The idea to form a masters curling team and compete has come to fruition for the Holden team curling out of the Comox Valley Curling Centre. They were successful at the Island Playdowns in Duncan with a winning streak that qualified the team for the BC Provincial Masters in Abbotsford March 8-13. The team consists of skip Mary Holden, third Sharon Walker, second Amber Dufour and lead Elaine Starchuk.
Mary and Sharon have played together for several years and picked up Amber and Elaine who both have experience at the provincial competitive level. A great addition!
Special thanks to Cody Hall, the CVCC ice technician, for preparing practice ice that was similar to that at the playdown venue. The initiative was really helpful and appreciated.
Nanaimo, Qualicum and the local ladies bonspiels are the next ʻpracticeʼ events for the team so all there is to say is “You go girls!”
Distance was not a problem in forming a competitive curling team for the four ladies from the Lower Mainland and the Island.
This team competed in the senior women's Lower Mainland playdowns Jan. 15-17 and successfully secured their spot at the Tim Hortons BC Senior Curling Competition, to be held Feb. 15-21 at the Richmond Curling Centre.
They are skipped by Lynne Nobel from Qualicum & District Curling Club; third, Katie Witt, from the Royal City curling club (Katie is the coach of the current BC Junior Ladies team); second, Comox Valley curler, Colleen Robson; and lead, Janet Harris, also from Royal City. The team is also happy to have Kathy Branch from the Comox Valley Curling Centre as their fifth player.
Lynne, Colleen and Kathy, along with local, Lindsay Sparkes have just come from an A event win in Parksville and are looking forward to their next event in Nanaimo before attending provincials in Richmond.
The team would like to congratulate the Holden masters rink for a great weekend at playdowns and wish them luck in their provincials. Colleen and Kathy would also like to send thanks to the CV Curling Centre members for the support and good wishes.
Both events can be viewed end by end on playdowns.com for the curling enthusiast following the progress of the local curlers.