It was a tough start for Kamloops at the 2013 Crown of Curling on Friday, with only Brent Yamada and Allison MacInnes picking up victories on opening day.
The Yamada rink won its first game 6-2 against Victoria's Nolan Reid, playing seven of a possible eight ends.
The team's undefeated record was short lived as Yamada suffered a loss when he faced off against Dean Joanisse of New Westminster. Yamada held a 2-1 lead heading into the game's seventh end, but surrendered two in the seventh and a steal of one in the eighth to take a 4-2 loss.
The MacInnes rink had only one game on Friday but picked up the victory, defeating Sarah Koltun's Whitehorse rink 7-3 in eight ends. MacInnes scored four points in the eighth and final end to score the victory in what had been a tie game.
The rinks of Kamloops' Darren Nelson, Grant Olsen and Brad Thompson all went 0-2 on Friday.
Nelson lost to Victoria's Chris Baier 6-2 and Ken McArdle of the Royal City Curling Club 5-2.
Corryn Brown and her world junior championship-winning rink finished the first day with an extra end loss to Kesa Van Osch of Victoria, 5-4, and Roberta Kuhn was defeated by Maria Mallett's rink from Cloverdale by a score of 6-3.
In the women's draw, Korea's EunJung Kim leads the A event, after her team picked up two victories Friday - 7-2 against Richmond's Kirsten Fox and 6-5 against Prince George's Tracey Jones. Kim's rink is the only team to have won two games in the first day's play.
In the men's draw the lead is shared by six teams, all of which sit at 2-0. They are: Victoria's Baier, Edmonton's Mark Johnson, Kelowna's Grant Dezura, Royal City Curling Club's Dean Joanisse, Vernon's Trevor Perepolkin and Kelowna's Jeff Richard.
The men's rinks are playing a round-robin style tournament, with each rink guaranteed five games. The top two teams will advance directly to the semifinals, while the next four teams play in the quarterfinals.
The women's side of the draw is a triple-knockout format, with the top finishers out of the A, B and C events advancing to the playoff rounds.
The rinks return to the Kamloops Curling Club today, with the first draw kicking off at 8 a.m. There will also be games at 11:15 a.m., 2:30, 5:45 and 9 p.m.
On Sunday, draws will run at 9 a.m, 12:30 and 4 p.m., the women's C final scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Monday will feature the remaining women's playoff games and all the men's playoffs.