Morning Star Staff
Vernon’s Kevin Geistlinger remained in a hunt for a semifinal berth at the 16th annual Pacific International Cup club curling championship in Richmond.
Geistlinger, the Vernon Curling Club men’s champ, and backed by third Jonathan Gardner, second Ian Veitch and lead Wayne Ovens, improved to 3-2 Friday afternoon with a 5-3 win over Norm Richard (3-2) of the host club.
Geistlinger, who beat Scott Peet of Creston 6-4 Friday morning, took on Brad Zealand (0-5) of Port Hardy Friday night.
The Vernon champs’ two losses came against the rinks at the top of the leader board, Kevin Britz of Chilliwack (5-0) and Jeff Guignard of Vancouver (4-1) heading into play Friday.
Preliminary round action wrapped up Saturday morning with Geistlinger taking on Gerald Poelman of Duncan, who was 2-3 going into play Friday night. The semifinals are set for this morning.
Geistlinger is one of eight B.C. rinks competing for the provincial title, and a chance to go to the 2015 Travelers Canadian Curling Club Championship in Ottawa in November, as well as a berth in the Cup’s final today against the 10-team International Pool champion.