(ISN) – Maple Ridge, BC – Prince George skip Patti Knezevic will be hoping it is a case of fourth time lucky as she aims to win the 2015 BC Scotties Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western.
Team Knezevic, who have progressed through the tournament without losing a game, guaranteed their place in today’s final with an 8-3 victory against Team Wark who they had beaten once already this week.
The rink, which hails from Prince George Golf and Curling Club and Howe Sound Curling Club, includes third Kristen Fewster, second Jen Rusnell and lead Rhonda Camozzi.
The team has recorded several convincing wins on their way to the final but it has not only been their skill that has impressed but also their manner of play with Knezevic and Camozzi being awarded the Kay Giles Sportsmanship Award.
Knezevic has previously made the BC Scotties final in 2005, 2007 and 2013 but is yet to win the title with two of those defeats coming at the hands of Kelly Scott who she could face in the 2015 final.
To set up that game Scott, and her new rink of third Shannon Aleksic, second Karla Thompson, lead Sarah Pyke and fifth Kristen Reckseidler, will have to first beat Team Wark in the semi-final.
Whilst Knezevic has eased through the competition, Scott has had a far more difficult route through the draw which has so far seen her team play seven games compared to Knezevic’s four.
Despite not making things easy for themselves, Team Scott has managed to pull out the key shots when it mattered and secured their semi-final spot with a 9-1 win over Royal City Curling Club’s Team Lewis.
If Scott, who is a six-time provincial champion, were to win the event she would become the most successful BC curler in history but her team will first have to get passed the Island team of Sarah Wark.
The Juan de Fuca / Victoria Curling Centre rink has already beaten Scott once this week and is a strong team that contains two reigning BC champions.
Both skip Sarah Wark and second Michelle Allen are part of the current BC Mixed Champions team and Allen also won the BC, Canadian and World Championship titles as fifth on Scott’s highly successful team in 2007. The team is rounded out by third Simone Brosseau and lead Rachelle Kallechy .
The team that takes the provincial crown will go on to represent BC at the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, SK, from February 14-22.
Both the final and semi-final of the 2015 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western, will be broadcast live on Sportsnet Pacific with the semi-final beginning at 8.30am and the final at 1pm.