Nine draws has cut the field in half at the BC Scotties women’s curling championship in Cloverdale, and five games over the next three days will determine a provincial champion.
Patti Knezevic of Prince George a three-time defending B.C. champion Kelly Scott of Kelowna finished one-two after the round robin of the 10-team competition at the Cloverdale Curling Club.
The two teams will play off tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to Sunday’s final, the loser dropping into Saturday night’s semifinal match at 5:30 p.m.
Scott hung on to defeat Simone Brosseau (2-7, won-loss) of Juan de Fuca 8-7. Scott held a 7-1 lead after five ends. Knezevic defeated Roberta Kuhn (2-7) of Vernon 8-3.
Knezevic and Scott both finished 7-2, along with Marla Mallett of the host club. Mallett was relegated to third after the tiebreaker was applied, despite a 7-3 win over Kirsten Fox of the Royal City Curling Club. The loss eliminated Fox (5-4) from this weekend’s playoffs.
Allison MacInnes of Abbotsford and Marilou Richter of Royal City tied for fourth place at 6-3 after both teams won this morning. MacInnes blanked Simone Groundwater (1-8) of Williams Lake 9-0, while Richter stopped Lisa Olsen (2-7) in a battle of Royal City curlers.
MacInnes and Richter will play in a tiebreaker this afternoon at 2:30 p.m, the winner to advance to a match with Mallett tomorrow at 10 a.m. to determine the second semifinalist.
Sunday’s final will be at 2 p.m.