Monday, March 23, 2015
Brushing for Bronze
Chilliwack team places third in BC Championships
By Ellie Lambert, Curl BC/Handout Photos
Team Freeman pick up a bronze medal in Kelowna at the BC Championships.
he lower mainland’s Team Joanisse will represent BC at nationals after they defeated Kimberley’s Tom Buchy 5-2 in the final of the 2015 AMJ Campbell BC Mixed Championship in Kelowna.
The rink, who curl out of Royal City, Golden Ears Winter Club and Vernon, is unbeaten since they formed in February, having won every game they’ve played at both playdowns and in the BC Championship.
Skip Dean Joanisse, and his team of third Shannon Aleksic, second Tyler Orme and lead Kelsey Steiger took an early lead in the final when they opened with a three-ender. They then forced Buchy to blank the second end, before stealing one in the third.
Tom Buchy, and third Lori Buchy, second Dave Toffolo and lead Robyn Toffolo, recorded singles in the fifth and seventh end but had to concede in the eighth after running out of rocks. The Kimberley team had previously won the Championship in 2006, 2010 and 2012.
Three members of Team Joanisse had already come close to clinching provincial titles this year as Joanisse was runner-up at the BC Men’s Championships, whilst Orme took bronze at the same event and Aleksic was a BC Scotties bronze medallist.
Team Joanisse display their plaque after winning the BC Championships. They now have the honour of representing BC in the nationals.
Speaking after their win, Aleksic said: “It’s always a thrill and honour to represent your province at a national championship. It is all the more special because I have achieved this with my fiancé (Joanisse) and two great friends. We look forward to trying to do BC proud.”
The Buchy rink had secured their place in the final by beating Chilliwack’s Team Freeman 4-3 earlier in the day. The bronze medal winning team consists of skip Mike Freeman, third Kim McLandress, second Mike Arden and lead Victoria Murphy.
The eight-team field at this year’s Championships was a particularly strong one which included five skips who had already won silver medals this year, as well as several past provincial champions.
Team Joanisse will now go on to represent BC at the Canadian Mixed Championship which takes place at The Weston Club in Toronto from November 7-14.
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