The road to the BC Scotties final

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January 19, 2013, (ISN) – As the fifth day of the 2013 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, heads into the home stretch, five teams are still in contention.  But one team is about to get its marching orders.

Allison MacInnes’s Abbotsford rink is facing Marilou Richter, from the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster, in a tie-breaker game that is due to wrap up this afternoon.

The winner of the MacInnes/Richter game will play Marla Mallett’s Cloverdale Curling Club rink in a Saturday morning match-up, with the winner advancing to the semi-final.

Meanwhile, top-placed teams Kelly Scott’s Kelowna rink and Patti Knezevic’s Prince George rink face off this evening at 7pm for a guaranteed spot in the final.

The loser of the game will go to the semi-final on Saturday.

Saturday’s semi-final (5:30pm) and Sunday’s final (2pm) will be televised on Shaw TV.

Standing room only at the BC Scotties

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 12:18 PM PST

Cloverdale Curling Club is bursting with pride as the 2013 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, goes into the final weekend.

Cloverdale Curling Club manager Judy MacKinnon said: “The Cloverdale Curling Club should feel proud of the immense success and popularity of the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts BC Women’s Curling Championship held at the club this week and still going strong.

“The crowds, even in the weekday daytime draws, have been even better than expected and it’s standing room only up top in the club lounge. They are expected to be even bigger and better going into the weekend as there is a big logjam both at and near the top of the Leaderboard as of the late draw Thursday night.”

In the feature game of the night, Cloverdale’s own Marla Mallett stole deuces in both the seventh and ninth ends to take an 8-4 victory against the defending Scotties champion Team Kelly Scott.

Mallett, Scott and Prince George’s Patti Knezevic are all tied for top spot with 6-2 records going into Friday’s final round robin morning draw. Heading up a logjam in second place are the Fox, Richter rinks (both Royal City Curling Club teams) and Abbotsford’s Allison MacInnis all at 5-3. Bringing up the next group is the Kuhn rink (Vernon) and Royal City’s Olsen rink both at 2 – 5. Scotties rookie entry Simone Groundwater’s Williams Lake crew is in at 1-7. Today could be a big day for tiebreakers.

The club should be proud of their efforts.

Working hard, every day and night, are Club Manager Judy MacKinnon, BC Scotties Chair Amanda Welton, and the various club members who did a phenomenal job of the physical set up.

Judy added: “The Scotties Host Committee have done the tasks that had to be done in the months, weeks and days preceding the event and are still working during it. There are over 150 volunteers – most of them Cloverdale’s very own club members – who have worked every day and night to make this thing work.”

But it’s not over yet! Get down to the club today, Saturday and Sunday. With so many good teams still alive and in the running, it could be quite the finish to Sunday’s final.

For up to date results, and the draw schedule, visit www.playdowns.com/curlbc

Get down to the Cloverdale Curling Club for all the live action, but get there early.

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