Silver for Sandra Gallaway at B.C. Masters Women’s championship

Comox Valley rink falls 11-3 to Karen Lepine in final

Sandra Gallaway’s Comox Valley rink won the silver medal at the B.C. Masters Women’s Curling Championship in Nanaimo.

Karen Lepine (Langley/Cloverdale) defeated Gallaway 11-3 in the Sunday, March 8 final to garner the gold. Lepine finished the eight-team playdown with an 8-1 record while Gallaway was 6-2.

Lepine led 6-3 after six ends in the final. In the seventh, Gallaway attempted a tap-up with her second rock but it was heavy and left Lepine a draw for two.

Karen Smiley (Royal City) took the bronze medal, finishing at 5-3.

Gallaway (with third Mary Holden, second Mary Ellen Werner and lead Elaine Starchuk) was undefeated (4-0) until the fifth draw when she lost 7-1 to Smiley. The Comox Valley quartet bounced back with a 14-6 win over Trudy Bentley (Quesnel) on Friday morning and defeated Ann Ramsbottom (Chilliwack) 9-5 that afternoon.

On Saturday, Lepine scored one in the eighth to edge Smiley 6-5 and advance to Sunday’s final against Gallaway.

The two rinks met in the third draw on Wednesday afternoon, with Gallaway prevailing 8-3.

The Gallaway foursome opened Tuesday with an 11-10 win over Lorraine Jeffries (Port Alberni) then beat Bonnie Babson (Blind Bay) 5-2 and Lepine 8-3 on Wednesday. They defeated Laura Rampton (Marpole) 7-3 Thursday morning before losing 7-1 to Smiley on Thursday.


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