Monday, January 13, 2014
A New Dynasty
Van Osh Squeaks
Out Win in Scotties Final
Released by Rebecca Connop Price
Van Osch has won her first women's provincial title - and it only
took her one try. The 22-year-old toppled the reigning BC champion
Kelly Scott in a nail-biting final at the Prince George Golf and
Things didn't go well for the
Nanaimo student in the first end of the 2014 Scotties BC Curling
Championship, Presented by Best Western, when Scott opened with a
deuce. But the game tightened up after that and Van Osch (and her
team of third Stephanie Baier [Victoria], second Jessie Sanderson [Coquitlam]
and lead Carley Sandwith [Victoria]) managed to prevent Scott from
adding to her lead.
Speaking after the game, Baier said: "Our focus has been on learning
and making sure that we're all working as a team to become something
that is bigger than the sum of our parts.
"We're very honoured and excited for the opportunity to continue our
learning at the national level."
The game was tied 4-4 going into the ninth end, with Scott with the
hammer. A blank end in the ninth meant that Scott kept the hammer in
But Van Osch didn't blink and managed set up perfect final end for
her team, protecting her stone in the four-foot, preventing Scott
from getting an easy single for the win.
Instead, Scott was faced with the impossible task of trying to draw
in behind the Van Osch stone, which was sitting just above the
button. Scott's shot was short and the young team got the steal to
take the game 5-4.
Kesa is the third Van Osch sister to win a BC title this year. Her
younger sisters Kalia and Marika took the junior women's title on
December 31 and will head to nationals in Nova Scotia later this
The girls had great support from their family, especially their
parents Cindy and Ed, throughout the season
"We are incredibly proud of the girls," said Cindy.
The 2014 Scotties BC Women's Curling Championship, Presented by Best
Western, was a huge success.
With two Prince George rinks in the competition, the host club, the
Prince George Golf and Curling Club, was full to the rafters all
week long. Vonda Hofferd, chair of the host committee, said the
event went amazingly well.
"Beyond all expecations," she said.
The national Scotties Tournament of Hearts takes place in Montreal
February 1-9.To find out the results of all the draws at the Prince
George Golf and Curling Club, visit
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more about Curl BC.
About Curl BC
Curl BC is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the
development, promotion and organization of curling in British
Columbia. Curl BC is also responsible for the championship system
that declares provincial representation at National events. In
cooperation with its Members, Curl BC provides services to both
competitive and recreational curlers, including a variety of
adaptive groups. For more information, visit
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