The Golden Ears Winter Club’s team Joannise will get another shot at a provincial championship this year.
The teams have competed, the points have been tallied – and now the province’s leading curling teams have secured their berths to the provincial championships.
Team Joanisse, from Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge, and Team Geall, from Kelowna Curling Club, were the top-ranked B.C. men’s teams on the Canadian Team Ranking System list.
Team Joanisse was last year’s provincial silver medallist, and the team returns intact. The team features Abbotsford skip Dean Joanisse, third Paul Cseke (Victoria), second Jay Wakefield (Vancouver) and lead John Cullen (Vancouver).
Joanisse is a former Canadian junior champion (1989) and a two-time BC men’s champion (2001, 2007).
The two teams are the first teams to earn berths to the 2018 belairdirect B.C. Men’s Curling Championship, which will be played out at the Parksville Curling Club from Jan. 30-Feb. 4.
The two women’s teams to have qualified are Team Gushulak, from Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster, and Team Brown, from Kamloops Curling Club.
They are the first two teams to qualify for the 2018 Scotties B.C. Women’s Curling Championship, in Victoria from Jan. 2-7.