With one day of competition under their belts, teams took to the ice at the West Fraser Centre on Wednesday for another day of curling at the 2019 BC Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Barkerville Historic Town & Park and Nufloors, and the 2019 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western and Nufloors.
The day started with a battle of the Kamloops teams, with Kamloops’ Team Brown taking on Kamloops’ Team Thompson in the sole women’s game of draw four. Corryn Brown, Erin Pincott, Dezaray Hawes and Ashley Klymchuk led 6-4 after seven ends, but Karla Thompson, Holly Donaldson, Megan Daniels and Cassie Savage rallied back, scoring singles in the last three ends to win 7-6. Both teams finished day two with a 2-1 record.
Draw four also saw two men’s teams rebound from their day one losses with decisive victories. Abbotsford’s Team Geall notched their first win of the event with a 7-1 win over Kelowna’s Team Eden. On the sheet next to them, Daniel Wenzek’s Langley, Kamloops and Royal City team of Jared Kolomaya, Jordan Tardi and Nicholas Meister–who had finished day one with an 8-5 loss to Team Tardi–beat Castlegar’s Team Horning 8-2.
The teams playing in Thursday morning’s highly anticipated men’s A event final were determined in two tight games in draw five. Victoria’s Jason Montgomery, Cameron de Jong, Miles Craig and Will Duggan booked their spot in the A event final with a 7-4 win over 2019 Canadian Junior Men’s Curling Championship winners Team Tardi. They will face the Vernon and Kelowna team of Jim Cotter, Steve Laycock, Tyrel Griffith and Rick Sawatsky, who won their second A event draw with a 4-2 win over Golden Ears, Royal City and Victoria’s Team Joanisse.
Abbotsford’s Team Wark continued their winning streak in draw five with an exciting matchup with Parksville, Nanaimo and Vancouver’s Team Van Osch. Sarah Wark’s team of Kristen Pilote, Carley Sandwith and Michelle Dunn, with fifth Jen Rusnell filling in for Dunn, came out strong with five points in the third end. However, Kesa Van Osch, Kalia Van Osch, Marika Van Osch and Amy Gibson pushed back, tying the game 7-7 in the ninth end. Team Wark still ended up taking the win, claiming two points in the tenth end to finish with a score of 9-7.
Both Team Wark and Team Van Osch played again in draw six, with both teams experiencing some firsts—Team Wark experienced their first loss and Team Van Osch notched their first win. Team Van Osch’s win came against Vancouver’s Team Hudyma, with Team Wark losing 7-6 to Kelowna, Victoria and Prince George’s Team Richards in an extra end.