The last time Marla Mallett won a BC Scotties title was in 2009 – with Diane Gushulak by her side, playing second on her team.
In 2017, it has been a different story. Gushulak has been by her side, but in a different role – as skip of the final team she had to beat to win the competition.
The final game was a close affair but Mallett, who also won the BC title in 1995 and 1997, proved she was the top team. A deuce in the ninth end helped the Walnut Grove skip on the way to a 6-3 win over Gushulak.
“We prepared. We followed our processes and we were successful. I’m very proud of the team,” said Mallett.
Mallett, a Canadian junior champion (1988), was joined by third Shannon Aleksic, from Abbotsford, who also has national experience. She travelled to the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts as part of Team Saskatchewan (1999) and Team BC (2007).
Sisters Brette Richards (Kelowna) and Blaine DeJager (Prince George) round out the team. They have also been to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Blaine was part of Team Alberta in 2014 and Brette travelled to the Scotties in 2009 as part of Team Manitoba.
Team Mallett were dominant throughout the competition. They finished at the top of the table after round robin play, with a 6-1 record. Then they went on to easily defeat Team Hudyma 6-1 in the page 1 vs 2 playoffs for a bye to the final.
Diane Gushulak’s Royal City rink of third Grace MacInnes (Langley), second Jessie Sanderson (Coquitlam) and lead Sandra Comadina (Vancouver) were awarded the silver medal.
The 2017 BC Scotties took place at the Glen Harper Curling Centre in Duncan, with the final four games broadcast on Shaw TV.
Team Mallett will now represent BC at the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St Catharines, Ontario, from February 18-26.
The bronze medals went to Team Hudyma, featuring Vancouver duo Lindsay Hudyma and Holly Donaldson and the Victoria duo of Stephanie Jackson-Baier and Carley Sandwith.