Darren LaFace (left) spares a quick glance forward as he and fellow sweeper Darrell (Heavy D) Houston tend to a rock at the Thompson Okanagan men's curling playdowns Sunday morning at the Vernon Curling Club. The duo play with Vernon’s Darren Heath

Heath slides into B.C.’s

Darren Heath’s Vernon rink advances to the Canadian Direct Insurance B.C. Men’s Curling Championship, Feb. 6-12, in Parksville.

  • Dec. 14, 2011 11:00 a.m.

They needed two cracks at it, but Darren Heath’s Vernon rink is through to the Canadian Direct Insurance B.C. Men’s Curling Championship, Feb. 6-12, in Parksville.

After bowing 7-5 to Kamloops’ Brian Windsor in Sunday’s A qualifier, Heath – backed by third Dave Belway, second Darin Laface and lead Darryl Houston – rebounded with a 7-6 win over Kamloops’ Scott Decap in a second playdown later that day at the Vernon Curling Club.

Heath earned his way to the first qualifier by downing Windsor 6-4 in A event action Saturday morning. In a back and forth game, the Kamloops skip racked on a centre guard with his last stone in the 10th end, allowing Heath a steal for the win.

Joining the Vernon foursome at provincials from other regional playdowns are Kimberley’s Tom Buchy and Creston’s Tom Shypitka (Zones 1 and 2), New Westminster rinks skipped by Ken McArdle and Chris Baier, and Delta’s Sean Geall, all Zone 11 rinks.

In an all-Vernon affair, Mark Longworth, who finished at 3-3, counted a single in 10 to brush back TJ Perepolkin 6-5 Saturday. Longworth fell 6-5 to Windsor later Saturday, but rebounded with a 7-6 win over Vernon’s Brad Wood in C bracket play Sunday morning.

Decap iced Longworth 7-5 Sunday afternoon.

Perepolkin and Wood both finished at 1-3.

Meanwhile, Jean Wilkie (CanHealth Dental sponsor) won the A event of the Enderby Ladies Curling Bonspiel last weekend. Wilkie was backed by third Ann Bell, second Thea Luttmerding and lead Liz Poor.

B event winners – Skip Sandy Farynuk, third Nancy Hedderson, second Diane MacPherson and lead Deb Katerenchuk (sponsored by Enderby Jewelers).

C event winners – Skip Dianne Mouncey, third Sandy Bennett, second Lisa Gilowski and lead Quin Wheeldon (sponsored by Case Furniture).

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