Competition heats up at the BC Scotties

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January 16, 2013, (ISN) – The scoreboard is starting to take shape as the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts BC Women’s Curling Championship heads into day three.

Defending champion Kelly Scott remains the only undefeated rink (4-0) at the event, which started on Monday at Cloverdale Curling Club in Surrey.

But 2009 champion Marla Mallett and her team remain close behind with a 3-1 record going into today’s 11am draw. Patti Knezevic’s Prince George rink is also 3-1 going into today. The two teams are playing each other, with the result deciding who will take second – or even first – place.

Terry Vandale, chair of Curl BC’s board of governors, said the event had been great so far, especially for curling fans.

“Things are going very well. The attendance is amazing – it shocks me. Normally at an event like this the days are quiet and the evening draws are busy. People work during the day, so usually there’s not that many here besides family and friends,” she said.

“But for a lot of the 11am draws this week, there have been 5-6 rows of people on the bleachers, which is great to see.”

There’s been a very high standard of curling as well, with lots of close games.

Terry said: “There have been a few extra end games, and it’s been right down to the last rock for other games.”

On Tuesday night, all the fans stayed until the last rock of the last game, as Knezevik took on Allison MacInnes in their fourth draw. “It was tied up going home. The fans stayed right to the last shot.”

Knezevik just edged MacInnes’s Abbotsford Curling Club rink 8-7.

Visit http://www.playdowns.com/curlbc/event.php?id_cmp=485 for up-to-date results.

For draw times and ticket information, visit http://bcscotties2013.curlbc.ca and click on Event Info.

Colour Time gives junior curlers boost

Junior curlers from BC have been given a big boost thanks to the generous support of Colour Time Printing and Digital Imaging.

On behalf of Colour Time, General Manager John Plonka gave $750 to both Team Brown, from Kamloops Curling Club, and Team Klymchuk, from Langley/Victoria curling centres.

The two teams head to the M&M Meat Shops Junior Nationals in Fort McMurray, Alberta, from February 2 to 10. They earned their spot at the nationals after coming first in the 2013 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships. Colour Time was a major sponsor at that event.

John said he wanted to provide the cheques as a thank you to the young curlers.

He said: “I have been able to watch most of the curlers progress from juvenile to the junior level and what struck me during the week was how this small elite group of curlers were so competitive on the ice but more like a family off of it.

“You can really see the evolving friendships between teams and their bond through the sport of curling. The maturity and poise the teams showed throughout the whole week was something I haven’t seen in a lot of other sports, if any, at any level.

“I wanted to contribute something as a thank you to all of the teams for the fantastic show they put on during the week both on and off of the ice. An extremely impressive group of young adults that I hope to help again in the near future.”

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