The front end of Craig Burton and Keith Clarke go hard on the brooms for teammate Steve Waatainen in the final end of the championship. JIM BAILEY photo

Kerry Park-Nanaimo team wins B.C. senior men’s curling championship

Wes Craig, Steve Waatainen, Craig Burton and Keith Clarke win gold at the championships in Trail

The 2019 B.C. Senior Curling Championships crowned champions from the mid Island.

The combined Kerry Park-Nanaimo rink of Wes Craig, Steve Waatainen, Craig Burton and Keith Clarke won the title on Sunday at the Trail Curling Club.

The Craig rink met another highly touted entry, the Craig Lepine team, in the final and the curlers didn’t leave anyone disappointed, delivering an extra-end thriller to decide the winner.

The Craig team, with Waatainen third, Burton second, and Clarke lead, lost to Lepine in the opening match 4-3 following a circus shot by skip Lepine on his final rock.

It was Craig’s turn in Sunday’s final. Down 4-2 in the eighth, Craig found a port and bumped his own rock into the four-foot to knock out Lepine’s stone, score two and force the extra end.

Perfect rocks from Craig’s third Waatainen buried a stone on the back of the four-foot, leaving Lepine a tough run-back for the win. The rock stayed out and Lepine was thin on the hit, missing the take out-in an exciting 5-4 Craig victory.

The two teams also met in last year’s final with Lepine coming out on top.

The Marilou Richter team from Penticton-Kelowna, with Dawn Everest third, Cindy Curtain second, and Deirdre Riley lead, went undefeated, closing out the tournament with 6-4 victory over Team Sheila Cowan in the women’s final to claim gold.

For Richter, a key moment in the game came in the fourth end, when Cowan was counting two with rocks side-by-side and buried on the button. Somehow skip Marilou Richter found a path and ran her own rock onto the two red stones, moving them just enough to score two and take a 4-1 lead.

However, Cowan battled back scoring two in the the fifth end, and tying the game with a steal in the sixth. Richter scored one in the seventh, and stole the eighth for the victory.

The Richter and Craig teams will head to Chilliwack for the 2019 Canadian Senior Curling Championship, Mar. 22-28.


Both Craig and Richter curled to gold at the Trail Curling Club and will represent B.C. at the upcoming Canadian Senior Curling Championship in Chilliwack Mar. 22-28.

Team Wes Craig from Nanaimo-Kerry Park and Team Marilou Richter from Penticton-Kelowna won the 2019 Senior Curling Championships at the Trail Curling Club on Sunday. Jim Bailey photo

The Richter team celebrates at closing ceremonies.

Just Posted

Bastion Street bridge closed for construction work

Span connecting downtown to Old City Quarter closed to vehicle traffic for six weeks

Governor General’s Award-winning author launches her new book

Wendy Phillips’s ‘Baggage’ is told in experimental ‘free verse’ style

Nanaimo city councillors to hold e-town hall meeting on strategic priorities

Meeting will take place May 23 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre

Nanaimo Heritage Festival helps highlight the long weekend

Parade and family activities took place downtown today, May 19

Crews putting out one of the first wildfires of the season in Nanaimo

Nanaimo Fire Rescue, B.C. Wildfire Service called to Doumont Road fire

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Nanaimo ferry stops to let bear swim past

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife

Two cats die in house fire in Nanaimo

Fire happened just after 2 p.m. Sunday on Fifth Street, one resident displaced

Wellington Secondary drama program stages adaptation of ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Production will feature two actresses in the role of Alice

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Say no to plastic straws

Straws make drinking frappuccinos easier, but they kill sea creatures, says letter writer

RDN looking into providing bus service 365 days a year

RDN transit committee to consider adding bus service on Christmas, New Year’s and Good Friday

Should B.C. already be implementing province-wide fire bans?

A petition is calling for B.C. Wildfire Service to issue a ban to reduce risk of human caused wildfires

Growing wildfire prompts evacuation of High Level, Alta.

Chuckegg Creek fire has been burning for several day, but grew substantially Sunday

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Most Read