Yamada on cusp of playoff berth at men's provincials
Entering the final round-robin draw on Friday, Feb. 11, the Kamloops rink of Brent Yamada is tied for the fourth and final playoff spot at the Canadian Direct Insurance B.C. Men's Curling Championship in Vernon.
The Yamada crew entered Friday with a 4-4 record, tied with the Aron Herrick rink of Vernon.
Leading the way in the 10-team tourney is the Jim Cotter rink of Kelowna, which has already clinched first at 8-0. Tied for second at 6-2 are the rinks of Jeff Richard (Kelowna) and Neil Dangerfield (Victoria).
On Friday, Yamada's rink is facing the Dangerfield squad.
A Yamada win and a Herrick loss to the undefeated Cotter rink would clinch the final playoff spot for the Kamloops crew.
The tournament is using the four-team Page playoff system, in which the top four teams qualify for the playoffs, with first playing second and third battling fourth.
The winner of the first/second match on Friday night (7 p.m.) advances directly to Sunday's final (3 p.m.), with the loser facing the winner of Saturday's third-fourth contest (noon) in Saturday's semifinal (7:30 p.m.).
Any tiebreakers, if necessary, will be played on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday night's semifinal game and Sunday afternoon's championship clash will be televise live on Shaw Cable (channel 10 in Kamloops).
Fans can follow the action online at playdowns.com.
The Kamloops rink is composed of Brent Yamada (skip), Lance Yamada (lead), Darrin Gerow (second), Corey Sauer (third) and Andrew Barnes (fifth).