First men’s and women’s playdowns complete ahead of Quesnel 2019

The field for the 2019 BC Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Barkerville Historic Town & Park, and the 2019 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, is nearly complete.

The men’s regional playdowns took place December 14 to 16, and determined seven of the 2019 BC Men’s berths. The Lower Mainland playdown, which took place at Tunnel Town Curling Club, qualified three teams.

Langley, Royal City and Kamloops’ Team Wenzek (Daniel Wenzek, Jared Kolomaya, Jordan Tardi, Nicholas Meister, Ken Brown) won the Lower Mainland A event. Golden Ears, Royal City and Victoria’s Team Joanisse (Dean Joanisse, Andrew Bilesky, Steve Kopf, Paul Cseke) won the B event. Royal City, Kamloops and Victoria’s Team Klymchuk (Tyler Klymchuk, Corey Chester, Kyle Habkirk, Rhys Gamache) won the C event.

The men’s Kootenays playdown, which was hosted by Castlegar Curling Club, was won by Castlegar’s own Team Horning (Deane Horning, Travis Cameron, Dave Toffolo, James McKenzie).

Kelowna’s Team Eden (Wylie Eden, Sean Matheson, Justin Nillson, Tyler Jaeger) secured their spot in the provincials through the Thompson Okanagan playdown at Penticton Curling Club, while Victoria’s Team Blandford (Matthew Blandford, Chris Baier, Derek Ryan, Cal Jackson) secured their berth through the Island playdown at Victoria Curling Club.

The Northern playdown, which took place in Quesnel, the location of the 2019 BC Men’s and Women’s Championships, was won by Quesnel’s Team Waffle (Brady Waffle, Eric Eriksson, Mike Pagarut, Dave Vatamaniuck).

The final men’s berth will be determined at the men’s open playdown at Lillooet Curling Club from January 11 to 14.

The women’s open #1 playdown took place December 14 to 16 at Tunnel Town Curling Club, and determined two more berths for the 2019 BC Women’s Championship.

The A event was won by Vernon’s Team Slattery (Kim Slattery, Alyssa Kyllo, Kelsi Jones, Morgayne Eby). The B event was won by Vancouver’s Team Hudyma (Lindsay Hudyma, Heather Hansen, Jenna Duncan, Patty Wallingham).

The final two women’s berths will be determined at the women’s open #2 playdown at Kamloops Curling Club from January 4 to 6.

The complete list of teams that have qualified so far for the 2019 BC Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Barkerville Historic Town & Park, is as follows:

  • Team Geall (Defending champion)
  • Team Cotter (CTRS)
  • Team Barry (BC Curling Tour)
  • Team Tardi (BC Curling Tour)
  • Team Wenzek (Lower Mainland playdown)
  • Team Joanisse (Lower Mainland playdown)
  • Team Klymchuk (Lower Mainland playdown)
  • Team Horning (Kootenays playdown)
  • Team Eden (Thompson Okanagan playdown)
  • Team Blandford (Island playdown)
  • Team Waffle (Northern playdown)

The complete list of teams that have qualified so far for the 2019 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, is as follows:

  • Team Van Osch (Defending champion)
  • Team Brown (CTRS)
  • Team Wark (BC Curling Tour)
  • Team Gushulak (BC Curling Tour)
  • Team Slattery (Open #1 playdown)
  • Team Hudyma (Open #1 playdown)

The 2019 BC Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships will be taking place January 29 to February 3 in Quesnel. More information can be found at http://quesnel2019.curlbc.ca/