2014 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western, starts today

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by Rebecca Connop Price

January 6, 2014, Prince George, BC (ISN) – Kelly Scott, the defending BC Scotties champion, will face tough opposition at provincials, which begin today in Prince George, as two of her opponents will be looking for home ice advantage.

That is because the final line-up for the 2014 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western, includes two teams from the host site, the Prince George Golf and Curling Club.

Draws start today at 11am and 6:30pm. All results are available at http://www.playdowns.com/ under the Curl BC tab.

Prince George’s Patti Knezevic, who won silver at last year’s BC Scotties in Cloverdale, will be keen for a rematch against Scott, who has won the BC title a record six times.

Meanwhile, Prince George’s Tracey Jones, whose team travelled to three open playdown events in order to qualify for the championship, has already got a ton of competition experience under her belt.

It will be difficult to get past the reigning champions though.

Team Scott narrowly missed out on a berth to the Olympic Trials earlier this year and the Kelowna team of Skip Scott, Third Jeanna Schraeder, Second Sasha Carter and Lead Sarah Wazney will dearly want to hang on to their provincial crown so they can travel to Montreal February 1-9 for nationals.

Tickets for the 2014 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western, which run from today until January 12, 2014, are available through the club. Visit http://bcscotties2014.curlbc.ca for more details.

The BC Scotties semi-final and final will be broadcast on Sporstnet on January 11 and 12. Visit http://www.curlbc.ca/communications/tv-schedules/ for information about broadcast times.

Team Knezevic’s rink is rounded out by Third Jen Rusnell, second Kristen Fewster and Lead Rhonda Camozzi.

Team Jones is and rounded out by Third Falon Burkitt, Second Kay-Lynn Thompson and Lead Melinda Kotsch.

The other teams taking part include Team Thompson, from the Kamloops Curling Club. Skip Karla Thompson (Kamloops), Third Kristen Recksiedler (Vancouver), Second Brooklyn Leitch (Kelowna) and Lead Michelle Ramsay (New Westminster) secured their berth at the last open playdown in Maple Ridge.

The other women to have qualified are Team MacInnes from Abbotsford (Skip Allison MacInnes, Third Grace MacInnes, Second Diane Gushulak, lead Amanda Tipper – earning their berth through their ranking in the Canadian Team Ranking System) as well as three teams from the Victoria Curling Centre.

The Victoria teams include Team Wark, with Skip Sarah Wark, Third Michelle Allen, Second Simone Brosseau and Lead Rachelle Kallechy.

Team Van Osch (with Skip Kesa Van Osch, Third Stephanie Baier, Second Jessie Sanderson, Lead Carley Sandwith) and Team Jensen (with Skip Shawna Jensen, Third Merit Thorson, Second Jade Shultis and Lead Tatianna Simicic) have also earned berths.

Team Gibson, from Vancouver Curling Club, and Team Mallett, from Cloverdale Curling Club, make up the final teams.

Team Gibson is skipped by Amy Gibson, and rounded out by Third Rebecca Turley and Second Carman Cheng, all from Vancouver. The team is joined by Lead Michelle Dunn from North Vancouver.

Team Mallett is skipped by Marla Mallett (Langley), and rounded out by Third Kelly Shimizu (Richmond), Second Adina Tasaka (Vancouver) and Lead Shannon Ward (Burnaby).

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