Nanaimo skip Kesa Van Osch has arrived on Canadian curling’s biggest stage.
Van Osch won the B.C. women’s championship Sunday in Prince George, defeating eight-time champ Kelly Scott 5-4, and gets to go to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
Van Osch scored two in the eighth end to tie the game 4-4 and the ninth end was blanked. Scott had the hammer in the 10th but Van Osch’s team set things up so that Scott had to try to draw in behind a stone to get to the button. The veteran’s rock came up short and the 22-year-old prevailed.
Van Osch teamed with Stephanie Baier, Jessie Sanderson and Carley Sandwith.
“We’re very honoured and excited for the opportunity to continue our learning at the national level…” said Baier in a Curl B.C. press release. “Our focus has been on learning and making sure that we’re all working as a team to become something that is bigger than the sum of our parts.”
The Scotties Tournament of Hearts will be held in Montreal from Feb. 1-9.
Ontario’s Rachel Homan is defending champ and will wear Team Canada colours at the event. Other high-profile skips who will be competing include Heather Strong of Newfoundland/Labrador, Andrea Crawford of New Brunswick, Stefanie Lawton of Saskatchewan, Kim Dolan of Prince Edward Island and Heather Smith of Nova Scotia.
Look for more curling in upcoming issues of the News Bulletin.