BC Curling – Nichol vies for playoff berth

The Heather Nichol rink is holding its own and in the hunt for a playoff berth at the B.C. Senior Women’s Curling championship this week.

The Heather Nichol rink is holding its own and in the hunt for a playoff berth at the B.C. Senior Women’s Curling championship at the Comox Curling Club this week.

The Nichol rink with Trail’s Rose Beauchamp as third, second Sue Babiarz, and Cindy Pettapiece rebounded from an opening 10-1 loss to Langley’s Gwen Clark rink on Tuesday morning, to beat the Joanne Kern foursome from Tsawassen 8-6 later that day. Nichol scored three in the fifth to break open a close 3-2 match and roll to the victory over Kern.

The West Kootenay team continued its good play with a dramatic 7-6 extra-end victory over the Katie Witt rink from Nanaimo. Nichol trailed Witt 6-3 headed into the ninth end, but a deuce in nine and steals of one in 10 and 11 completed the comeback to push their record to 2-1.

Unfortunately, Nichol would face the 2012 B.C. Champion in the undefeated Penny Shantz rink from Comox in the sixth draw on Wednesday. Nichol kept it close trailing 4-2 until the seventh when Shantz scored five to bust it wide open.

The Lisa Deputan rink from Chilliwack sit in second spot behind Shantz with a 4-1 record, and played Nichol in the early draw Thursday. Deputan capitalized early, scoring three in the first end to go onto a 11-1 win.

With a 2-3 record the West Kootenay rink is tied for third and can still make the playoffs with wins over former Trail resident Kathy Smiley (2-2) of Royal City and the Lil Blashko rink (2-3) of Summerland on Friday.

In the Sr. Men’s action the Wes Craig foursome of Victoria is a perfect 5-0 as of Thursday afternoon, with Campbell River’s Dean Thulin in second at 4-1, and last year’s champion Craig Lepine from the Peace Arch Curling Club in third at 3-2.

Go to playdowns.com for more on the B.C. Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling championship.