Chilliwack’s Janet Klebe rink falls in Masters curling final

Klebe advanced to the final round of last week’s B.C. Master Womens Curling Championships.

Chilliwack’s Janet Klebe made a run at a title, falling one win short at the B.C. Master Womens Curling Championships.

The 10 team bonspiel was played Mar. 6-11 at the Creston Curling Club.

Klebe teamed with Kerri Miller (third), Jane Adam (second) and Laurie Shimizu (lead) and together they ripped through pool play with a 9-0 record. Klebe’s crew earned a bye to the finals and the chance to watch a semi-final slugfest between Pat Sanders (Juan de Fuca/Kerry Park) and Linda Brunn (Cloverdale/Langley).

Sanders punched her way through with a 10-4 win, setting up a Sunday afternoon final where scoring was hard to come by.

Klebe scored one in the second and one in the fourth to lead 2-0. But Sanders chipped away, posting one in the fifth and one in the sixth to tie. Sanders produced the decisive point in the eighth end, escaping with a 3-2 win and the right to represent B.C. at the 2018 National Masters Curling Championships, running Apr. 1-8 in White Rock.

Meanwhile, Chilliwack’s Ken Watson had an uncharacteristically tough outing at the B.C. Master Mens Curling Championships, which were also held Mar. 6-11 in Creston.

Watson was joined by Dale Hockley (third), Russ Knutsen (second) and Vic Miller (lead). They opened with a 6-3 loss to Campbell River’s Lyle Boyce and never recovered. Watson’s crew ended up dropping their first four matches before finding the win column with a 4-2 decision over Gerald Kent (Cranbrook/Kimberley/Elkford).

Watson finished at 3-6 with wins over Vancouver/Royal City’s Paul Dunkin (5-4) and Beaver Valley/Grand Forks/Trail’s Bill King (10-2).

The Chilliwackians finished eighth in the 10 team field.

Craig Lepine, with a crew from Langley, Cloverdale, Royal City and Penticton emerged as the bonspiel winner and will represent B.C. at the nationals in White Rock.

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