Lead Cal Jackson (left) and second Derek Ryan sweep for Team Blandford as the Victoria-based team takes on Team Cotter, out of Vernon and Kelowna, in the third draw. Team Cotter won this game 9-2. Lindsay Chung photo

Team Wark is first women’s team to reach two wins in provincial play

Draw 3 on Day 1 of provincial curling play in Quesnel saw three close games on the women’s side

Lindsay Chung

Observer Reporter

Day One of the B.C. Men’s Curling Championship and the Scotties B.C. Women’s Curling Championship at the West Fraser Centre is in the books, and there were lots of great highlights throughout the day.

In the third draw, which started Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. following the Opening Ceremonies, Team Cotter, from Kelowna and Vernon, defeated Victoria’s Team Blandford 9-2, while Team Joanisse from the Golden Ears, Royal City and Victoria curling clubs won 9-2 against Team Barry from Golden Ears in the other men’s game.

All of the women’s games were very close in the final draw of the day, as Abbotsford’s Team Wark beat Team Slattery of Vernon 8-7, Team Hudyma from Vancouver beat Team Gushulak from Royal City 8-7, and Team Richards, from Kelowna, Victoria and Prince George, defeated the defending provincial champions, Team Van Osch from Nanaimo, Parksville and Vancouver, 7-6.

With the win, Team Wark became the only women’s team with two wins, and the team of Sarah Wark, Kristen Pilote, Carley Sandwith and Michelle Dunn leads the women’s standings with a 2-0 record going into Day 2 of competition.

Teams Brown and Thompson are both 1-0, teams Hudyma, Richards and Slattery are 1-1, and teams Van Osch and Gushulak are 0-2.

Play has already begun today, Wednesday, Jan. 30, and in the men’s competition, just four teams remain in the A event. Team Tardi from Langley and Victoria, who just won the 2019 New Holland Canadian Juniors Championship and is the 2019 B.C. Junior Men’s Champions, plays Team Montgomery from Victoria today (Jan. 30) at 2 p.m., while Team Cotter plays Team Joanisse at the same time to see who earns a spot in the A event final.

B event play began this morning for the men, and so far, Team Wenzek from Langley, Royal City and Kamloops has defeated Team Horning from Castlegar 8-2. Three games are still in progress, and Team Blandford from Victoria is currently beating Quesnel’s Team Waffle 5-4 after seven ends, the defending provincial champions from Abbotsford’s Team Geall are winning 6-1 against Kelowna’s Team Eden after seven ends, and Team Klymchuk of Royal City, Kamloops and Victoria has a 5-4 lead over Team Barry after seven ends.

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

The Observer will have results and photos throughout the day at quesnelobserver.com.

Lindsay Chung
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Heather Hansen, third for Team Hudyma out of Vancouver, throws a rock in her team’s 8-7 win against Team Gushulak during the third draw of Day One, Jan. 29 at the West Fraser Centre. Lindsay Chung photo

Team Slattery competes during the third draw of the opening day of provincial competition. The team from Vernon lost a close-fought battle against Abbotsford’s Team Wark, falling 8-7. Team Wark is the only undefeated women’s team, finishing Day One with a 2-0 record. Lindsay Chung photo

Second Steph Jackson Baier throws a rock for Team Richards during Draw 3 Jan. 29 at the West Fraser Centre. Team Richards, with athletes from Kelowna, Victoria and Prince George, beat the defending provincial champions, Team Van Osch from Nanaimo, Parksville and Vancouver, 7-6. Lindsay Chung photo

Skip Kesa Van Osch throws a rock as her team competes against Team Richards in the third draw. Team Richards beat the defending provincial champions 7-6 in this game. Lindsay Chung photo

Skip Sarah Wark throws a rock in her team’s 8-7 victory against Team Slattery during the third draw on Jan. 29. Wark’s Abbotsford-based squad is the first women’s team to earn two wins after winning both its games on the first day of provincial competition. Lindsay Chung photo

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