In 2011, Kelowna curlers were once again a force to be reckoned with on the provincial scene.
For the fourth time in six years, Kelly Scott was the top woman’s curling team in B.C., while the Jim Cotter rink from Vernon—featuring Kelowna’s Kevin Folk and Rick Sawatsky—won the B.C. men’s championship.
In Cloverdale in January, it didn’t come easy for the Scott team as it twice lost to Kelley Law, once in the round robin and again in the semifinals.
But when it counted most, Scott, third Dailene Sivertson, second Sasha Carter and lead Jacquie Armstrong, defeated Law 5-3 in the provincial women’s final.
“The week was a grind right from the start,” Scott said. “We had close games all the way, there was no time where we could coast so that really kept us on our toes.
“It was a really good win for us, so we’re pretty happy to be going back to the Scotties.”
At the Scotties in Charlottetown, PEI, the Scott rink went 7-4 in the round robin, before losing a tiebreaker to Nova Scotia.
For the Cotter rink, provincial glory came in February in Vernon with a 6-4 win over Victoria’s Neil Dangerfield in the B.C. men’s final.
“We’re just absolutely thrilled, obviously, the guys played fabulous all week and we really brought it to the table,” said Cotter, who threw skip rocks all season after an injury forced previous skip Bob Ursel to sit out the season.
“It’s exciting. Any time you get to go to the Brier, it’s exciting.”
At the Brier in London, the Cotter rink posted a 4-7 record to miss the playoffs.