Top women’s curling teams gear up for BC Scotties

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January 12, 2013, (ISN) – The best women’s curling teams in the province will be gathering at Cloverdale Curling Club in Surrey this weekend as they prepare for the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western.

2013 marks the return of the BC Scotties to Cloverdale. The Surrey club hosted the event back in January 2011 and they are preparing for another busy week.

The event starts on Monday, January 14, with the first draws taking place at 11 a.m. Tickets for all draws are available at the club and the semi-finals on January 19 and the finals on January 20 will be televised on Shaw TV.

Cloverdale Manager Judy MacKinnon said everyone at the club really enjoyed hosting the event in 2011.

She said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the return of the curlers, fans and sponsors as well as showcasing the City of Surrey and the community of Cloverdale.”

She added: “We have a great facility and we have excellent ice. I think hosting the event in 2011 put the Cloverdale Curling Club on the curling fan and curler map, so we’re happy to have the Scotties return.”

Kelly Scott, who is looking for her fourth title in a row, and who won at Cloverdale in 2011, will be back in action with a slightly different team line-up to the winning team from that year. Lead Sarah Wazney will be on the team in place of Jacquie Armstrong. The Kelowna team also features Third Jeanna Schraeder and Second Sasha Carter.

The team to earn their spot at the championship through CTRS (Canadian Team Ranking System) points was Team Mallett. The team is made up of Skip Marla Mallett (Langley), Third Kelly Shimizu (Richmond), Second Shannon Ward (Burnaby), Lead Barb Zbeetnoff (Langley), Fifth Danielle Callens (Osoyoos) and Coach Victor Shimizu (Richmond).

Also competing will be Team MacInnes, made up of Skip Allison MacInnes (Kamloops), Third Grace MacInnes (Langley), Second Diane Gushulak (Vancouver) and Lead Jacalyn Brown (Port Moody). Their home rink is the Abbotsford Curling Club where their coach, Ken MacDonald, is the manager.

Team Brosseau from the Juan De Fuca Curling Club is made up of Skip Simone Brosseau (Victoria), Fourth Sarah Wark (Shawnigan), Second Kim McLandress (Chilliwack) and Lead Janelle Erwin (Nanaimo). Fifth Pat Sanders lives in Victoria, while coach Roselyn Craig lives in Duncan.

Team Groundwater from Williams Lake Curling Club feature Simone Groundwater, skip, Third Laura Ball and Lead Cindy Brady, who all hail from Williams Lake. Second Mallory Sandhu is from Surrey.

Three of the teams won spots at the championship after successfully competing in the first of three women’s qualification events in Vernon on the weekend of November 16 to 18.

Those teams include the A Event qualifiers, Team Richter, from the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster. The team is made up of Skip – Marilou Richter (Richmond), Third – Darah Provencal (Nanaimo), Second – Jessie Sanderson (Coquitlam), Lead – Sandra Comadina (Vancouver) and Coach – Sharon Morrison.

The B Event qualifiers were Team Knezevic, from the Prince George Golf & Curling Club, made up of Skip – Patti Knezevic, Third – Kristen Fewster, Second – Jen Rusnell, Lead – Rhonda Camozzi, Fifth – Falon Burkitt and Coach – Rick Fewster.

The C Event qualifiers were Team Kuhn from the Vernon Curling Club. The team is skipped by Roberta Kuhn and has Karla Thompson as Third, Michelle Ramsay as Second and Christen Wilson as Lead.

At the final open women’s qualification event, held in Vernon, Team Fox and Team Olsen, both from the Royal City Curling Club, came out on top.

Team Fox is made up of Skip Kirsten Fox (Port Coquitlam), Third Kristen Recksiedler (Vancouver), Second Trysta Vandale (Port Moody), Lead Dawn Suliak (Vancouver) and coaches Fred Fox (Maple Ridge) and Brett Kury (Maple Ridge).

Team Olsen is made up of Skip Lori Olsen, Third Rachelle Kallechy, Second Lindsae Page, Lead Kelsi Jones, Fifth Theresa Tourand and coach Katie Witt.

The Cloverdale Curling Club (formally the Valley Curling Club) was formed in 1954 and has six sheets of ice. It is the home of past champions Craig Lepine (BC Mixed Champion), Karin Lepine (BC Mixed & Canadian Senior Women’s silver medalist), Caroline Koehler (BC Master Women’s Champion) and Tyler Klymchuk (BC Junior Men’s Champion).

Do you want tickets to the BC Scotties? Tickets are $40 for a full event pass and $5 for a single game/draw. To get your ticket, visit the Cloverdale Curling Club or call 604-574-4483 or visit for more information.

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