Draw 4 of the 2019 BC Men’s and Women’s Curling Championship is in the bag and teams are beginning to heat up.
The sole women’s match saw Team Brown face off against Team Thompson in a match-up of skips from Kamloops.
The squads needed ten ends to decide this one with Karla Thompson’s side narrowly scraping by with a 7-6 victory.
Thompson, whose team is now 2-0 in the tournament, says it is never easy playing against Team Brown.
“I’m actually really good friends with Corryn (Brown) and Erin (Pincott),” she says. “We play on the same soccer team and Corryn’s sister lives with me, so it’s always tough playing them, but we just kind of play the rocks.”
This game came down to the last rock, with Brown having an opportunity to shoot for the win, which was a little nerve-wracking for Thompson.
“I don’t particularly want to leave Corryn a run-back because she’s super great at them but we got lucky this time.”
Quesnel’s Team Waffle drew a lot of attention in their second game of the tournament.
The home town favourites were cheered by a large contingent of school kids who got the morning off of school.
The young fans waved white towels in the air and went wild for every great shot.
It seemed to work in the early going as Team Waffle sprinted to a 3-2 lead going into the fifth end break, however a few missed shots and some solid play from Team Blandford resulted in an unfortunate 9-4 loss.
They will have a chance to grab their first victory in Draw 8 on Thursday afternoon.
A very close match between Team Klymchuk and Team Barry went into the eleventh end, with Barry scoring two to take an 8-6 win.
Also in men’s action, Team Geall got itself into the win column by handing Team Eden a 7-1 loss.
Last year’s BC Men’s champs faltered in their first game, so they made sure to right the ship in the second.
“It’s been tough ice,” says skip Sean Geall. “But we’re getting into it and I think we’ve got more experience than most of the teams with arena ice, so hopefully we can catch on quicker.”
And catch on they did, scoring in every end but the first and the seventh for a very complete game.
“We were a lot better than we were yesterday and we didn’t give them a lot of chances,” Geall says. “If we can continue down that road then we’ll have success.”
Team Wenzek also had a fairly dominant performance, beating Team Horning 8-2 on Sheet D.
They led 6-1 after three ends and were able to cleanse their palette of the loss to Team Tardi in Draw 2 and position themselves nicely with a 2-1 record in the round robin stage.
Although they won by a wide margin, skip Daniel Wenzek says there is always a challenge.
“I wouldn’t call anything an easy victory as all the teams here are fantastic.
“We just went out and made our shots and played our game … and it feels really good.”