Knezevic lines up a shot last week at the
Knezevic has won the BC women’s provincial curling title – a decade
after she first made the final. Knezevic claimed the crown after winning
a tense extra end in the final which took place at Golden Ears Winter
Club in Maple Ridge.
The Prince George
restauranteur and her team were tied 3-3 with Team Wark after 10 ends
but managed to hold their nerve to win the extra end, and the
Championship, by two securing a 5-3 victory.
Team Knezevic, which
includes third Kristen Fewster, second Jen Rusnell and lead Rhonda
Camozzi, went into the final in a strong position as they were unbeaten
all week and had already recorded two wins over Team Wark.
game, which was broadcast live on Sportsnet Pacific, was an extremely
close match which saw several blank ends and each team only able to
record singles, creating a scoreboard that resembled binary code.
The drama appeared to be reaching a climax in the tenth end when
Knezevic’s final rock was a little too heavy and left the house open for
Sarah Wark to make a draw for two to win the game. The skip from Duncan
was unable to make the shot and recorded a lone single, therefore taking
the game to an extra end and handing Knezevic the hammer.
Speaking after the game, Knezevic said: “At the start of the 10th
our aim was to force the game to go to an extra end and that happened so
we were pleased. Before the 11th I felt quite calm and was just focused
on ensuring we made our shots which we did.
“Sarah’s team is very tough and they curled really well so we
were glad to get the win”, she added.
The Island rink of Sarah Wark, third Simone Brosseau, second
Michelle Allen and lead Rachelle Kallechy booked their place in the
final with a dramatic semi-final win over six-time provincial champion
Kelly Scott earlier in the day.
The team, who play out of both Victoria Curling Centre and Juan
de Fuca Curling Centre, had trailed Scott for much of their semi but the
score was tied going into the final end. Scott had delivered several
game-winning shots throughout the competition but on this occasion she
was unable to make the draw and Wark picked up a single and a place in
the final. It was the second time week that Team Wark had beaten the
Kelowna skip and her team of third Shannon Aleksic, second Karla
Thompson, lead Sarah Pyke and fifth Kristen Reckseidler.
Knezevic had reached the BC Scotties finals three times before
but never got the gold, losing to Kelly Scott in 2005 and 2013 and
Kelley Law in 2007. When interviewed after the final she jokingly said:
‘I was just relieved that I didn’t have to play a Kelly in the final.
The team will now go on to represent BC at the 2015 Scotties
Tournament of Hearts where they will be part of field that includes
Olympic gold medallist Jennifer Jones and two-time defending Scotties
champion Rachel Homan. The nationals will be familiar ground for
Knezevic as she attended as fifth for last year’s BC champions Team Van
Osch and was required to step in as skip when Van Osch caught the flu.
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