Coming up this Saturday, January 21, the Morrisburg ladies will host the Broder, a two-team, four club competition featuring Morrisburg, Metcalfe, Winchester and Russell. Three teams were interested in representing our club, so a two-day playoff was required.
Greta McGann, Jenna Harrington, Kathy Hardy and Rachelle Eves played Susan McIntosh, Kathy Norg, Leanne McCooeye and Wendy Casselman last Saturday. Susan’s team emerged victorious, and they will be one of our champions for the competition.
Next, Greta’s foursome had to do battle with Amy and Ashly Cooper, Nancy Barkley and Anita Cooper on Sunday to fill the other spot. It was a tight, well-played match, but skip Greta McGann pulled out the win with a fine shot in the last end.
There will be some top-notch curling on Saturday, beginning at nine o’clock. See you there.
Last week two of our ladies teams were in Ottawa at the Granite Club for their invitational bonspiel. Greta McGann, Kathy Hardy, Yvonne Mabo and Claire Locke won their first game against Carleton Heights. After a very good lunch they met a foursome from R.A Riverside in Ottawa. Unfortunately, Morrisburg dropped that match for a split on the day.
Our other team, Alice Thompson, Susan McIntosh, Anita Cooper and Sharon Van Allen played a quartet from City View in their first game. The matches started a bit late, but the organizers still rang the bell to suspend play before the ladies could finish their final ends. This presented a problem for our folks, as they were unable to pull out a victory. After lunch they played a team from Navy and had a fine match, losing on the last rock in the final end. Nevertheless, it was a good day for both teams.
Friday, January 13th saw our club host the senior men’s invitational bonspiel, the Bernie Brunt, with 12 teams present. Hudson, Quebec couldn’t make it because of the storm, and one other team was unable to come also. Don O’Brien, Raymond Benoit, Neil Williams and Jack Barkley filled in for one, and Martin Schneckenburger, Andy Patenaude, Dave King and Doug Jarvis handled the other. A delicious roast pork lunch was prepared by Joan Morrell and her committee, and the curlers in the early draw were enjoying it, watching those in the late game at work. Suddenly the lights went out. After checking with hydro and learning how long it would be until they could fix the problem, it was decided to serve lunch to the second group as well, and with the weather deteriorating, to cancel the bonspiel.
It was a lot of planning and work for Jack Barkley and his committee and for Joan’s kitchen crew, but everyone raved over the meal, and went home happy, with some curling in, and a good portion of their entry fees returned.
There were two teams from Winchester, two from Cornwall, three from Prescott, one from Maxville and one from Kingston. The chance to renew acquaintances for the day and visit with the others were positives as well. Tough luck, folks. It’s hard to outmaneuver Mother Nature if she’s determined.
On Sunday, Susan McIntosh and her committee were to host the second in the series of two-person ‘spiels, but it had to be cancelled.
Sunday, January 22 sees our Little Rockers hosting their Big Four Bonspiel, with double teams from Metcalfe, Russell and Winchester in attendance.
At press time, the mixed invitational is on next week, although with low numbers, and the stick bonspiel is going ahead then also.
Good curling to all!