Richard wins BC Men's Championship

Team Jeff Richard (Photo: CURL BC) will represent British Columbia at the 2022 Tim Hortons Brier in Lethbridge, Alberta.

By: Cameron Sallaj

In a high scoring final Sunday afternoon in Kamloops, Team Jeff Richard, curling out of four different clubs in BC, emerged victorious over Team Paul Cseke from Victoria and will now represent the province at the Brier in Lethbridge.

It was Team Cseke, however, that got on the board in the first end with a single point. Facing three Richard stones surrounding the button and completely buried on his first, Paul Cseke made a fantastic triple takeout to give himself the opportunity for the single point.

In the second, Team Richard's skip Brent Pierce made no mistake on his last rock of the end to count three and take a 3-1 lead. The team from Victoria responded with a deuce in the third end to level the score following a precise angle runback from Paul Cseke on his lack rock.

Team Richard retook the lead with a deuce in the fourth end. The team then stole a point in the fifth following a measure to go up 6-3 at the break.

Team Cseke came storming back at the start of the second half with four consecutive points over the sixth, seventh and eighth ends. The Victoria based team scored one in the sixth end before taking a single point steal in the seventh and stealing two more in the eighth to take their first lead since the first end 7-6.

With a great draw to the side of the button, Team Richard retook the lead in the supposed penultimate end of the game to go up 8-7 coming home. In the tenth, Team Cseke were only able to score a single point, sending the game into an extra end.

With the provincial title on the line, Brent Pierce secured the win with a nose hit on his final shot to take three and win the match 11-8.

For skip Brent Pierce, it was his fourth BC Men's title having also won the event in 1998, 2000 and 2009. Richard secured the third provincial men's title of his career with wins in 2010 and 2018 as well. For front end Jared Kolomaya and Nicholas Meister, it was their first BC Men's title.

While talking to CURL BC after the game, skip of Team Richard Brent Pierce said that "For a guy my age it feels pretty good I'll tell you. I didn't know if I'd get another shot at something like this and when these guys gave me a chance to come on the team I say "Hey, careful what you wish for man" but they played great all week for me and what else could you ask for."

Team Richard, curling out of the combined clubs of New Westminster, Langley, Kelowna and Kamloops now prepare to head to the 2022 Tim Hortons Brier in Lethbridge, Alberta. They are the fourth team confirmed to compete in the event, with Brendan Bottcher (Canada), Kevin Koe (Alberta) and Thomas Scoffin (Yukon) also all earning their spots in the national championship already.

Watch a replay of the 2022 BC Men's Championship final here:


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