Joanisse scores second straight semifinal win over Cotter

Dean Joanisse has exacted revenge at the last two World Curling Tour events in the Okanagan.

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Since losing the 2015 B.C. men’s curling final to Vernon’s Cotter in February, at the Vernon Curling Club, Joanisse has exacted revenge at the last two World Curling Tour events in the Okanagan.

Joanisse, from Royal City in New Westminster, snapped a 3-3 Monday semifinal tie with three in the sixth end with the hammer, then held on to beat Cotter 6-5 in the Hub International Crown of Curling event at the Kamloops Curling Club.

The win put Joanisse into an all-New West final against Sean Geall, who made it two wins over his clubmate in the bonspiel with a 5-4 decision to earn the $7,000 first prize cheque.

Joanisse, who won $5,000 Monday, defeated Cotter 9-7 in the semis at the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic earlier this month at the Vernon Curling Club before dropping the final to reigning Canadian champ Pat Simmons of Calgary.

Cotter got one back in the seventh end Monday to be down 6-4 heading into the eighth and final end, but only managed a steal of one, unable to force an extra end.

The Vernon team earned $4,000 for reaching the final four.

Cotter, backed by third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffith and lead Rick Sawatsky, advanced to the playoffs by winning an A event qualifier over Geall, 5-3, Saturday afternoon, then didn’t play again until Monday morning.

Geall qualified out of the B event with a win over Joanisse, who needed to beat 2013 Crown winner Grant Dezura of Maple Ridge in the C event to qualify for Sunday’s playoffs.

Geall advanced to the final with an 8-4 semifinal win over Randi Shen of Taiwan.

 

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