This Saturday and Sunday the Best Western Intermediate Men’s Zone playdowns are on at the Morrisburg Curling Club. Games begin at 10 a.m. each day and the public is welcome to attend. You’ll see some top curling at the event, so feel free to drop in.
Another two person bonspiel is slated for Sunday, December 30. Both draws are filled, but the public is invited to attend. Games begin at 9 a.m., and profits go to paying for an additional measuring device.
Club president, Mahlon Locke reminds us of the New Year’s Eve bonspiel with a party to follow. A sign-up sheet is in the lounge, and there are still a few openings.
The Broder, the four-club women’s competition, will be held in Russell on January 19th. Members are invited to sign up for one of the two teams that we require. One team has already put their names down. If a playoff is needed, a date for it will be selected shortly.
Our president is looking for guidance from members as to a date for the closing bonspiel. Because Easter falls on the usual weekend for the closing, and to avoid conflict with league playoffs, a date of April 6 has been suggested. Let someone on the executive know your feelings on this soon.
Some league results are available: In the first draw for the Thursday morning mixed curling league, the Bank of Montreal Trophy is being presented to the champions this week at the closing banquet after the “fun” bonspiel. Ruth, our coordinator, tells us that Sue McIntosh, Sonja and Bill Laurin and Linda Murphy won their games recently, closing the gap with Dave King, Earl Jeacle, Kathy Hardy and Denis Thibault.
In the final match, she duelled with George Rutley’s team. With wicks and rolls, draws through narrow ports, and clever moves behind guards, as well as scattering pretty little red candies on the ice, George’s foursome played a great game, but Sue prevailed. Dave had to win to earn the trophy and fought hard against Mahlon Locke’s warriors. The game ended in a tie, and the skips each threw a rock towards the glass. Dave was closest to the button, and won the first draw.
In Wednesday night curling, Ruth Kelly, Kathy Johnston, Joanne Baker and Sonja Laurin won the first draw and will no doubt claim the trophy at their party this week.
Tuesday night men’s league saw Steve Boucher, Rick MacKenzie, Barry Zeran and Bill Laurin win the Calvert Trophy.
Teams in the Thursday night mixed competitive league will carry on until the end of the season, but at this point Larry Cooper, Chris and Nancy Barkley and Anita Cooper have a slight lead over John and Ian Wilson, Scott Lane and Mike Staebler.
Finally, Mahlon tells us that the club has been awarded a Trillium grant to add a washroom for the handicapped on the ground floor, and to construct a ramp to make it easier for some of us to get up to the front door. This is great news for rentals as well. Details will be fleshed out later, and work will begin sometime after the conclusion of our season. There may even be a couple of surprises in the operation. Stay tuned.
That’s it for now. Good curling!