Photo by Don Fennell
A last-rock thriller contrasted an earlier lopsided result to cap the 20th annual Pacific International Cup April 21 at the Richmond Curling Centre.
After Ron Schmidt’s Comox Valley rink sailed to an 8-1 victory over Cody Johnston’s Royal City team from New Westminster in the men’s final, Peggy Dorosz of the Yukon Territory saved the best for last to lift her women’s team past Cowichan Rocks in an appropriately memorable finish to the two decade-old event. The result avoided a potential sweep by Vancouver Island teams.
Trailing by a point entering the eighth end, Dorosz made the most of having the final shot to win her second-ever medal at the PIC. She was also part of the 2017 silver medal-winning team. Cowichan Rocks, skipped by Tricia Mayea, had the potentially winning stone sitting atop the four foot.
The anniversary edition of the PIC, as the event is best known, was highlighted by a return to its original format. With the B.C. and international pools eliminated, all the international teams were able to play teams from around the province—an opportunity they welcomed.
The international roster, which included teams from Australia, Brazil and several U.S. states, was further strengthened this year with the debut of India. Skipped by P.N. Raju, Team India also featured Girithar Reddy, Vinay Goenka and Kishan Vasant. All four curlers now reside throughout the U.S. and were drawn to the team by Raju three years ago though social media. Besides advancing the game in their native India, where they teach the game to school children, they’re also hoping to get official recognition from the World Curling Federation with hopes of ultimately representing India at the Olympic Games.
This year’s PIC also served a homecoming for one curler. Terry Miller, who earlier curled at the Richmond Curling Centre, skipped the Yukon men’s team. He moved to Whitehorse a few years ago for work.