B.C. women’s curling dynasty ends, courtesy Victoria rink

Kesa van Osch and company off to Scotties Tournament of Hearts nationals

The Victoria-based rink of Kesa Van Osch is heading to Montreal and the Scotties’ Tournament of Hearts, after defeating defending champion Kelly Scott 5-4 in Sunday’s final of the B.C. women’s curling championships in Prince George.

Van Osch, from Nanaimo, curls in the Victoria Select League with third Stephanie Baier of Victoria, second Jessie Sanderson of Coquitlam and lead Carley Sandwith of Victoria. They’ll open play at the national event Feb. 1 at the Maurice Richard Arena.

With the game tied 4-4 and Scott holding the hammer in the 10th end, the champs buried a stone in the four-foot and protected it well, forcing Scott to attempt a draw to the button for the win. The Kelowna skip came up short, giving Van Osch, the 2012 B.C. junior champion, her first senior title.