The winner will advance straight to Sunday afternoon’s final, while the loser will play in Sunday morning’s semifinal.
“That’s where you want to be, straight through to that final,” said Van Osch, of Nanaimo, who picked up 4-2 and 10-2 victories over Brandi Tinkler and Cierra Fisher — both of Kamloops — respectively, in her two draws on Friday.
It wasn’t easy as Van Osch and her rink of Carley Sandwith, Marika Van Osch and Ashley Sanderson, recorded a deuce in the 10th end in the morning draw and bounced back from steals of one in each of the first two ends in the afternoon before recording three-enders in the third, fourth and sixth ends and shaking hands.
“We’re feeling really good about where we are and very confident with the ice. Today will be a game of patience. We’ve played [Jensen] a couple of times and I expect this to be a good game, again,” added Kalia Van Osch, who has split two games against Jensen this year.
Jensen lost her first of the round-robin event, 6-5 in an extra end to Corryn Brown of Kamloops in the afternoon.
Brown (now 4-2) had defeated Katherine Silversides of the Juan de Fuca Curling Club 8-2 in the morning. Silversides is now 1-4 and out of the playoff picture. Chilliwack’s Stephanie Prinse, with third Merit Thorson and alternate Nicole Block of the Victoria Curling Centre, lost 8-6 to Jensen to slip to 2-3.
In junior men’s play, Tyler Klymchuk’s split Langley/VCC rink — which includes third Corey Chester, second Sanjay Bowry and coach Todd Troyer of Victoria — remains in first place after a 5-3 afternoon win over Langley’s Tyler Tardi.
Klymchuk was 5-0, tied with Kyle Habkirk of the host club, who stole one in the 10th end to edge a VCC/Esquimalt split squad skipped by Paul Henderson 7-6 in the afternoon. Henderson falls to 1-4 in the standings behind clubmate Cameron de Jong who improved to 3-2 with a resounding 12-3 victory over Brendan Cliff of Vernon.
Duncan Silversides of the VCC doubled off Brandon Emslie of Kelowna 6-3 to improve to 2-3 with late Friday games still on the slate. Klymchuk was facing Habkirk in the late draw in a key matchup that will help determine first place.
n WINNING START: At the Men’s Open in Maple Ridge, Steve Waaitainen of Nanaimo recorded a three-ender in the second on his way to a convincing 9-2 victory in the morning over John Molendyk of the Marpole Curling club in A-event play at the Golden Ears Winter Club.
Neil Dangerfield, of the VCC, dumped Patrick McEachran of the North Shore Curling Club 8-2, while the VCC’s Wes Craig defeated Will House of the Royal City club 8-3 as 17 teams are looking for one of five spots to advance to the Canadian Direct Insurance men’s provincial championship in Parksville the first week of February.
The A-event qualifier will go this afternoon at 2 p.m., with two B-qualifiers set for 7 p.m.
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