Best women curlers in BC head to Duncan

The best women curlers in the province will be heading to Duncan this season, Curl BC has announced.

The 2017 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, Presented by Best Western, will take place at the Glen Harper Curling Centre, home of the Duncan Curling Club, from January 17-22.

The final four games of the event will be televised on Shaw TV.

The event will showcase BC’s top women curlers who will be playing for the opportunity to represent the province at the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St Catharines, Ontario.

Brent Dellebuur, who, along with Kathy Morencie and Cathy Lambert, is co-chairing the host committee at Duncan Curling Club, said: “We are extremely excited to be hosting this event, our friendly club is buzzing with anticipation and looking forward to welcoming these athletes and their families. There will be some great curling, so we encourage people to mark their calendars and come down to see the action.”

Curl BC CEO Scott Braley said: “We look forward to working with the host committee and all the volunteers at the Duncan Curling Club. With the Canadian Junior Curling Championships being hosted in Esquimalt the following week, it’s great that the curling community on the Island has so much to look forward to.”

The format of the event is an 8-team round-robin, with a four-team page playoff.

One berth has been allocated to the returning champion, Team Thompson of Kamloops. The team is composed of Karla Thompson of Kamloops, Kristen Recksiedler of Coquitlam, Erin Pincott of Kamloops and Trysta Vandale of Port Moody. Another berth will be allocated to the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) points winners (the BC women’s team with the highest ranking on the CTRS list).

There will be two open events to decide the remaining berths, one in Vernon Dec. 2-4 and one in Abbotsford Dec. 16-18. Three teams will qualify at the first event and three teams will qualify at the second.

The Glen Harper Curling Centre, home of the Duncan Curling Club, is a five-sheet facility in the Cowichan Valley.