Cotter completes perfect run to 6th BC title

Jim Cotter talks about becoming a six time British Columbia provincial champion and how he feels heading back to the Brier.

Jim Cotter went on a perfect run to claim his sixth Canadian Direct Insurance B.C. Men’s Curling Championship capped with a 7-6 win over Sean Geall during Sunday’s final in Nelson.

Cotter’s Vernon-based team — which includes third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffith, and lead Rick Sawatsky — led the field from start to finish with an unblemished 6-0 record to claim their third consecutive provincial title and return to the Tim Hortons Brier.

Cotter settled for a single in the second and stole one in the third when Geall looked to make a runback double and possibly score four but could only move one counter and gave up a point. Geall wrecked on a guard with his last in four as Cotter swiped another.

Geall got on the board drawing for a single in five and Cotter also drew for one in six as his final shot put on the breaks right on the button to reclaim the three-point advantage.

Just when Geall narrowed the gap with a deuce in the seventh, Cotter fired a double takeout to score three and go ahead by four points.

Geall made an open hit for another pair in nine and sat two counters after his last in the 10th, but Cotter held on with a hit and roll to secure the title.

Earlier Sunday, Geall defeated Dean Joanisse 4-2 in the semifinal.

The Tim Hortons Brier runs March 5-13 in Ottawa.