Kimberley curlers return from provincials

Mixed team runs into tough competition as they defended their title in Vancouver.

The mixed curling team of Tom and Lori Buchy and Dave and Robyn Toffolo

The mixed curling team of Tom and Lori Buchy and Dave and Robyn Toffolo

The mixed curling duos of Tom and Lori Buchy, and Dave and Robyn Toffolo had a tough go at the mixed provincial championship in Vancouver over the weekend.

The team won their first game, but lost the following three, which didn’t qualify  them for the playoffs. The team went in as defending champions, capturing the title last year and representing B.C. on the national stage for the Canadian Mixed Curling Championships.

Buchy’s team scored a devastating four points in the ninth end of their opening game against Jay Wakefield of the hosting club to win 10-8

The next game didn’t go so well, as Tyler Klymchuk’s rink, out of Langley, scored four points in the first and sixth ends on their way to a 11-2 win over the Kimberley team.

The four then took on some familiar faces in a team skipped by Fizz McKie out of Sparwood. The two teams were tied after the fifth end, but McKie deuced in the sixth and ninth end, with a single in the seventh, to win the game at a score of 8-5.

That dropped the Kimberley team down into the ‘C’ event, where they faced Wakefield again in a rematch. The two teams slugged it out and remained tied at 9-9 after 10 ends. Wakefied, holding the hammer, was able to earn a single point in an extra end to ear the 10-9 victory, which ended the Buchy team’s chances of getting into the playoff bracket.

Keith Switzer and his team, representing the host club, won the provincial tournament, and will head off to nationals in Ottawa in November.