Japanese team wins men’s curling classic final

Japanese team wins men’s curling classic final

Abbotsford’s Team Wark claims women’s title at Driving Force Abbotsford Cash Spiel

Team Matsumura of Japan defeated Kelowna’s Team Geall, skipped by Abbotsford’s own Sean Geall, to claim the men’s championship at the Driving Force Abbotsford Cashspiel over the weekend.

Matsumura finished the men’s final up 7-1 after seven ends to claims the men’s title at the Abbotsford Curling Club and win the $8,000 prize.

The men’s draw featured many of B.C.’s best men’s teams competing against teams from Japan, Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Washington State.

In the women’s draw, Team Wark, curling out of Abbotsford this season, defeated Kamloops’ Team Brown, leading 6-3 after six ends, to take the women’s top prize of $5,000.

The women’s draw also featured the province’s best teams competing against teams from Korea, Japan, and China.

“The Driving Force Abbotsford Cashspiel attracts top teams to Abbotsford each year,” Abbotsford Curling Club manager Kent Bird said. “This year’s tournament was no exception, with teams from around the globe coming to our club and showing our members what top-ranked curling looks like.”

The annual Abbotsford event attracted 34 teams this year, competing for a total prize payout of $40,000.

The next big event for the club is the men’s open bonspiel, which runs from Friday to Sunday at the ACC.