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Kootenay boys, Thomson, Freschi help Ursel rink to top spot at BC Seniors Curling Championships

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
February 19th, 2016

A rink with a pair of Kootenay players anchoring the front end are in the driver’s seat at the Senior Men’s Curling Provincials at the Richmond Curling Club.

The Bob Ursel rink from Kelowna, with lead Fred Thomson of Nelson and second Don Freschi of Trail on the team, lead the standings following Day three of the provincial championships.

The Ursel foursome, with Dave Stephenson at third, leads the standings with a 5-1 record.

Ursel made it a sweep of Thursday action by defeating Garnet Boese of Smithers 5-2 during the evening draw.

Earlier in the day the Interior rink blasted Stu Harris of Cloverdale 8-1 in five ends.

Ursel opened the competition Tuesday with an 8-3 win over Wes Craig of Victoria.

The Craig rink currently sits in a tie for second spot with Craig Lepine of Langley, each with 4-2 marks.

Ursel then disposed of Myron Nichol of Castlegar 7-2.

The Kootenay rink, with skip Nichol, third Bill van Yzerloo, second Garry Beaudry of Nelson and lead Richard Faunt of Trail, are tied for fourth in the standings with a 3-3 record.

Wednesday Ursel edged Doug Marshall of Chilliwack 4-3 before suffering a hiccup against Al Roemer of Delta Thistle Curling Club 6-4.

Roemer sits at 2-4.

Ursel led 3-0 after three ends before the roof fell in on the team.

The overall winner of the round robin draw at the championships gains the top qualifying position in the Page Playoff Friday evening.

The final is set for Sunday at 11 a.m.

The winner of the provincial championships represents BC at the Canadian Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships March 28 to April 2 in Digby, N.S.

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