Celebrating their 'white gold' medals at the 2014 Canada 55_ Games are

Celebrating their 'white gold' medals at the 2014 Canada 55_ Games are

Comox Valley rink wins silver at Canada 55+ Games

Kim Jonsson leads Team BC to second place, narrowly losing in gold medal game

Team Jonsson, representing Team BC in the senior womenʼs 55+ curling category, won silver at the 2014 Canada 55+ Games this past week in Sherwood Park, Alta.

Kim was skipping the team of third Mary Holden, second Sharon Walker and lead Mickey Colburn. They played a round-robin format against Nova Scotia, PEI, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and realized their goal of advancing to the gold medal game.

Their Nova Scotia competition, skipped by Colleen Pinkney from the Truro Curling Club, was tough. She and her lead won the Canadian Senior curling title last season in PEI, taking the trophy for the second time. To top that off, her team competed at the World Senior Curling Championship in Dumfries, Scotland in April 2014 and took the silver medal against Scotland.

The Jonsson team had a slow start in the final game, with Pinkney taking an early lead. However, the Comox Valley Curling Club quartet came back strong and tied the game in the eighth, going to an extra end.

It was shot for shot, coming down to the Jonsson team lying two in the house without hammer and Pickney needing a perfect shot to break the tie and win the gold. It was a nail-bitter with the gallery focused on the exciting end, with Pickneyʼs last rock slightly over curling but settled in for shot. What a great game and there was a comment that the silver medal was really white gold!

 

Heather Nedohin, who has competed in the Alberta and Canadian Scotties as well as at the Ford Worldʼs, presented the curling teams with their medals in an exciting finish to an incredible four days of curling.

Team Jonsson has a week off then will compete in the 2014 BC Senior Games in Langley from Sept. 9-13. They will be defending their gold title from last yearʼs games in Kamloops, and this was certainly a good trial run for the team.

 

 

– Comox Valley Curling Club

 

 

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