Duncan, BC (January 22, 2017) – The ice is pebbled and the players are ready – and now two BC women’s team will battle for the opportunity to represent the province at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women’s Curling Championship.
The showdown will feature Team Gushulak, who battled through a tiebreaker, the page 3 vs 4 playoffs and the semi-finals to earn the right to fight for the title. They’ll be up against Team Mallett, the top-seeded team in round robin play who won a bye to the final after Saturday afternoon’s page 1 vs 2 playoffs.
The action takes place at the Glen Harper Curling Centre in Duncan. But if fans cannot make the trip to Duncan, they can view the final four games on Shaw TV or on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/c/ShawTVNanaimo/live.
Team Mallett features skip Marla Mallett (Walnut Grove), third Shannon Aleksic and sisters Brette Richards (Kelowna, second) and Blaine DeJager (Prince George, lead). The team is coached by Gerry Richard.
Team Gushulak is skipped by Diane Gushulak, of Vancouver, and features third Grace MacInnes (Langley), second Jessie Sanderson (Coquitlam) and lead Sandra Comadina (Vancouver). The team is coached by Neil Houston.
The winner will represent the province at the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St Catharines, Ontario, from February 18-26.
The bronze medals went to Team Hudyma, featuring Vancouver’s Lindsay Hudyma, Vancouver-based Holly Donaldson and the Victoria duo of Stephanie Jackson-Baier and Carley Sandwith. Georgina Wheatcroft, two-time world champion and Olympian (Salt Lake City) coached the team. The team gave up three consecutive steals in the fifth, sixth and seventh ends against Gushulak to trail 6-1, but managed to recover with a deuce in the eighth and a steal of one before eventually shaking hands when they ran out of rocks in the 10th end.