Repeat winners ruled the week at the 2018 BC Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships.
Lynne Noble added to her 2011 and 2017 provincial crowns as her team of Penny Shantz, Colleen Robson and Karen Lepine – representing the Cloverdale, Comox, Langley, Parksville and Qualicum curling clubs – went through the event undefeated at the Enderby Curling Club.
Noble – whose team is coached by seven-time BC men’s champion Jim Cotter – went through the round-robin with a perfect 7-0 mark before defeating Shiella Cowan of Royal City/Cloverdale 8-5 in the championship final, boosted by a five-ender in the fourth. Cowan’s rink included Donna Langlands, Crystal Murray and Victoria Murphy.
The winning rink featured a strong lineup with Lepine now becoming a three-time BC senior’s champion. Shantz helped Canada win a gold medal at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, when curling made its Games debut as a demonstration sport. This was Robson’s second-straight seniors’ victory and Lepine is the 2015 national masters champion.
In senior men’s play, Craig Lepine’s crew – which represents Cloverdale, Langley, Penticton and Vancouver and features Stan Walker, Craig McLeod and Mike Pelech – repeated a 2017 victory by defeating Wes Craig at his home club in Duncan by a 7-5 score.
Craig and his team of Gerald Poelman, Tony Anslow and Victor Gamble had gone through the round-robin with an 8-1 record, including a 5-4 victory over Lepine, who avenged the loss in the championship game, thanks to a four-ender in the seventh.
Lepine was 7-2 during the round-robin portion of the event, his other loss coming in a 4-3 setback to Mark Longworth of Vernon.
Both the Noble and Lepine rinks will now travel to the 2018 Everest Canadian Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships in Stratford, Ont., slated for Mar. 24-29 for the 50+ age group.
For the full team rosters, linescores and schedules for the Duncan event, visit http://bot.curlbc.ca//