by Rebecca Connop Price
February 9, 2014, Vancouver, BC (ISN) – Jim Cotter will be heading to his home town of Kamloops as the reigning B.C. champion for the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier.
Cotter’s team, with Olympic champion John Morris calling the shots, and Kelowna residents Tyrel Griffith and Rick Sawatsky rounding out the team, were crowned B.C. champions after a decisive victory over Team Montgomery this evening (Sunday, February 9).
“Going to a Brier in my home town is going to be a phenomenal feeling. I still have a lot of friends and family there and I am really looking forward to it,” said Cotter.
The 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship final ended 12-2 after eight ends. Morris and Cotter were in control from the start, opening with three points. It was then up to Jason Montgomery and his team of Jody Epp, throwing fourth rocks, Miles Craig and Will Duggan to catch up. But it was not to be. The team from Victoria were never able to take control of the game and their fate was sealed in the seventh end, when Team Morris secured a four-ender, putting the score at 10-2.
The game followed a thrilling semi-finals on Saturday that saw Montgomery’s rink just edge out 2009 BC champion Brent Pierce on the last rock of the 10th end.
This will be the fourth trip to the Brier for Cotter, who grew up in Kamloops but now lives in Vernon. It will also be the fourth trip to the Brier for Sawatsky and the second trip to the Brier for Griffith.
Skip Morris, who joined the rink as skip at the start of the season, is himself no stranger to the Brier, with six purple hearts to his name, but this is the first time Morris will represent B.C.
The 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship took place at the Vancouver Curling Club from Feb. 5-9. Visit http://playdowns.com/curlbc/event.php?id_cmp=560 to see results of all the draws and the statistics.