Playoffs to begin at 2018 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship

Photo Erich Eichhorn ISN

The battle for the place at the top of the leaderboard was a close one, but Team Thompson edged it with a 7–6 win over Team Gushulak.


The Kamloops/Golden Ears rink of Karla Thompson is rounded out by Kristen Reckiedler, Shannon Joanisse, Trysta Vandale and Diane Dezura. The team took the number one spot because they suffered only one loss during round-robin play and finished with a 6-1 record.


Three teams finished with 5-2 records, Team Gushulak, Team Brown and Team Van Osch, and have secured the final three playoff spots.


Team Van Osch battled back from a 3-2 record on day 3 to take second position in the standings, with two wins on closing day and the best last-stone-draw record compared with the other tied teams. The team of Nanaimo sisters, Kesa, Marika and Kalia Van Osch are rounded out by Vancouver lead Amy Gibson.


Team Brown’s decisive 10-3 victory over Vernon’s Team Slattery in the final round-robin game secured their playoff spot. This is the first year of women’s play for the Kamloops rink of Corryn Brown, Erin Pincott, Dezaray Hawes and Samantha Fisher. The team has vast experience at the junior level, including a trip to world juniors in 2013.  


The Royal City rink of Diane Gushulak, Grace MacInnes, Jessie Sanderson, Ashley Sanderson and Sandra Comadina, meanwhile, took the number four spot. They narrowly missed out on the top spot when Gushulak’s final rock was too heavy and rolled off the shot rock.


The BC Scotties started on Jan. 2 and will conclude with the final at 4pm on Jan. 7.