The Sheila Cowan rink put in an impressive charge but were unable to get past Penticton/Kelowna’s Marilou Richter in the B.C. senior women’s curling championship, falling 6-4 in the final at Trail Curling Club on the weekend.
Cowan, who calls Royal City and Delta’s Thistle curling clubs home base, overcame a 4-1 deficit by scoring two in the top of the fifth end and one in the sixth to pull even at 4-4, but were unable to match Richter as the Penticton team cashed in single points in both seventh and eighth ends to take the title.
Team Cowan also includes third Donna Mychaluk, second Sandra Comadina and lead Victoria Murphy.
It was the first provincial win for Team Richter, who went undefeated at the competition.
Cowan, meanwhile, marched to the final thanks to a solid run in the round robin, beginning with a 6-5 win over Nanaimo’s Shearer rink. After dropping a 6-5 decision to Richter in their second game, the Royal City squad topped Quesnel’s Ernst rink 8-2. They suffered their second round-robin setback, 7-4 to the Anderson rink of Kelowna, before rebounding to win their next four games to advance to the final.
In the qualifier, Cowan turned the tables on Chilliwack’s Deputan in the fifth end with two points to go ahead 4-3. They’d build on that lead to exit as 6-4 victors to set up the showdown with Richter.
The two teams’ previous encounter was even closer, as Richter had to steal two in the eighth to pull out a 6-5 victory after Cowan jumped ahead 5-2 with two in the top of the sixth. Richter tallied a pair in the seventh to set up her comeback.
In the boys under-18 Open playdowns, the Royal City/Port Moody rinks Duncan-Wu team captured the B event fial, beating the Tao rink of Richmond/Abbotsford 6-5.
The rink, which features skip Alex Duncan-Wu, third Kazune Eugene Fei, second Matthew Fenton and lead Daniel Deng, posted a 3-1 record at the meet.