NANAIMO – The 2019 BC Masters Curling Championship is underway with 18 teams and a heavy local flavour.
There are eight men's teams in the tournament held at the Nanaimo Curling Centre and ten on the women's side.
Three of those ten women's teams are from Nanaimo, skipped by Carol Tromans, Marg Obee, and Lorraine Jeffries.
Two draws took place on Tuesday and Wednesday while Thursday will be the busiest day with three ice times.
There are two draws slated for Friday and Saturday as well with the men's and women's final on Sunday.
After the first two days of competition the Gardner, Klebe and McFadden women's rinks out of the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley are in a three way tie at 4-0.
Tromans has the best record of the Nanaimo teams at 2-2, while the Jeffries team is 1-3, and Obee's rink is 0-4.
The Tromans rink is playing in only their second tournament together but each member brings 30 plus years of experience.
Their team practices once a week out of the Nanaimo club.
The Marg Obee rink has been playing together for the past five years and their group fully appreciates the opportunity of playing at a major event in their own back yard, but Second Jill McGlenen says they aren't looking too far ahead.
“We're just taking it one rock at a time, one end at a time, one game at a time,” said McGlenen.
The women's draw was a little bit different this year because there weren't a lot of entries for the zone playoffs.
All ten teams who signed up for the zone playoffs were then allowed to compete at the BC Women's Masters.
On the men's side Wes Craig's rink out of Kerry Park is tied for first at 3-0 after Day 2 with Vic Shimizu's team out of Richmond/Chilliwack.
The winners this week will head to the Canadian Masters Championship April 1-7 in Saskatoon.
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