Buchy punches ticket to provincials

Kimberley mixed curling team on it's way to another run towards nationals.

Kimberley skip Tom Buchy and his team of mixed curlers punched their ticket to the provincials this weekend after clinching one of the qualifying spots during zone playdowns in Nelson.

Buchy, who teams up with his wife, Lori, joins Dave and Robyn Toffolo for another run at provincials.

The three won the event last year and took their third trip as a team to the Canadian national event. Dave Toffolo has been at the tournament four times, however, his fourth was with a different team.

Team Buchy opened with a 9-4 win over fellow Kimberlite Gord Rowe and his team. That pitted them against Castlegar’s Myron Nichol, who ended up beating the Kimberley team 7-6 by scoring a double in the final end to take the first qualifying spot.

That loss dropped them into the game for the second qualifier, where they faced Donald Bedard out of Grand Forks, and the Buchy team managed to get it done with a 6-3 win.

The Vancouver Curling Club will host the mixed provincial championship in March. Ottawa will welcome curlers from across the country for the national championship in November.