(ISN) – The Kimberley Curling Club will be playing host to the annual 60+ Masters and 70+ Grand Masters combined curling championships starting on Tuesday, March 6 through Friday, March 9.
The championships between the Pacific Coast Master Curlers and the BC Interior Master Curlers Associations pits the ‘Senior Gentlemen’ from over 50 Curling Clubs from the Kootenays and Okanagan to the Mainland and Vancouver Island. Approximately 3500 curlers from daytime, retiree curling leagues participate in supporting the championships which have been held in one form or another since the late 1960′s and early 1970′s.
Both Associations are geographically separated into four Zones. Following Zone playdowns played earlier in the winter, the respective four Zone winners from each Association have earned to right to advance to Kimberley for the Combined Provincial Championships.
At stake are the Walter Hobbs Trophy, emblematic of the BC Interior Masters Curling Championship; the Guy Philp Trophy, emblematic of the Pacific Coast Masters Curling Championship and the overall, combined trophy – the Jack McAllister Trophy – emblematic of the Combined BC Masters Curling Championship for the 60+ Master Curlers in the Province.
Also at stake are the 70+ Grand Masters Championships. The BCIMCA 70+ Trophy emblematic of the BC Interior Masters 70+ Curling Championship; the Graham Donaldson Trophy, emblematic of the Pacific Coast Masters 70+ Championship and the 70+ Combined Trophy, emblematic of the BC Masters 70+ Curling Championship will be contested.
The championships follow a round-robin format with each team playing the other seven Zone winners in their event. If necessary, tiebreakers or shoot-outs will be played on the Friday to decide overall winners.
At the neighbouring Cranbrook Curling Club, the newly introduced 60+ Interior Mixed Championship will be contested by four Interior Zone winners and a resident ‘Host’ team from Cranbrook. This is the third year of the ‘Mixed’ championship. Unfortunately, the Pacific Coast are unable to send Mixed teams to join the festivities in the Kootenays this year.
Those wishing to follow the outcome of the Championship games can access www.playdowns.com.