Excitement builds for BC Scotties in Victoria

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BC Scotties in Victoria

An exciting display from the province’s best curlers will be on show at the Victoria Curling Club from Jan. 2-7.

The teams will be competing for the chance to represent BC at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women’s Curling Championship in Penticton.

Eight talented rinks, a mix of veteran and new teams, have earned berths to the BC Scotties. Two rinks, Team Donaldson and Team Van Osch, have strong connections to Vancouver Island.

The final four games of the event will be televised on Shaw TV and streamed on YouTube, but fans in Victoria are encouraged to see the action live.

Event chair Danielle Callens said: “Curling is best experienced live, and spectators will be wowed by the dynamism and skill of BC’s best curlers. The BC Scotties are an accessible, inexpensive introduction to the sport. Kids 18 and under are admitted free, allowing the province’s top curlers to inspire a new generation of curlers and curling fans.

The BC Scotties Opening Ceremonies begin at 5:30pm on Jan. 2. A $5 ticket for the opening draw at 7pm on Jan. 2 allows free entry to our kick-off celebrations.”

Team Brown, last year’s BC Junior Women’s Champions, and Team Gushulak, the 2017 BC Scotties silver medalists, were the first teams to secure places at the BC Scotties based on their CTRS (Canadian Team Ranking System) points.

Three more teams qualified for the BC Scotties at playdowns at Hope Curling Club earlier this month. Vernon’s Team Slattery and the Kamloops/Golden Ears team of Karla Thompson claimed berths, along withTeam Donaldson, which includes the Victoria Curling Club’s Carley Sandwith and Steph Jackson-Baier.

The final three BC Scotties spots were clinched at playdowns at Kelowna Curling Club. Newly formed Team Ludwar punched their tickets to Victoria at their home club. Team Gyles, from the Royal City and Cloverdale Curling Clubs, and Nanaimo’s Team Van Osch also secured places.

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