The Williamsburg Warriors Majors claimed their league title Monday, August 20, in a tight, well-played 4-2 win against Prescott. This was the second game of the best of three series, with the Warriors having won a close 7-4 game the previous night. The Warriors placed first in the six team league during regular season play and were given a first round bye. In the semi-finals, the Williamsburg Warriors faced another Williamsburg team, the Thunder. After dropping the first game 6-5 to the Thunder, the Warriors came back with 14-3 and 14-6 wins. In the front row (l-r) are Matt Backes, Thomas Rae, Jack Thom, Kobey Young, Jonah Bennis, Dean Lapier and Kent Young (coach). In the back row are Dwayne Backes (coach), Johnny Testerink, Lucas Bennis, William DeJong, Cal Bilmer, Travis Barkley and Adam Lapier.
A team of Morrisburg Little Rockers acquitted themselves well at the Zone Playdowns recently at Metcalfe. While they didn’t advance to Regionals, they played well against one of the teams that will be going on, from Navan. Their second game, which was closer, was against a foursome from Winchester. Congratulations to Calvin Scott, Ewen Wilson, Carter Whyte and Nolan Belanger. Keep at it, boys. You were the youngest team there, and next year you’ll be one of the more experienced ones.
Last week our day ladies were in Alexandria. Alice and Cheryl Thompson, Betty Locke and Sharon Van Allen played Vankleek Hill in the morning in a very tight game. They lost by one point in the final end before repairing to the lounge for a delicious lunch.
Afterwards they returned to battle against Valleyfield. Again, they came up short by one in the final end. By the way, Valleyfield reported a membership of over 900 people in their very active club. The ladies came home with prizes, some the product of inventive games the ladies seem to organize at these events for the time away from the ice. Our folks enjoyed the day, and the fast ride home after the curling.
The next day, two teams of ladies were in Winchester for their Grandmothers’ Bonspiel. In the early draw, Alice Thompson, Ann Cook, Eleanor Allison and Nelda Hickman faced the eventual champions from the R.A. in the morning and dropped their afternoon match to an RCMP foursome. Grandmothers are very competitive.
The late draw featured Greta McGann, Cheryl Thompson, Joanne Baker and Claire Locke. They first met an RCMP team and dropped that match. After a very nice lunch they went back to the ice and had better luck against a team from the R.A. A delicious banquet followed, and after the usual games and awarding of prizes, the ladies headed back to Morrisburg to recover, after the events of the day.
Robert Houze entered a team in the City of Ottawa Bonspiel last week. He defeated Roger Lyons of RCMP, then a rink led by David Morton. Following these games, he advanced to the Grand Aggregate competition. Robert’s team defeated Bill Lobban of Manotick at the Russell club and then they played David Tax, Saturday afternoon on Ottawa Curling Club ice. A loss there eliminated the Houze rink from further competition.
David Tax lost in the next round, and Ian MacAulay of the Ottawa Club and Steve Cook of the RCMP competed for $6,000 and $3,000 respectively in the final at the Ottawa Hunt Club. While there was prize money for each of the events, this was the big one. We believe this is still the largest bonspiel in the world, with teams entered this year from all over North America. Next year, why not enter a team, or at least attend?
Sid Morrell and Jack Barkley are taking teams to Kingston for a men’s bonspiel next Friday. We wish them well, and we’ll see if we can get information for you next time.
Finally, there are still openings for the closing bonspiel at the club for March 31. Two six-end games are planned, with a pot luck luncheon, and a closing dinner at $15 each. Guests are welcome. There’s a cost of $10 for the bonspiel, and $2 for each of the skills competitions. Prizes will be awarded as well. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., followed by the annual meeting and some championship curling.
Proceeds from the day are targeted for an enhanced entrance appearance, replacement of a dehumidifier, rubber mats for the west end of the rink, repairing the deck at the south entrance, installing a new carpet, and repairing a leak in the roof.
Looks like volunteers will be busy this summer with these and other tasks. Hope to see you for the season wind-up!
Good curling to all!
The Iroquois Lawn Bowling court is open and the season has started with some lively participation by the club members. Last fall the entire court surface was reconditioned to level it and prepare it for use this year. As a result the court is in excellent shape. The game times are every Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and the court is located at the corner of Elizabeth Drive and the Carman Road in west-end Iroquois. It is a spectacular location with the Iroquois waterfront providing the backdrop to the courts. The club is welcoming new members, and encourages all ages to come and give the game a try. It is a fun sport for young and old and one that allows the participants to determine his/her own level of competition…just for fun or a little more. Above Connie Keeler makes a pitch, while Bert Mudd and Nelly Papenhoven watch and wait for their turn. If you would like to give it a try, drop by the Iroquois Lawn Bowling court on the nights listed.
Morrisburg Welcomes Scots
It was a great day at the Morrisburg Curling Club last Tuesday with the Scots in town!
Between travelling across Canada, playing two games a day, and being feted each night by their Canadian cousins, it’s a wonder they’re still standing.
There were a large number of tied games that day, but maybe the Scots were just being kind to us. The Strathcona Cup is a huge operation, with 61 members in three sets of teams competing all across Canada from Jan. 9 to Feb. 1.
Our teams were unchanged from the line-up announced last week, but special mention for our two groups of local fellows is well-deserved. Sid Morrell’s foursome defeated the Cornwall ace, Bill Dickie, in a thrilling match, and ditto for Mahlon Locke, whose team bested their Scottish opponents in another tight one.
President Mahlon Locke welcomed our visitors on their arrival, and Jack Barkley, master of ceremonies, handled things after the matches with humour and grace, making presentations to our Winchester and Cornwall visitors, and to the Scots.
The head of the Scottish delegation responded in kind, and the mementoes the curlers received will be treasured for a very long time. It was a wonderful event, and our volunteers, especially the kitchen staff, helped make the day the success it was.
The presidents of the Morrisburg and Prescott clubs were given special presentations at the banquet in Prescott, climaxing with a number of lively Scottish songs. Can’t wait until the next tour!
Three of our daytime mixed teams were in Russell last week for their return “friendly” match. In a change from members announced last week, Gretta McGann filled in for Len Bellamy on Andy Patenaude’s team, and David McIntosh replaced Grahame Hardy on Sue McIntosh’s foursome. Andy’s team lost on the last rock, Sue’s foursome did as well, and Sam Locke’s won their match. It was another pleasurable event.
The inaugural Alzheimers bonspiel was held at the club on Saturday. The organizers provided door prizes from local businesses, and the Lions’ Club donated $300 to the cause. Our club waived the charity’s fee for this first bonspiel.
The curlers played two eight-end games, with the winning foursome, Andy Patenaude, Arnold Barkley, Rick McKenzie and Peter Byvelds defeating the Lions team in the morning, and Paul St. Pierre’s foursome in the afternoon. Keith Robinson was late in the morning, and he was replaced on the Lions team. He just wanted everyone to know that he joined another group in the afternoon and defeated Boomer’s Lions!
Susan McIntosh, Kathy Norg, Leanne McCooeye and Claire Locke defeated a Russell foursome in their first match in the Broder in Russell, but lost in a tie-breaker to Metcalfe in the “A” semi-final. Metcalfe went on to win the “A” title.
Greta McGann, Ruth Kelly, Kathy Hardy and Betty Locke lost to Russell in their morning game, but won their afternoon match in the “B” semi-final against Russell. They faced the other Russell foursome in the “B” final, but came out on the losing end. Well done anyway, ladies!
Finally, in the Dominion Senior Women’s Regionals in Napanee, Janet Lapierre, Janet Levere, Janet Thompson, and Morrisburg’s Wendy Casselman won the women’s “A” side, and are going to the Provincial finals in Ajax Feb. 20-24. Well done, folks!