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Team Cotter wins 2019 BC Men’s Curling Championship

Jim Cotter further ingrained his name into BC curling history on Sunday morning at the West Fraser Centre in Quesnel as he led his team to a win in the final of the 2019 BC Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Barkerville Historic Town & Park and Nufloors.

Representing Vernon and Kelowna Curling Clubs, Cotter, along with third Steve Laycock, second Tyrel Griffith, lead Rick Sawatsky, and fifth Brad Wood were named the 2019 BC Men’s Champions after a 9-4 victory over Victoria Curling Club’s Team Montgomery.

Team Cotter went undefeated all event, winning the A event final 7-5 against Jason Montgomery’s team of third Cameron de Jong, second Miles Craig and lead Will Duggan to progress straight to the playoffs. They then faced Team Montgomery again in the 1-2 page playoff game, once again coming away with the win (this time with a score of 9-3) to secure their spot in the final.

“Team Montgomery, they’re a fabulous team,” said Cotter. “We knew they’d be coming on full force.”

This 2019 victory marks the eighth BC Men’s Championship title for Cotter and Sawatsky and the sixth for Griffith. While Laycock has represented Saskatchewan numerous times at the Tim Hortons Brier, this is the first time that he has won the BC Championship.

“Probably our strongest thing is our team bond, it’s just remarkable,” said Cotter. “We’re really close on and off the ice and I think that that’s what brings success.”

Team Cotter will represent BC at the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier in Brandon, Manitoba from March 2 to 10. More information on the 2019 Brier can be found at www.curling.ca/2019brier/.

“It never gets old, it feels great,” said Cotter of returning to the Brier. “The guys played fabulous all week, and I couldn’t be happier right now.”

Next up is the final of the 2019 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, featuring Team Wark and Team Brown, which starts at 2:00pm PT and will be broadcast on Shaw Spotlight and livestreamed on cbcsports.ca.

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

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