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Curling women finish strong; juniors get jackets

Nanaimo curlers missed the playoff brackets, but finished strong at Curl B.C.’s Scotties Women’s Curling Championships in North Vancouver last week.

Locals Nicole Backe and Darah Provencal, both teamed with mainland rinks for the event and both finished with 5-4 records. The other curlers voted Backe as winner of the Kay Giles Memorial Sportsmanship Award.

Kelly Scott of Kelowna won the championship and advances to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Junior ladies get B.C. jackets

Nanaimo’s Van Osch sisters will be among the most stylish teams at junior women’s nationals, which start Saturday (Feb. 4) in Napanee, Ont.

Kesa, Kalia and Marika Van Osch and their teammate Brooklyn Leitch modelled their brand-new B.C. jackets at a special event Thursday at the Nanaimo Curling Centre.

Kalia said the sisters weren’t allowed to open the parcel of jackets until Leitch arrived from the mainland to share in the moment.

“We were pretty excited, we all threw them on and ran to the bathroom so we could look at them. It was really exciting.”

Look for more on the Van Osch sisters later this week in the Bulletin. To read the Bulletin's previous articles about the team from this season, please click here and here.

Senior curlers play for skins

The Mid-Island Co-op Senior Cash League will come down to the last rocks to determine a champion. The curling league will wrap up play Wednesday (Feb. 1) with skins action at the Nanaimo Curling Centre.

The standings are close enough that a title is within reach for a number of teams.

In last Wednesday’s action, Graeme Cave edged Tom Renton 7-6 and Archie McIntosh beat Bob Hungar, also by a 7-6 score.

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