Opening ceremonies took place last night (March 1) and the championship began with a number of womens’ round robin matches.
Moreen MacLeod (Royal City) lost to Kelowna’s Maureen Bird 5-4.
Carol McFadden (also from Royal City) won 8-7 over Marnie Devlin’s rink from Beaver Valley.
Sandra Gallaway’s rink (Comox, B.C.) took on Vivian MacDonald’s (Kamloops), with MacDonald winning 6-4.
The Sally Noonan rink (Nanaimo) lost to its counterpart, the Beverly Skinner rink (Summerland) 6-2.
Draw 2 for the women’s team began at 12 p.m. with the McFadden rink bypassing Noonan by a point to win 8-7.
Gallaway beat MacLeod 9-3, which ended in the seventh end, while Skinner’s rink beat Marnie Devlin’s 9-5 after eight ends.
MacDonald lost to Maureen Bird’s rink 11-5 in seven ends.
Draw 1 for the mens’ teams began March 2, with Glen Ford’s Chilliwack rink defeating Doug Bothamley’s rink from Creston 8-3.
Craig Lightbody and rink (Royal City) defeated Alex Coffey’s rink (Quesnel) 6-3.
Rick Pughe (also from Royal City) defeated Wayne Saboe and his rink from Kamloops by a slim 3-2 margin.
Bob Gallaugher (Duncan) defeated Garry Gelowitz’s Kelowna rink 6-5.
In Draw 2, Gallaugher and rink defeated Lightbody 9-5.
Pughe beat Ford 5-3.
Gelowitz beat Coffey handily 8-2.
The Bothamley rink hung on to defeat Saboe 6-5.
Draw 3 began this morning at 9 a.m. and Bird lost 5-4 to Gallaway.
Noonan defeated Devlin 11-2 while MacLeod edged out MacDonald 5-2.
McFadden defeated Skinner 6-3.
Bothamley defeated Pughe at the completion of eight ends 6-4 as Draw 3 for the mens’ competition began.
Quesnel’s Coffey beat Gaullaugher 8-3 in seven ends, while Saboe won against Ford 6-5.
Gelowitz was a rock away from winning, losing 5-4 to Lightbody.
Sunday morning was the start of the semifinals, where Skinner defeated Gallaway 7-4 at the end of seven rounds, and Bird won against McFadden 9-1.
Skinner and Bird play off in the finals, with the Skinner winning the 6-4 in a tight match up.
For the men’s semifinals, Lightbody beat Bothamley 6-4 and Pughe against Gallaugher 8-2. Both games concluded at the seventh end.
The finals saw Pughe and Lightbody, both teams from Royal City, battling against each other. Ultimately, the last end resulted with Pughe pulling away with two to win 6-4.
See the Wednesday, March 7 issue of the Grand Forks Gazette for the full story.