Team Mary-Anne Arsenault (Photo: CURL BC) has won the 2022 BC Scotties final and will represent the province at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
By: Cameron Sallaj
Mary-Anne Arsenault and her team from Kelowna have secured the 2022 BC Scotties provincial title with an 8-6 win over the Kayla MacMillan rink in Sunday's championship game.
Arsenault, with third Jeanna Schraeder, second Sasha Carter and lead Renee Simons began the scoring in the championship final with a steal of one in the second end. MacMillan attempted a double on her last rock, but jammed the Arsenault stone to give up the stolen point. Victoria's MacMillan rink was able to bounce back in the third end with a nose hit to take a 2-1 lead.
Team MacMillan would increase their lead to 3-1 the following end with a stolen single point. Arsenault faced a MacMillan stone completely buried on her last shot and made a good draw to the four foot to prevent a steal of two by the young MacMillan team.
The team from Kelowna came charging back in the fifth end with a big three points to take a 4-3 lead heading into the fifth end break. Arsenault spread her stones out nicely the entire end with MacMillan not able to execute a double takeout on any of her stones. The Victoria rink tied things up in the sixth end with a single point after coming up short on a draw for two.
Team MacMillan retook the lead in the seventh end with another stolen point to go in front 5-4. It could have been much worse for the Arsenault rink, however, as Mary-Anne drew against five MacMillan counters on her final shot and was able to cut them down to one point. The MacMillan rink extended their lead to 6-4 with another steal in the eighth end with Arsenault coming up short on her final draw.
After giving up three straight single points, Team Arsenault once again bounced back with a pivotal three points in the ninth end to retake the lead. The team from Kelowna buried around a corner guard early in the end with MacMillan not able to make the runback in order to remove the stones. Arsenault took a 7-6 lead heading into the tenth and final end.
In a critical final end, Arsenault sat shot stone with a MacMillan stone right on top of it, buried around a center guard. Kayla MacMillan attempted an angle raise for the win on her final shot, however, the stone did not curl enough and the Arsenault rink took another point to secure the win.
It was Arsenault's first BC provincial title in her first ever BC Scotties while Schraeder, Carter and Simons all won multiple provincial titles playing with Kelly Scott. The team won the 2006 Scott Tournament of Hearts and represented Canada at the 2006 World Women's Curling Championship where they won the bronze medal.
An emotional Arsenault told CURL BC after the game that "It feels really awesome! I must admit I'm a little emotional. You can't take it for granted and when you're fifty-three years old you just never know if you'll ever ever get back so here we go."
The team now joins the almost complete field for the 2022 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Thunder Bay. Arsenault's former team, which is now the Christina Black rink, won the 2022 Nova Scotia Scotties and will also be at the national championship.
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