Nichol rink finishes sixth in Kamloops

A tough team from Comox set the tone for Castlegar’s Nichol rink at the B.C. Senior Men’s Curling Championship in Kamloops last week.

Myron Nichol, Garry Beaudry, Lynn Opperman and Rob Babiarz qualified for the tournament after defeating Kimberley in the Kootenay zone finals in January.

The Harris rink from Vancouver Island defeated Nichol’s team 10-3 in the first game on Feb. 22, including finishing the seventh end with four points.

The going didn’t get any easier that night, as the Nichol rink lost 7-5 against the Thulin rink from Campbell River.

Wednesday saw two close games, with the Castlegar team losing 10-8 to the Ferguson rink from Trail and 6-5 to the McAulay rink from Richmond.

On the third day of the tournament, things started to turn around.

The Nichol rink started the day with a 9-4 victory over the Greig rink from Richmond. The points were gathered steadily throughout the game in one and two point increments.

That evening, four points in the fourth end proved to be enough to win the game 9-3 against the Shephard rink from Williams Lake.

The team finished the tournament on Friday morning against the Gelowitz rink from Kelowna, who squeaked out a 7-6 win.

The Gelowitz rink ended up finishing first. With two wins and five losses, the Nichol rink came sixth.