Team Brown broke its goose egg on the weekend in Vernon.
After failing to qualify for the playoffs in their first three events of the 2022-2023 curling season, skip Corryn Brown, third Erin Pincott, second Dezaray Hawes and lead Samantha Fisher earned gold in the first B.C. Tour event of the campaign, the Prestige Hotels and Resort Curling Classic.
“The start of the season, results-wise, we weren’t necessarily getting the wins we’d like, but we had some good team debriefs and we didn’t feel like we were far off,” Pincott said. “Things weren’t quite going our way.”
Things went the Kamloops Curling Club rink’s way in the championship final on Sunday, when Team Kitazawa squandered an opportunity to tie the game with last rock in the eighth end, a heavy draw that forced the Japanese rink to settle for one in a 5-4 loss.
“It was nice to taste some victory again,” Pincott said.
Team Brown, which earned a cheque for $5,000 in Vernon, will be in action next at the RBC Dominion Securities Western Showdown, which will run from Oct. 13 to Oct. 16 in Swift Current and feature a $45,000 prize purse.
The 2021-2022 curling season did not go as planned for Team Brown, which suffered a pair of defeats in games in which victory would have seen them through to the Tim Hortons Trials.
“It was just a lot of really big games that ended up in a loss, so I guess it would kind of have a bit of a negative connotation to the season, but overall we did have a pretty good year,” Brown said. “We put ourselves in a lot of good positions at the big events, but just didn’t quite capitalize at the end.”
The Olympic dream was forced to wait and the quartet’s vision of representing B.C. for a third straight year at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts did not pan out, as Team Brown made an early playoff exit from the provincial championships, which were held at their home club.
This season presents a dynamite opportunity for redemption, with Kamloops playing host to the 2023 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, which will run from Feb. 17 to Feb. 26 at the Sandman Centre
“Right now, it’s just building for January and, ultimately, representing B.C. at the hometown Scotties,” Pincott said. “That’s the big carrot for us.
“We’re obviously not trying to focus too far ahead, but really it’s just all about building, working with Jim [coach Jim Cotter] and implementing some new stuff that he’s bringing to the table.
“That’s the theme for us — just building.”