Saturday, Mar 11, 2017
Team Watson. Some have played together for three decades.
There is fierce competition at this event, with seasoned competitors looking to add another BC title to their resume.
The Cranbrook event for curlers 60 and over started yesterday (Tuesday, March 7), and continues until Sunday, March 12. The winning male team and the winning female team will go on to compete for BC at nationals from April 2-9, 2017, in Guelph, Ontario.
Among the competitors on the womenís side is Lynne Noble, who recently won the 2017 BC Senior Championship (for curlers 50 and over). Playing alongside her, Lorraine Jeffries, from Port Alberni, has three senior championship titles under her belt.
On the menís side, Rob Koffski, who has previously won the BC Menís, BC Seniors, BC Mixed and BC Masters titles, is on the roster leading a team that also features Brier and World Champion (1994) Gerry Richard. Gerald Kent, who is the hometown favourite with his Cranbrook team, has also won a BC Menís title and a pair of BC Masters titles. Ken McHargue was also on Kentís 1991 BC Menís rink that claimed the BC crown.
Team Watson, playing for Chilliwack Curling Club, features two curlers from the 1985 BC team that competed at the Brier, Ken Watson and Doug Meger. They remain teammates more than 30 years later.
A full team roster is attached with home town information, where available. The qualifying teams from the womenís side were Team Noble from Qualicum & District Curling Club, Team Strilesky from Nanaimo Curling Club, Team McLeod from Nelson, Castlegar and Trail curling clubs, Team Klebe from Chilliwack, Cloverdale and Richmond curling clubs, Team Mick from Marpole Curling Club, Team Clark from Royal City and Langley curling clubs, Team Bentley from Quesnel Curling Centre and Team Blashko from Summerland, Oliver and Kelowna curling clubs.
The teams who qualified on the menís side were Team Walker from Esquimalt and Glen Meadows Curling Club, Team Kent from Cranbrook and Elkford Curling Club, Team Beaudry from Trail Curling Club, Team Rafter from Tunnel Town Curling Club, Team Pughe from Royal City Curling Club, Team Watson from Chilliwack Curling Club, Team Koffski from Kelowna Curling Club and Team McKie from Sparwood Curling Club.
BC will play host to the 2018 Canadian Masters Curling Championships. The event will be co-hosted by Peace Arch Curling Club and Cloverdale Curling Club.
To follow the scores at the championships at Cranbrook Curling Club, and to see the results from the recent playdowns please visit www.playdowns.curlbc.ca
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