Team Wes Craig, shown here at the 2019 championship in Trail, won the 2022 Men’s BC Seniors Curling Championship in Chilliwack on Sunday. Photo: Jim Bailey

Team Wes Craig, shown here at the 2019 championship in Trail, won the 2022 Men’s BC Seniors Curling Championship in Chilliwack on Sunday. Photo: Jim Bailey

Castlegar curlers compete in seniors and club championships

BC Curling Club Challenge takes place March 24-27 at the Trail Curling Centre

The BC Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling championship were decided on Sunday, March 20 at the Chilliwack Curling Club.

Team Leanne Andrews from Golden Ears-Langely defeated Mary-Anne Arsenault from Royal City in New Westminster on Sunday, 8-7, in an extra end to claim the women`s title.

On the men’s side, the Wes Craig rink from Nanaimo defeated Team Brent Pierce from Royal City Curling Club, 7-2, to win the provincial title.

The win makes it skip Craig’s sixth seniors title as the Nanaimo curler also won the event in 2020 and 2019 in Trail, as well as, 2010, 2014 and 2015.

A total of 10 women’s and 17 men’s teams competed including the Castlegar-Trail team skipped by Deane Horning, third Bill van Yzerloo, second Don Freschi, lead Richard Faunt and alternate Devo Devine.

Team Horning went through the preliminary round with a 3-1 record in their pool. However, Team Horning lost to Craig, 8-4, and then was eliminated from contention falling to their Pool A winner Lyle Sieg of Abbotsford 10-1.

The week before, Castlegar-Trail Team Bill van Yzerloo earned a bronze medal at the 2022 BC Masters Curling Championship with Myron Nichol, Freschi, Gary Beaudry, and Faunt.

BC Curling Club Challenge

The best club curlers in the province are travelling to Trail to compete at the BC Curling Club Challenge from March 24-27.

The Trail Curling Centre is set to host the provincial club championship with nine men’s teams and six women’s teams competing.

The Trail Ladies Curling Club will be represented by skip Sandra Meger, third Rose Beauchamp, second Mariah Davies, and lead Rhonda Baldwin with alternate Diana Keraiff.

The Trail Curling Association will see Team Deb DeTremaudan, third Laurel Babcock, second Kathy Person and lead Carolyn Bent take to the ice.

The ladies also welcome the Castlegar rink skipped by Susan Hicks and a Nelson team skipped by Maria Dreher. The ladies’ field is rounded out by Delta’s Kim Dennis team and Nanaimo Curling Club’s Debbie Erdos.

On the men’s side, Trail curling is represented by skip Les Lepine, third Alvin Caron, second Wolfgang Koban and lead Bill Van Beek.

The Beaver Valley Curling Club out of Fruitvale will send skip Devo Devine, third Russ Beauchamp, second Kevin Thomas and lead Al Bressanutti.

Two teams from Castlegar will also join the fray including Team Myron Nichol and Team James McKenzie. Filling out the men’s side are Team Chris Gomes from Delta Thistle Curling Club, Ron Schmidt from Comox Valley, Andrew Forrest from Vancouver, Team Brendan Neff out of Nanaimo, and Cloverdale’s Team Stu Harris.

Read: Senior Curling championship wraps up at Trail Curling Club

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