B.C. champs Jeff Richard and Sarak Wark went 3-4 at the Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Saskatoon. - Image: Curl BC

B.C. champs Jeff Richard and Sarak Wark went 3-4 at the Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Saskatoon. - Image: Curl BC

Richard, Wark win 3 at Canadian mixed doubles

Provincial champs place fifth in pool play in Saskatoon

Kelowna’s Jeff Richard and Chilliwack’s Sarah Wark overcame a slow start to put in a respectable performance at the Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship.

After getting out of the gate at 0-3 last weekend at nationals in Saskatoon, Richard and Wark finished with a 3-4 record to place fifth in their pool. It wasn’t quite enough to advance the pair on to the playoff round of 12 teams.

Richard and Wark captured the B.C. championship on Sunday, Feb. 5 at the Kelowna Curling Club, defeating Vernon’s Jim and Jaelyn Cotter 7-2 in the final.

In Saskatoon, the Cotter duo posted a 4-3 record in their pool, then lost in the first draw of the playoff round.

Winnipeg’s Reid Carruthers and Joanne Courtney won the national mixed doubles title, defeating Calgary’s John Morris and Ottawa’s Rachel Homan 9-6 in Sunday’s final.

In mixed doubles curling, teams are comprised of two players.

The major difference between regular curling and mixed doubles is the positioning of two stones – one per team – which are set before the beginning of each end.

The ‘positioned’ stones that are placed before the beginning of each end are also eligible to be counted in the scoring.