Field shaping up for B.C. playdowns

Regional qualifiers earn berths to Canadian Direct Insurance B.C. Men's Curling Championships, Feb. 3-8 at Vernon Curling Club.

A pair of Kamloops rinks grabbed qualifying spots for the Canadian Direct Insurance B.C. Men’s Curling Championships at a regional playdown last weekend at the Vernon Curling Club.

Skips Scott DeCap and Darren Nelson won the A and B Brackets, respectively, in the six-team double-knockout spiel, which featured a trio of Vernon rinks.

The Vernon club will host provincials, Feb. 3-8.

Vernon’s Kevin Geistlinger, supported by TJ Perepolkin, Andrew Mercer and Darrell (Heavy D) Houston bowed 6-4 to DeCap in the A Final, and 7-1 to Nelson in the B Final.

Vernon foursomes Darren Heath (Aron Herrick, Sean Worth, Jamie Austin and alternate Marc Fillion) and Brian Essington (Lee Ranger, John Slattery, Rick Raber and alternate Dave Pogmoeller) went winless on the weekend.

As defending champion, Vernon’s Jim Cotter has an automatic bye into provincials.

Other teams qualifying for B.C. championships in Vernon include: Neil Dangerfield and Chris Baier, both of Victoria, Duncan’s Jason Montgomery, Sean Geall and Ken McArdle, both of New Westminster, Maple Ridge’s Grant Dezura, Vancouver’s Stephen Schneider and Kimberley’s Tom Buchy.

There will be an open zone wildcard tournament, Jan. 9-11, at the Peace Arch Curling Club in White Rock, for the four remaining B.C. qualifiers.