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Playoffs set to begin at 2018 BC Scotties

The battle for the place at the top of the leaderboard was a close one, but Team Thompson edged it with a 7–6 win over Team Gushulak.

The Kamloops/Golden Ears rink of Karla Thompson is rounded out by Kristen Reckiedler, Shannon Joanisse, Trysta Vandale and Diane Dezura. The team took the number one spot because they suffered only one loss during round-robin play and finished with a 6-1 record.

Three teams finished with 5-2 records, Team Gushulak, Team Brown and Team Van Osch, and have secured the final three playoff spots.

Team Van Osch battled back from a 3-2 record on day 3 to take second position in the standings, with two wins on closing day and the best last-stone-draw record compared with the other tied teams. The team of Nanaimo sisters, Kesa, Marika and Kalia Van Osch are rounded out by Vancouver lead Amy Gibson.

Team Brown’s decisive 10-3 victory over Vernon’s Team Slattery in the final round-robin game secured their playoff spot. This is the first year of women’s play for the Kamloops rink of Corryn Brown, Erin Pincott, Dezaray Hawes and Samantha Fisher. The team has vast experience at the junior level, including a trip to world juniors in 2013.

The Royal City rink of Diane Gushulak, Grace MacInnes, Jessie Sanderson, Ashley Sanderson and Sandra Comadina, meanwhile, took the number four spot. They narrowly missed out on the top spot when Gushulak’s final rock was too heavy and rolled off the shot rock.

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

Fans in Victoria are encouraged to watch this weekend’s action live at Victoria Curling Club at 1952 Quadra Street. The cost per draw is just $5 to watch the best women’s curlers in the province vie 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.

For curling fans unable to come to the club, television and livestreaming options are available. The page 1-2 playoff goes ahead on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 2pm and the page 3-4 playoff follows at 7pm. The semi-final goes ahead on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 11am and the final goes ahead at 4pm. The games can be watched province-wide on Shaw TV community stations, nation-wide on Shaw Direct 299 or on Shaw YouTube.

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.

Visit http://playdowns.curlbc.ca to see the full team roster, linescores, draw times and standings. 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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