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Quesnel 2019 Day 1 Highlights: Wark leads women’s standings, Waffle a hometown favourite

Competition finally got under way at the West Fraser Centre  on Tuesday morning after BC’s best men’s and women’s curlers were warmly welcomed to Quesnel the night before with an opening banquet featuring entertainment from Barkerville Historic Town & Park.

A large crowd was on hand at the opening draw to cheer on the hometown team competing in the 2019 BC Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Barkerville Historic Town & Park and Nufloors. While the team of Brady Waffle, Eric Eriksson, Mike Pagurut and Dave Vatamaniuck fell 13-2 to Langley, Royal City and Kamloops’ Team Wenzek, the crowd, which included classes from local schools, remained enthusiastic right through the final handshakes.

The opening draw also featured a rematch of last year’s BC Women’s Curling Championship final. Reigning champions Kesa Van Osch, Kalia Van Osch, Marika Van Osch and Amy Gibson of Nanaimo, Parksville and Vancouver took on Karla Thompson’s new Kamloops team of Holly Donaldson, Megan Daniels and Cassie Savage to kick off the 2019 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western and Nufloors. The result would be the reverse of that of the 2018 BC Scotties, with Team Thompson winning 6-5.

Fresh off of their gold medal win at the 2019 New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championships, Langley and Victoria’s Team Tardi continued their winning streak in draw two. Tyler Tardi, Sterling Middleton, Matthew Hall and Alex Horvath beat a team that includes three of Tardi’s former junior curling teammates (one of which is his brother), Team Wenzek. The Langley, Royal City and Kamloops group of Daniel Wenzek, Jared Kolomaya, Jordan Tardi, and Nicholas Meister lost 8-5.

Draw two saw the first game of the event to go to an extra end.  Abbotsford’s Team Wark led 5-4 going into the tenth end, but Vancouver’s Team Hudyma scored a single point to tie the game. However, Sarah Wark, Kristen Pilote, Carley Sandwith and Michelle Dunn took the win 6-5 after the extra end.

In the last draw of the day, Team Wark became the first women’s team to get to two wins, with an 8-7 victory over Vernon’s team of Kim Slattery, Alyssa Kyllo, Kelsi Jones and Morgayne Eby. Team Wark leads the women’s standings going into day two.

In the men’s competition, just four teams remain in the A event. Team Tardi plays Team Montgomery and Team Cotter plays Team Joanisse on Wednesday at 2:00pm PT  for a spot in the A event final. B event play begins on Wednesday at 9:00am PT.

Live scores and schedules are available at playdowns.curlbc.ca. More information, including ticket prices and rosters, can be found at quesnel2019.curlbc.ca.

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