Thursday, April 2, 2015
So Much More Than Just a Sport
A little Fraser Valley women's curling team unstoppable
By Ellie Lambert/Handout photos
Team Lepine steamrolled to the top of the Canadian Masters.
C’s Team Lepine has won the 2015 Canadian Women’s Master Curling Championships by defeating top seeds Ontario in the final.
The team, who curl out of Langley and Cloverdale, took the national title when they stole a crucial single in the eighth end of the final at the Championships in Whitehorse, Yukon. They are the first BC women’s team to ever win the Canadian Masters crown.
Skip Karen, alongside third Susan Beuk, second Donna Christian and lead Agnes Sigurdson, had lost to Ontario earlier in the week but were able to bounce back to claim the title in Sunday’s final.
Speaking after the game, Karen said: “I felt very calm going into the final. I had been runner up in the Canadian seniors and the mixed so it was nice to have a chance to be able to play in a Canadian final again.
“In the eighth end, we had to steal. We all made our shots and we had a piece of the button, with two perfect guards, forcing Ontario to draw to the button on the other side.
“We are proud to be able to say that BC brought home the gold. It was very special to play with my sister, Susan, my long time friend Agnes and my new friend Donna who stepped in to play with us four days before the zone playdowns started after a team mate was injured. I also appreciated having my hubby Craig there to coach us along as he was a calming factor for me."
The rink had a 7-2 record after the pool stages and qualified for the gold medal game in impressive style with a 7-0 victory in their semi-final against Manitoba.
Team Lepine earned the right to wear the BC jackets by becoming provincial champions at the 2015 BC Master Championships which was held in Nanaimo in March.
The BC Men’s team came close to medal success too but had to settle for fourth place after they lost 7-0 to Nova Scotia in the bronze medal game.
The team, which consists of skip Ralph Will, third Gerald Kent, second Laddie Pavlis and lead Peter Sweetman, hail from Cranbrook. They had achieved a 6-3 record in the pool stages but missed out on a shot at gold when they lost a close semi-final to number one seeds, and eventual champions, Manitoba.
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