Chilliwack curlers chase provincial championships

Locals have qualified for B.C. championships in the senior women’s and mixed doubles divisions.

Chilliwack’s Lisa Deputan leads her crew into next month’s B.C. Senior Curling Championships after surviving a Lower Mainland playdown last weekend.

The top seven women’s teams in the 50-plus age group will go head to head at the Vernon Curling Club Feb. 18-23.

Deputan leads a quartet that includes curlers from the Chilliwack Curling Club, Golden Ears Winter Club and Langley Curling Club. Donna Maitland is her third, Crystal Murray is her second and Sheila Ford is her lead.

The winner of the seven team tournament advances to the 2020 Everest Canadian Senior Curling Championships which are being held March 16-22 in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.

Meanwhile, Chilliwack’s Stephanie Prinse pursues a provincial title closer to home.

Prinse is teaming up with Rhys Gamache of the Golden Ears Winter Club. They’ll be one of 16 duos competing at the 2020 B.C. Mixed Doubles Curling Championship which runs Feb. 25 to March 1, just up the freeway at the Hope Curling Club.

The fast-paced version of the game features one male and one female curler and the game is played over eight ends (instead of the usual 10).

Each team has only six stones and one of those stones from each team is pre-positioned on the centre line before every end of play. One player delivers the first and last stones of the end while the other player throws the second, third and fourth stones. If they choose to, the two players may swap positions from one end to the next. Both team members are also allowed to sweep.

The winner of this event will go on to represent BC at the Canada Inns Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, which takes place March 17-22 in Portage La Prairie.

Mixed doubles curling debuted at the Pyeongchang Olympics and is due to be in Beijing in 2022.

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