First win, fifth win highlight BC Senior Curling finals

The Royal City (New Westminster)/Parksville rink of Victoria Murphy (from left), Janet Suter, Shirley Wong and Donna Mychaluk celebrate their B.C. Senior Women’s Curling Championship victory Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)The Royal City (New Westminster)/Parksville rink of Victoria Murphy (from left), Janet Suter, Shirley Wong and Donna Mychaluk celebrate their B.C. Senior Women’s Curling Championship victory Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)
Victoria Murphy (left) discusses shot options with skip Donna Mychaluk during the B.C. Senior Women’s Curling Championship game Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)Victoria Murphy (left) discusses shot options with skip Donna Mychaluk during the B.C. Senior Women’s Curling Championship game Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)
Four-time B.C. Senior Women’s Curling champion Penny Shantz is seen through the arms of her counterpart, Donna Mychaluk, during the provincial final Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)Four-time B.C. Senior Women’s Curling champion Penny Shantz is seen through the arms of her counterpart, Donna Mychaluk, during the provincial final Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)
Skip Donna Mychaluk (right) shouts instructions on her rock to sweepers Janet Suter (left) and Shirley Wong during the B.C. Senior Women’s Curling final Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)Skip Donna Mychaluk (right) shouts instructions on her rock to sweepers Janet Suter (left) and Shirley Wong during the B.C. Senior Women’s Curling final Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)
Veteran skip Penny Shantz (centre) and her lead, Teri Palynchuk, are dejected after losing the B.C. Senior Women’s Curling Championship final Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)Veteran skip Penny Shantz (centre) and her lead, Teri Palynchuk, are dejected after losing the B.C. Senior Women’s Curling Championship final Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)
B.C. champion skip Donna Mychaluk (right) receives congratulations on her win from opposing third, Colleen Robson, Sunday, Feb.23, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)B.C. champion skip Donna Mychaluk (right) receives congratulations on her win from opposing third, Colleen Robson, Sunday, Feb.23, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)
Wes Craig (front) watches his stone while opponent Normand Cote follows along during the B.C. Senior Men’s Curling Final Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)Wes Craig (front) watches his stone while opponent Normand Cote follows along during the B.C. Senior Men’s Curling Final Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)
Steve Wright delivers a skip stone during the B.C. Senior Men’s Curling Final Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)Steve Wright delivers a skip stone during the B.C. Senior Men’s Curling Final Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)
Losing third Ron Schmidt (left) offers congratulations to winning opponent Keith Clarke after the B.C. Senior Men’s Curling final Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)Losing third Ron Schmidt (left) offers congratulations to winning opponent Keith Clarke after the B.C. Senior Men’s Curling final Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)

Five times a bridesmaid, never a bride.

Until Sunday.

Donna Mychaluk – five times a B.C. Senior Women’s Curling silver medalist – finally added gold to her collection Sunday at the Vernon Curling Club.

Mychaluk, backed by third Victoria Murphy, second Shirley Wong and lead Janet Suter, calmly drew to the top of the 12-foot with her final stone in an extra end to knock out the shot stone of Penny Shantz and score a 6-5 victory.

The Royal City (New Westminster)/Parksville quartet tried to win the elusive provincial title in the final end but Mychaluk’s attempted draw to the button came up a few inches short.

Mychaluk and Murphy curled last year with Sheila Cowan, losing the provincial final in Trail to Penticton’s Marilou Richter, who was third in Vernon.

READ MORE: Top BC seniors curlers converge on Vernon

Shantz, a four-time champion, and her Parksville/Nanaimo/Comox Valley/Vernon rink of third Colleen Robson, second Debbie Erdos, lead Teri Palynchuk and fifth player Susan Hamilton of Vernon, forced the extra end with one in the seventh end and the steal of one in eight.

The men’s final was anticlimactic as defending champ Wes Craig and his Duncan/Nanaimo rink of third Steve Waatainen, second Keith Clarke and lead Craig Burton scored four in the second end, then added steals of one point in the next three ends for a 7-1, six-end victory over the Kelowna/Comox Valley quartet of skip Steve Wright, third Ron Schmidt, second Normand Cote and lead Shaun Everest.

It’s the fifth provincial senior crown for Craig who, along with Mychaluk, will represent B.C. at the Canadian championships next month in Portage la Prairie, Man.



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Comox Valley Curling

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Courtenay–Alberni MP Gord Johns says 12 million Canadians do not have dental insurance. Photo by Bofu Shaw, courtesy of Unsplash
Courtenay–Alberni MP, CDA consider dental care for all Canadians

Gord Johns has initiated a mail-out that asks constituents the date of… Continue reading

A 407 Squadron CP-140 Aurora, along with a Halifax-Class frigate enforce United Nations sanctions against North Korea in support of Op Neon in 2019. Canadian Forces photo/submitted
407 Squadron defends Canada for 80 years

The Comox-based squadron celebrating special anniversary

Jasmine Francoeur from Comox is an aviation technician for the Snowbirds air demonstration team. Photo by Canadian Forces/submitted
Comox’s Jasmine Francoeur’s career comes full circle with the Snowbirds

“To fly out here, fly into my hometown, it’s very special and I feel very lucky”

The school board is endorsing a national coalition for healthy food in schools. Screenshot, Comox Valley Schools
Comox Valley school board backs national healthy food initiative

Coalition for Healthy School Food wants federal government to invest in food program

Comox Valley RCMP have responded to an increased amount of calls last year within the Town of Comox. File photo
Policing calls for traffic, domestic assault increasing within Town of Comox: RCMP

There were 2,806 calls for service within the town in 2020

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. to start releasing neighbourhood-specific COVID numbers after data leak

Documents obtained by the Vancouver Sun show cases broken down by neighbourhoods

Ladysmith RCMP safely escorted the black bear to the woods near Ladysmith Cemetary. (Town of Ladysmith/Facebook photo)
Black bear tranquillized, relocated after wandering around residential Ladysmith

A juvenile black bear was spotted near 2nd Avenue earlier Friday morning

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix update B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count creeps up, seven more deaths

445 people in hospital, 157 in intensive care

Summerland’s positive test rate is much higher than surrounding local health areas, according to internal BC CDC documents. (BC CDC)
Summerland 3rd behind Surrey, Abbotsford in daily per capita COVID-19 cases

Interior Health is rolling out additional vaccine availability to the community

Amazon is pausing its Prime Day marketing event in Canada this year amid ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at its facilities in Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Amazon Prime Day halted in Canada due to COVID-19 outbreaks in warehouses

The event was postponed to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, the company says

Ally Thomas, 12, seen in an undated family handout photo, died on April 14 from a suspected overdose. Her family says they are frustrated more public supports weren't available when they tried to get her help. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Minister says suspected overdose death of 12-year-old pushing B.C. to ‘do better’

Minister Sheila Malcolmson of Mental Health and Addictions says the government is working ‘as hard as we can’ to build a system of care for youths

Most Read