Young and old(er) curlers on the broom

 

We hear a lot of talk, in a negative way, about the “younger generation”, so here’s a story about an exceptional member of the other 95 per cent. 

Ewan Wilson, third generation of the curling Wilsons, was honoured last Monday night at a Little Rocks practice by three D-Js from radio station 104.5 from Cornwall regarding their “Kids With Class” program. It was a complete surprise to the youngster, doing his homework as he was before going onto the ice. There will be a write-up in the Seaway News, and there is considerable detail on the station’s website, variety104.ca/contest. 

Ewan is a very active eight-year-old in many sports, with considerable support and encouragement from his parents and grandparents. Ewan wins a $200 registered educational savings certificate, $100, a six-foot Subway sandwich, an ice cream cake, etc., donated by Cornwall businesses. He is also eligible for other prizes later on. The Little Rocks’ Christmas party was on Monday night. Sorry you missed it, folks. Congratulations, Ewan, and kudos to your family! You make all of us proud.

Moving now to the older generation, three teams of senior men travelled to Prescott last week for a friendly bonspiel. Our fellows won one game, lost one, and tied the third for a very friendly event, before lunch. 

The team members as per the schedule, were Dave King/Pete Zeran, Rick MacKenzie, Paul Dobry and Peter Byvelds, Sid Morell, Karl Duncan, Bud Perry and Al Gowanlock, as well as John Wilson, Arnold Barkley, Fred Langlotz and Ross Bennett.

These events are always a great opportunity for club curlers to meet and compete with those from other clubs in this friendly fraternity. The Bowman Trophy draw ends this Friday. 

The Morrisburg club hosted the Senior Zone Playdowns last weekend. This is a “double knockout” affair: two losses and you’re eliminated from further play. Contending against the perennial representatives from the Ottawa Curling Club were teams from Russell, Winchester, and R.C.M.P. 

For the men, RCMP’s Paquette lost out to Lewis, one of the three Ottawa Curling Club teams, for the “A” title. In the “B” final on Sunday, Paquette lost a very tight match in the 10th end to Morris, also of the Ottawa club. 

On the distaff side, Chisholm from OCC defeated Russell’s Sharon Courneyea, but lost to Janet Lapierre from Winchester in the “A” final in the afternoon. 

Going on to Regionals in Belleville again, with Janet are Janet Levere, Janet Thompson and our own Wendy Casselman. 

The “B” final saw Courneyea, who recently won our women’s invitational bonspiel, lose a very close match in the 10th end to Chisholm. The games were tight and well-curled before an appreciative audience. 

We had a great turnout from our club to handle the kitchen, the ice, the bar, and of course, to watch the competition. It was a very successful playdown, and the “A” and “B” winners will advance to the Regional competition at Belleville in January. As usual, the tournament was well-handled by Alan Brunt and Ian McGillis, still very active in the Ontario Curling Association. 

We’ll report next time on the results for the first half of the season in the various leagues, if the details are available in time.

The club’s decorating committee has done a great job of preparing the lounge for the Christmas season, and sprucing up the appearance of the clubhouse in general. We hope planning for the New Year’s Eve bonspiel goes well. There may still be a few openings left for the event. 

Party on, curlers!    

 

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