Playoffs set to start after tiebreaker on Friday night

The playoff round of the 2017 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, is about to begin – but not until a tiebreaker determines which team has earned fourth place.

The tiebreaker, which takes place tonight (January 20) at 7pm, will see Team Van Osch and Team Gushulak fight for the opportunity to play in the Page 3 vs 4 game against Team Wark tomorrow at 7pm.

In first place will be Team Mallett, who made it through round robin play with only one loss, with Team Hudyma in second, finishing with a 5-2 record.

The action takes place at the Glen Harper Curling Centre in Duncan. But if fans cannot make the trip to Duncan, they can view the final four games on Shaw TV.

The page playoffs begin tomorrow at 2pm (1 vs 2) and 7pm (3 vs 4) with the semi-final at 11am and the final at 4pm on Sunday, January 22. All four games will be live on Shaw TV.

Team Mallett features skip Marla Mallett (Walnut Grove), third Shannon Aleksic and sisters Brette Richards (Kelowna, second) and Blaine DeJager (Prince George, lead). The team is coached by Gerry Richard.

In second place is Team Hudyma, featuring Vancouver’s Lindsay Hudyma, Vancouver-based Holly Donaldson and the Victoria duo of Stephanie Jackson-Baier and Carley Sandwith. Georgina Wheatcroft, two-time world champion and Olympian (Salt Lake City) is coaching the team.

Chilliwack Curling Club’s Team Wark, is skipped by Sarah Wark, who lives in Chilliwack but grew up in Duncan. The team tied with Team Gushulak and Team Van Osch for third place but ranked highest because of cumulative draw to the button results. Team Wark is rounded out by third Kristin Pilote (Squamish), second Stephanie Prinse (Chilliwack) and lead Michelle Dunn (North Vancouver). They are coached by Kelowna’s Jock Tyre.

Team Gushulak, the bronze medallists from last year’s BC Scotties, is skipped by Diane Gushulak, of Vancouver, and features third Grace MacInnes (Langley), second Jessie Sanderson (Coquitlam) and lead Sandra Comadina (Vancouver). The team is coached by Neil Houston.

Nanaimo/Vancouver’s Team Van Osch, features Nanaimo sisters Kesa and Kalia Van Osch, second Shawna Jensen, from Tsawwassen and lead Amy Gibson, from Vancouver. The team is coached by Jim Newlands.

The winner of the Kay Giles Memorial Sportsmanship Award was Delta-based skip Julie Herndier. The award is given out to the player who best displays sportsmanship as voted on by her peers.
The winner on Sunday will represent the province at the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St Catharines, Ontario, from February 18-26.

To view the end by end scores, and the schedule, visit http://playdowns.curlbc.ca.

For more information about the event or to buy tickets visit http://bcscotties2017.curlbc.ca.