Chilliwack’s Stephanie Prinse can’t sustain fast start at B.C. Mixed Doubles Championships

Prinse teamed with Golden Ears athlete Rhys Gamache at the tourney, held at the Hope Curling Club.

Chilliwack’s Stephanie Prinse and Rhys Gamache from the Golden Ears Winter Club finished 4-3, bowing out after round-robin play at last weekend’s B.C. Mixed Doubles Championship.

The bonspiel was held at the Hope Curling Club, with a field that was 16 teams strong. Prinse and Gamache started well last Wednesday with a 7-4 win over Abbotsford’s Debbie and Dean Geiger, followed by a 9-1 blowout of Allison DenToom/David Marchant (Vancouver) Thursday morning.

A 10-5 triumph over Hope’s Debbie McKinney and Terry Foord had Prinse and Gamache looking like title contenders at 3-0, but everything collapsed from there.

The locals fell 8-1 to Royal City’s Shannon Ward and Robbie Gallaugher rink Thursday night in a match that lasted just three ends. They led Troy Cowan/Kayla Wilson (Victoria/Delta) 7-4 through six ends in a Friday afternoon battle and lost 9-7.

Prinse and Gamache got back on track with an 8-5 win over Tunnel Town’s Shawna Jensen and Connor Deane, but ended with a loss Saturday morning, falling 6-4 to Victoria’s Carley Sandwith and Cameron De Jong.

Only four of the 16 teams advanced to the championship round and Prinse/Gamache were left on the outside looking in.

The duo of Steph Jackson-Baier and Corey Chester (Victoria) ended up taking the title with a 6-3 win over Sandwith/De John, capping a perfect tournament where they went 9-0.

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