The final two Coastal berths to the 2011 Scotties B.C. Tournament of Hearts were determined at the Comox Valley Curling Club on Dec. 18.
Four teams battled it out, with the Adina Tasaka team from Royal City and the Nicole Backe team from Nanaimo emerging successful over Leanne Andrews and Allison MacInnes, both from Royal City.
Backe had a tough redirect and gave up a steal, as Tasaka scored one in the 11th to win 6-5 to earn one berth, while Backe scored three in the eighth and hung on to edge Andrews 7-5 to grab the other spot.
The other eight teams who will be competing at the B.C. Scotties are Kelly Law (Royal City), who led the province in CTRS (Canadian Team Ranking System) points; the Kelly Scott team, who are the returning champions; and the winners through inter-regional playdowns across the province, Jill Winters from Nelson; Jen Fewster and Patti Knezevic from Prince George; Kirsty Lewis from Richmond; Roz Craig from Duncan; and Karla Thompson from Kamloops.
“Many thanks to Curl BC liaison Mare Michell and her volunteers for organizing this event; Brent Aitken, rink manager; Don Pennell, Chief Umpire; and all the fans who came out to watch some very good curling,” a local curling club spokesperson said.
The Scotties Tournament of Hearts B.C. Women’s Curling Championship will be held Jan. 17-23 in Surrey.