Freeman four fall short of nationals

Chilliwack Curling Club's Mike Freeman rink was thwarted twice by Royal City's Dean Joanisse at the Mixed Provincials.

The Chilliwack Curling Club’s Mike Freeman rink went 3-3 at last weekend’s Mixed Provincial Championship, failing in a bid for a national berth.

Freeman was joined by third Kim McLandress, second Bill Dalzell and lead Victoria Murphy.

Together, they started strong last Thursday with a 6-3 win over Tom Buchy’s Kimberley Curling Club crew.

A 7-6 win over Royal City’s Paul Cseke rink had the Chilliwackians on track until Friday morning.

Facing Royal City’s Dean Joanisse in the A event final, the locals lost 6-5, with Joanisse earning the decisive point in the eighth end.

The loss bumped Freeman’s four into the B event bracket, where they still had a shot at that national spot.

A 10-2 demolition of Tunnel Town’s Cody Tanaka set up a rematch with Joanisse, but again Freeman was thwarted. An 8-3 loss left the Chilliwackians with one last chance, facing Buchy in a Sunday morning match that ended in a loss.

Freeman trailed 4-1 late.

Singles in the seventh and eighth ends made it close, but the final was 4-3.