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Knezevic glides into the lead at the Scotties in Maple Ridge

By Ellie Lambert, Curl BC

 

Skip Patti Knezevic leads her team to the head of the pack at Curl BC's Scotties.

 

rince George skip Patti Knezevic will be hoping it is a case of fourth time lucky as she aims to win the 2015 BC Scotties Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western.

Team Knezevic, who have progressed through the tournament without losing a game, guaranteed their place in today’s final with an 8-3 victory against Team Wark who they had beaten once already this week.
 
The rink, which hails from Prince George Golf and Curling Club and Howe Sound Curling Club, includes third Kristen Fewster, second Jen Rusnell and lead Rhonda Camozzi.
 
The team has recorded several convincing wins on their way to the final but it has not only been their skill that has impressed but also their manner of play with Knezevic and Camozzi being awarded the Kay Giles Sportsmanship Award.
 
Knezevic has previously made the BC Scotties final in 2005, 2007 and 2013 but is yet to win the title with two of those defeats coming at the hands of Kelly Scott who she could face in the 2015 final.
 
To set up that game Scott, and her new rink of third Shannon Aleksic, second Karla Thompson, lead Sarah Pyke and fifth Kristen Reckseidler, will have to first beat Team Wark in the semi-final.
 
Whilst Knezevic has eased through the competition, Scott has had a far more difficult route through the draw which has so far seen her team play seven games compared to Knezevic’s four.
 
Despite not making things easy for themselves, Team Scott has managed to pull out the key shots when it mattered and secured their semi-final spot with a 9-1 win over Royal City Curling Club’s Team Lewis.
 
If Scott, who is a six-time provincial champion, were to win the event she would become the most successful BC curler in history but her team will first have to get passed the Island team of Sarah Wark.
 
The Juan de Fuca / Victoria Curling Centre rink has already beaten Scott once this week and is a strong team that contains two reigning BC champions.
 
Both skip Sarah Wark and second Michelle Allen are part of the current BC Mixed Champions team and Allen also won the BC, Canadian and World Championship titles as fifth on Scott’s highly successful team in 2007. The team is rounded out by third Simone Brosseau and lead Rachelle Kallechy .
 
The team that takes the provincial crown will go on to represent BC at the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, SK, from February 14-22. 

Both the final and semi-final of the 2015 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western, will be broadcast live on Sportsnet Pacific with the semi-final beginning at 8.30am and the final at 1pm.

Tickets for both draws are available through the club. Visit www.bcscotties2015.curlbc.ca  for more details.

 

2015 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship begins today

Scott has strong start at the Scotties in Maple Ridge


Kelly Scott lines up a shot at Golden Ears Winter Club last week as the Scotties begin. Below, Kesa Van Osch concentrates on a shot.


Maple Ridge, BC (Jan. 21) – The 2015 BC Scotties is sure to get off to an exciting start as Kesa Van Osch and Kelly Scott, the two skips from last year’s final, go head-to-head in the first draw of the tournament.

The 2014 final saw Van Osch win the women’s provincial title at the very first attempt when her rink beat the six-time BC Scotties champion in a thrilling tenth end. This year both skips return to the Championship with new teams alongside six other rinks who are sure to provide tough competition as they all battle it out to be crowned the best in BC.

The event is taking place at Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge with today’s draw starting at 6:30pm. All results are available at http://www.playdowns.com/ under the Curl BC tab.

Scott’s team, who curl out of Kelowna Curling Club and Golden Ears Winter Club, may only have formed last year but all five members have won provincial titles in the past. The rink is rounded out by third Shannon Aleksic, second Karla Thompson, lead Sarah Pyke and fifth Kristen Recksiedler.

This year Van Osch is joined by her sister Kalia at third, Trysta Vandale at second and Kelsey Steiger at lead. The team, which includes three former BC Junior Women’s Champions, represents Nanaimo Curling Club.

Team Sivertson, which contains three of the curlers that won gold alongside Van Osch last year, will be keen to repeat their past success. The team is now skipped by Dailene Sivertson with Stephanie Jackson-Baier at third, Jessie Sanderson at second and Carley St Blaze. They curl out of the Victoria Curling Centre and Royal City Curling Club.

The field contains several other experienced teams including Team Knezevic who were runners up at the 2013 BC Scotties. The rink consists of skip Patti Knezevic, third Kristen Fewster, second Jen Rusnell and lead Rhonda Camozzi.

In the first draw, they will face Team Gushulak who qualified as Canadian Team Ranking System winners. The team from Vancouver Curling Club is skipped by Diane Gushulak, Grace MacInnes is third, Lorelle Weiss is second and the lead is Sandra Comadina.

The Island rink of Team Wark, which represents Victoria Curling Centre and Juan de Fuca Curling Centre, won the A-event at the first open playdown. Skip Sarah Wark is joined by third Simone Brosseau, second Michelle Allen and lead Rachelle Kallechy.

In the first draw they will face Team Russett who will be making their debut at the BC Scotties. The team from Kamloops Curling Club is skipped by Amanda Russett alongside third Crista Sanbrooks, second Ashley Nordin and lead Courtney Karwandy.

The field is rounded out by Team Lewis from Royal City Curling Club. The rink is skipped by Kristy Lewis, third is Jody Maskiewich, second is Barbara Zbeetnoff and the lead is Jenn Howard.

The team which takes the provincial crown will go on to represent BC at the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, SK, from February 14-22.

Tickets for the 2015 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western, which run from today until January 25, 2015, are available through the club. Visit http://bcscotties2015.curlbc.ca for more details.

The BC Scotties semi-final and final will be broadcast on Sportsnet on January 25. Visit www.curlbc.ca/communications/tv-schedules/ for information about broadcast times.
 

 

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