Last week the Morrisburg Curling Club had three ladies’ teams in a Cornwall bonspiel.
Our first, composed of Ruth Kelly, Anita Cooper, Cheryl Thompson and Kathy Hardy, played in the early draw. Their opponents were Alexandria in the morning and Brockville in the afternoon. The ice took some getting used to, but they played well, unfortunately coming up short in both matches, against the curlers who finished first and second overall in the bonspiel.
Our other quartet in the early draw included Alice Thompson, Susan McIntosh, Betty Locke and Sharon Van Allen. They dropped their first match to Vankleek Hill, but won handily against Maxville. While they didn’t finish in the top two for the day, Betty and Sharon won prizes.
Greta McGann, Joanne Baker and Paula and Claire Locke were in the late draw. Their morning game was against Brownsburg. It was a good match, but the other team pulled out the win. In the afternoon, their opponents were from Brockville, and they fell to our local curlers.
Richmond hosted a bonspiel two days later. Alice Thompson, Susan McIntosh, Betty Locke and Sharon Van Allen lost their morning match to Pembroke, and they beat a Navy team in the afternoon. By the way, Barb Truscotte of Carleton Place scored a rare eight-ender at the bonspiel (not against our ladies!)
Three teams of senior men invaded the Prescott club last week and took three strong wins against their hosts. Our local heroes were Wally McDonald, Neil Williams, Bud Perry and Bob Youmelle, Martin Schneckenburger, Ron Beaupre, Doug Jarvis and Al Gowanlock, and Jack Barkley, Ted Herriman, Earl Jeacle and Eric Johnson. As always, apologies to any spares not mentioned, as some invariably fill in for busy local seniors. Well done, fellows!
On November 17, Morrisburg will be hosting the Gamble Cup mixed competition, with two teams from each of Russell, Metcalfe and Winchester doing battle with our local champions.
Two teams are already interested in competing on our behalf, but if others would like to be considered, please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board at the bottom of the stairs. Mahlon Locke will work out playoff times if needed. He is also looking for volunteers for that day, and the sign-up sheet is located at the bar.
Susan McIntosh will be running her popular two-person bonspiel Sunday. We hope to see full draws for that one. The early draw begins at 9 a.m., and the late draw starts at 10.
Susan says her husband Dave is making his famous chilli, and we’re sure there will be other food items to complement that delicacy. The entry fee is $15, and there are cash prizes for the winners in each of the three divisions in each draw. Sign up before the spaces are all filled! Good curling!
•Denis Thibault was a member of the championship team, the Morrell foursome, in our first bonspiel of the year. Sorry for the error, Denis. Keep up the good work!
•We have the stick bonspiel at the club this week, and the same day, three daytime men’s teams will be in Cornwall for another friendly bonspiel.
We’ll report next week.
•On Nov. 27 and 28, Jack Barkley, Sue McIntosh, Andy Patenaude and Betty Locke will be in Maxville, competing in the Ontario Senior games, and two Scottish men’s teams are coming to our club on Tuesday, January 15.
•The competitive women’s invitational bonspiel in Kemptville last weekend featured top teams, and Rachel Homan from the Ottawa Curling Club won top honours. We can likely expect to see her as Ontario’s representative again in the Tournament of Hearts.
•Some of our ladies expect to announce their entry into the Crystal Heart Bonspiel in several Ottawa rinks, February 7-10. We have had several teams entered in this classic in the past, the largest for women in the province. Sixty-four rinks are allowed in the open division, and 32 in the seniors’ competition. We wish new and repeat entries all the best as they plan for this huge event.