Curling title dream ends for Kamloops rink
The run for the provincial men's curling title is over for the the Kamloops rink of Brent Yamada.
In the Page playoff system's third/fourth game on Saturday morning in Vernon, the Yamada team dropped a 6-5 heartbreaker in 10 ends to Kelowna's Jeff Richard rink.
The loss eliminated Team Yamada from the tourney and sent Richard to Saturday night's semifinal against the fellow Kelowna rink of Jim Cotter.
The victor of the semifinal will face the Neil Dangerfield rink of Victoria in Sunday's 3 p.m, title tilt in the Canadian Direct Insurance B.C. Men's Curling Championship.
The Yamada team wound up playing in one of two tiebreakers on Friday, Feb. 11, and scored one in the 11th and final end to knock off the Aron Herrick rink of Vernon 8-7.
The Kamloops squad finished tied for fourth in the 10-team event's round-robin portion, with a 4-5 record.
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.
Saturday night's semifinal game and Sunday afternoon's championship clash will be televised 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).