The teams have competed, the points have been tallied — and now the province’s leading curling teams have secured their berths to the provincial championships.
Two men’s teams and two women’s teams have earned the opportunity to fight for their chance to be champions of BC.
Team Joanisse, from Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge, and Team Geall, from Kelowna Curling Club, were the top-ranked BC men’s teams on the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) list.
The two teams are the first teams to earn berths to the 2018 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship, taking place at Parksville Curling Club from Jan. 30-Feb. 4.
The two women’s teams to have qualified based on their CTRS rankings are Team Gushulak, from Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster, and Team Brown, from Kamloops Curling Club.
They are the first two teams to qualify for the 2018 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, taking place at Victoria Curling Club from Jan. 2-7.
Team Joanisse were last year’s provincial silver medallists and they return with their team intact. The team features Abbotsford skip Dean Joanisse, third Paul Cseke (Victoria), second Jay Wakefield (Vancouver) and lead John Cullen (Vancouver).
Joanisse is a former Canadian junior champion (1989) and a two-time BC men’s champion (2001, 2007).
Team Geall, meanwhile, returns to provincial play with Abbotsford’s Sean Geall and Kelowna’s Jeff Richard and David Harper. A new addition to the team is Andrew Nerpin. Last year’s team did not medal in 2017, but did make it to the A event final against the eventual winners, Team Morris.
Geall is also a former BC men’s champion, representing BC at the Brier in 2009.
Team Gushulak returns with her team which won silver at women’s provincials last year. The team features skip Diane Gushulak, third Grace MacInnes, second Jessie Sanderson, lead Sandra Comadina and fifth Ashley Sanderson.
Gushulak, from Vancouver, is a two-time BC Scotties champion (2004 – with Team Wheatcroft – and 2009 – with Team Mallett). Her third Grace MacInnes was part of the 2009 Mallett team.
Sandra Comadina, from Vancouver, is a BC Mixed champion, while Jessie Sanderson, from Coquitlam, is a two-time BC junior champion and was part of the Van Osch team that went to women’s nationals in 2014.
Team Brown features skip Corryn Brown, third Erin Pincott, second Dezaray Hawes and lead Samantha Fisher. Three of the four players won the BC Junior Women’s Curling Championship last year. Brown, Pincott and Fisher have been curling together in Kamloops for more than a decade and won junior provincials in 2013, 2015 and 2017 (minus Pincott who aged out of junior play before last season).
In 2013 they won the Canadian championship and were able to represent Canada at worlds in Sochi, Russia. Hawes, who lives in Anmore, won junior provincials with Team Daniels in 2016 and Team Brown in 2017.