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Meet BC's Scotties team

Colton Davies

Team BC’s Kesa Van Osch came up just short in their opening match at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts on Saturday.

Her rink fell 6-2 to Team Canada’s Michelle Englot — the tournament’s top-ranked rink — in a game that needed all 10 ends.

Van Osch was tied 2-2 with Englot after seven ends, but her rink gave up a pair of points each in the eighth and ninth ends, en route to the 6-2 setback.

"We knew coming out that Team Canada was going to be a tough team to beat. They're a good team, they're Team Canada for a reason," Van Osch said postgame.

"We came out quite strong I felt. We just fell behind a little bit in the last half of the game and we couldn't recover from it."

Kesa is at the Scotties for the second time in her career. She last earned a spot in the tournament in 2014 in Montreal, finishing sixth out of 15 teams.

This year, she has her two sisters playing with her as well, Kalia, and Marika. Amy Gibson rounds out their rink. 

Kesa’s rink plays out of Nanaimo, and she said they have been well-received by Penticton as the home-province team.

She said it feels much more familiar this year in her second round at the Scotties, and added it's great to be the home team.

"Lots of people come and say hi, everyone wants a little piece of you. It's really quite special."

Van Osch's rink will look for their first victory at this year's Scotties on Sunday, when they play a pair of games at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

They face Amie Shackleton of Nunavut at 9 a.m. and Robyn MacPhee of Prince Edward Island at 7 p.m.



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