Top men’s teams qualify for BC Men’s Curling Championship

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Vancouver, BC  – Three teams have locked up a spot at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship.

Two of the three teams who have qualified for the championship have been decided this week thanks to their success collecting Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) points at World Curling Tour events.

The Royal City Curling Club rinks of Joanisse and Geall, who were the top CTRS points winners in the province, will join defending champions Team Cotter at the event in Nelson in February. Team Joanisse, last season’s silver medallists, is made up of Skip Dean Joanisse, Third Paul Cseke, Second Jay Wakefield, Lead John Cullen and coach Brett Kury. Team Geall is made up of Skip Sean Geall, Third Andrew Bilesky, Second Steve Kopf, Lead Mark Olson and coach Neil Houston.

Team Cotter, from Vernon and Kelowna, is made up of five-time BC Men’s Champion Jim Cotter, with Ryan Kuhn at third, Tyrel Griffith at second and Rick Sawatsky at lead. The team is coached by Pat Ryan.

There are still a further 13 berths up for grabs – 10 of these will be decided at the upcoming regional events and the other three will be awarded at an open qualifying event.

This year’s Championship, which will be televised on Sportsnet, takes place at Nelson Curling Centre from February 10-14.

We will announce further qualifications as they happen, follow us on Twitter to keep up-to-date.

The remaining berths will be awarded at regional playdowns in Fernie, Penticton, Parksville and New Westminster from December 11-13. An open event will take place at the Salmon Arm Curling Club on January 8-10.

Scott Harrigan
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