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).