(ISN) – Vernon, BC – Two-time BC Men’s champion, Dean Joanisse will contend another title tomorrow after beating 2014 Brier runner-up Jim Cotter.
Cotter was unbeaten coming into their Championship play-off game and made a strong start when he opened with a three-ender but Joanisse managed to steadily build a lead stealing singles in the third, fourth and ninth e on his way to an 8-5 win that secured his place in the final of the Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Championship, presented by White Owl Whisky.
Joanisse, who was Canadian Junior Champion in 1989 and held the BC Men’s title in 2001 and 2007, had lost in the 10th end to Cotter earlier in the week but ensured that today provided a different outcome.
Speaking about the game, Joanisse said: “We felt very good at the end of the ninth. To be up three without hammer is a very good situation, it’s exactly what you want.”
Playing together for the first year, Joanisse and his team of third Paul Cseke, second Jay Wakefield and lead John Cullen, defeated several former champions en-route to the final – including Sean Geall, Brent Pierce and two members of Team Dezura.
The defending champions and last year’s Brier silver medallists Team Cotter, which includes third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffith and lead Rick Sawatsky, had come into the event as the favourites but they now have to win tonight’s semi-final if they want another shot at the title.
In the semi-final they will face former World Champion Pierce who kept his dream of a fourth BC crown alive when he defeated Team Longworth in today’s 3 v 4 play-off game.
Longworth, who plays out of Vernon Curling Club which is hosting the Championship, had the support of the crowd behind him but it was enough.
Pierce, and his team of third Jeff Richard, second Tyler Orme and lead David Harper, stole two deuces on their way to a 9-6 victory.
Tonight’s semi-final will be televised lived on Sportsnet Pacific at 7pm and tomorrow’s final will be aired from 12.30pm.
The BC Men’s Champion will go on to compete in the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier, which takes place in Calgary from February 28 to March 8, 2015.