The Kickers made this an undefeated season by winning a final make-up game 6-4 over the Ottawa Internationals Team 2, on Thursday, August 16, in Iroquois, then going on to do an outstanding job at the year-end tournament held at Kemptville Agricultural College on Sunday, August 19. The Iroquois game was tied 4-4, with three minutes left in play, when Randy Doherty scored for the Kickers, giving him three goals in total for the night. With seconds left on the clock, Jeff McLaughlin rushed in to make the last goal of the evening. Coaches Jeff Buchanan and Don Hoogwerf were very pleased with the season’s results. “The Kickers also made the year-end tournament,” said Hoogwerf, “where they won all three of the games they played. They defeated North Dundas 1-0, in the first game, Nepean Hotspurs, Team 2, 3-2 in the second game and Nepean Hotspurs Team 1 by a score of 2-0 in the third game.” On the field, Liam Bush controls the ball.
Cheryl Lowe and Kurtis Barkley posted an early lead and never looked back as they headed for their respective 2014 Cedar Glen Club Championships on the weekend.
Barkley put together record setting Cedar Glen club championship scores of 67-65 for a 132 total, and Lowe shot rounds of 83-93 for a 176 for her win.
Barkley was on his game throughout the weekend. Saturday, he got it rolling with a front nine, two-under-par 32, despite a bogey-four on the ninth hole. To his front 32, he added a one-under-par 35 on the back for the 67.
On Sunday it got even better. He turned the corner at three under and brought it home with a two-under-par 36 with birdies on 10, 13 and 14 and a bogey-four on the par-three 15th.
The next closest shooters to Barkley after Saturday’s opening round, were Lonnie McIntosh and Brandon Cousineau who were tied with 73’s. Cousineau fell back into fourth spot with an 84 on Sunday, for a 161 total, and McIntosh added an 82, to finish second behind Barkley.
J.P. St. Pierre opened with a 79 on Saturday, and added an 81 for a third place finish overall in A flight. His 160 gave him the Senior Championship.
Cheryl Lowe had a really solid front nine on Saturday, and then played steady to win the women’s 2014 championship. Her front nine 38 on Saturday did a lot of the talking as she finished with an 83, five strokes up on Muriel Whitteker.
The two shot 93’s on Sunday, giving Low the win and placing Whitteker in second place with a 181 total (88-93). Third spot went to Shari Boyd with rounds of 94-98.
In the men’s B flight, it was Barry Casselman claiming the championship with rounds of 83-85. Liam Morrow had the lead after the opening 18 holes with an 82, but fell back with a 91 shot on Sunday.
Morrow’s 173 total gave in the Junior Championship.
Casselman and Larry Harper were tied for second spot in the first rounds with 83’s, but Casselman cashed in with an 85 for the B championship while Harper was two strokes back with an 87 for a 170 total.
Terry Barkley and Darrell Shelp, tied with 90’s Saturday, were well back of the pack, but then pulled it together on Sunday. Barkley closed the gap with an 84 for a fourth place finish at 174, and Shelp added an 86 for a 176 total.
Peter Brown claimed the C flight championship with a 185 total.
He too set the pace early with an 89 shot on Saturday, eight strokes up on Dale Whitteker at 97. John Phillips was third at 100. Brown and Whitteker tied on Sunday with 96’s giving the Brown the C flight championship. Phillips added a 101 for third place.
In ladies action, Sheila Bush took a one stroke lead over Ann Cook in round one. Bush posted a 98 and Cook a 99. Bush claimed the B championship with a 97 on Sunday, for a 195 total, while Cook totaled 213 for second place. Elise Muir was third with a 220 total.
Barb Mabe had the early lead in C flight with a 115 to Corry Whitteveen’s 117 and Great McGann’s 119.
Whitteveen came on strong on Sunday, for a 106, to claim the championship with a 223 total. Mabe finish second at 239, and Greta McGann was third at 241.
The D flight championship was won by Connie Collins at 274 (142-132).
Three senior men’s teams travelled to Cornwall last Wednesday for their last friendly bonspiel of the season.
Unfortunately, our Cornwall hosts were not as friendly as they might have been on the ice. Refreshments before the game were great, (love that syrup for the coffee) and the lunch was superb, but our fellows had trouble getting the points they needed during their matches.
For the record, Martin Schneckenburger, Sam Locke, Bud Perry and Larry Ware, Al Harriman, Ron Beaupre, Keith Robinson and Eric Johnson, as well as Wally McDonald, Rick MacKenzie, Fred “Boomer” Langlotz and Earl Jeacle were able to claim free drinks from their opposite numbers in their games.
It was a very pleasant day, however, ending with heart-felt good wishes, and the usual humorous anecdotes prior to the drive west. We look forward to more of these friendly matches next season.
There were also three senior mixed teams in Kemptville on Friday. This was a 222 bonspiel, with Mahlon Locke, Kathy Norg, and Sam and Claire Locke being our top team. They lost their first match against North Grenville, had a very good lunch, and then went out in the afternoon to triumph over one of the Navan foursomes.
Wally McDonald, Ruth Kelly, “Boomer” Langlotz and Joanne Baker tied their first match against Lynne Stacey’s Navan team but dropped their afternoon game against Richmond.
The ice was problematic for all, but a couple of the rocks were “cutters” (I’ve been watching curling on television and heard about TSN’s “secret word”) and this threw off our athletes. I’m told that in one game, nobody on either team got a rock over the hog line in an early end. We really love what our ice technician has done for our curling.
Our final team, Keith Robinson, Alice Thompson, Rick MacKenzie and Sandra Beckstead, dropped tight matches to old friends from Manotick, the Froats team, and also lost to Lynne Stacey from Navan. Lynn finished third on the day behind Alexandria.
All in all, it was a good day for our teams, with sunshine outside, pleasant hospitality inside, and modest prizes for all.
By the way, the final two-person bonspiel last Sunday featured Wally McDonald in the ‘A’ final rather than Wally Baker. Sorry for the error, fellows.
As to our little rockers, they had their windup night last week, and have come a long way this year, finishing in the middle of the pack in their zone playdowns with Ottawa, Cornwall and Perth. They also did extremely well in their first play down experience. Next season they’ll be a year older, and we look forward to great curling for them.
There are still a few openings for the early draw in our closing bonspiel on April 6, and for those not curling but wanting to come for the closing banquet around 6 p.m., don’t forget to sign up on the sheet in the lounge.
We’ll have a summary of the year’s events, and a final look at what to expect at our club over the summer. The club championship will be competed for after the closing banquet, and we’ll look forward to events in the fall.
Good curling to all!