Our local women (representing the Winchester Curling Club) were in some high level competitions recently. At the Senior Regional playdowns at the Quinte Curling Club, Wendy Casselman, Janet Thompson, Janet Levere and Janet LaPierre won their first match against Navy, but dropped their second and third games to Granite and the Ottawa Curling Club. The LaPierre rink was therefore eliminated. Congratulations on a fine run in the playdowns!
The Rideau and Ottawa C.C. teams have advanced to the Provincials at Simcoe Feb. 22-26.
The Crystal Heart Bonspiel was played in Ottawa last week. Our people entered the tougher “open” competition. Wendy Casselman had Janet Thompson, Janet Levere and Janet LaPierre of Winchester with her again. They vanquished Carleton Heights, the RA and Rideau, but ran into a tough Lachine team for their first loss. As a result, they were relegated to the consolation final, where they defeated Rideau, then met Renfrew on Sunday a.m. in the semi-final and won there. Next it was on to the final against Lachine. Once again the Quebec club was victorious and took the consolation final.
Greta McGann, Susan McIntosh, Paula Locke and Claire Locke from our local club also competed at the Crystal Heart Classic. They defeated Buckingham and then RCMP before falling to that same Lachine foursome. Next they lost a tight match to Rideau, which eliminated them from further play. Well done everyone!
In other news, three of our senior men’s teams were in Winchester last week for a friendly bonspiel.
Jack Barkley, Ted Herriman, Maurice Kolff and Jim Millard won their match, while Sam Locke, Arnold Barkley, Doug Jarvis and Bud Perry dropped theirs. Our third team of George Rutley, Neil Williams, Robert Martin and Rod McGill were victorious, ensuring boasting rights for the local boys. As usual, a good lunch and socializing followed, with some of our fellows even hurrying home to curl at Morrisburg in the afternoon. Apologies to any spares who replaced team members of record and were not mentioned.
On the same day, Sid Morrell, Raymond Benoit, Neil Williams and Al Harriman were in Russell for a bonspiel there. They won a tight first match against an R.A. Centre foursome, and after lunch handily defeated a Carleton Heights team to finish second by half a point in the 16-team bonspiel and take home prize money.
Our second team, George Rutley, Karl Duncan, Jack Dikland and Earl Jeacle, had a tougher time of it, dropping their morning match to a Winchester quartet, and their afternoon game to a strong Cumberland team. Still, everyone enjoyed the luxurious four-sheet facility and beautiful new lounge, as well as the delicious roast pork dinner.
Playoffs are the norm for our senior men for the next while, as they prepare for the postponed Parnell finale on Friday, and the upcoming Sullivan bonspiel in Winchester.
Locally, there are still a few spots open for our Heart and Stroke bonspiel on Saturday, Feb. 18. Also, March 3 is the date for the Easter Seals, and then there’s the closing bonspiel on March 31. Don’t forget to sign up for these bonspiels, and to put your names down as volunteers to help keep things running.
Glen Cougler is at it again. This time it’s an in-house bonspiel for our senior curlers. It’s on from 8:30-12:30 on Friday. We have two stick teams already and are looking for 16 more curlers, with or without sticks. There will be two four-end games, with lunch to follow. The cost is $5, and the regularly-scheduled games (1 p.m.) will follow. Prizes and surprises are promised. Thanks again, Glen!
Good curling to all!
Once again the Morrisburg Junior B Lions were unable to hang on.
Holding the St. Lawrence Division’s second place Char-Lan Rebels to a 1-1 first period tie, here Friday night and then going up 2-1 in the second period, it again, fell apart for the Lions who settled for a 4-2 loss due to two unanswered third period goals.
The Rebels were first on the scoreboard with a Matthew Lapointe goal at 5:56 of the first period.
The Lions charged back and answered to tie the game with a power-play goal at 10:26 from Grant Cooper assisted by Drew Veenstra and Matthew Burns.
Just over five minutes into the second period, Michael Paquette struck to give the Lions a 2-1 lead and they held on to their advantage until well into the third period.
Assisting Paquette were Taylor Eamon and Drew Veenstra.
Then in the third, the Lions were holding their own when they were nabbed for a short-handed goal from the Rebels, Lawson MacDougall at 7:22 which tied it 2-2.
Just over one minute later Connor Primeau beat Lions goaltender Ryan Cooper to put them up 3-2 and that was it.
The Rebels got one more on their power play from former Lion Michel Lefebvre for their 4-2 win.
It was the 18th win of the season for the Rebels which they combined with a 6-3 win against Gananoque, Saturday night, to now trail the first place Casselman Rebels by nine points with the regular season quickly winding down.
The Rebels out shot the Lions by a slim 34-30 shots. Alex Boileau was in the net for their win.
The Rebels scored one power play goal in seven opportunities, while the Lions were good for one in their 13 chances.
In other St. Lawrence Division action, the Casselman Vikings defeated Brockville 4-3 and Athens 2-0. Saturday they were on Cornwall Island where they lost to the Akwesasne Wolves 5-3.
It was a big weekend for the Wolves who also knocked off the Rideau Division’s second place Westport Rideaus, 6-3.
With the Winchester Hawks losing both of their games, to Brockville 4-3 and Gananoque 6-4, the Wolves were able to take possession of the St. Lawrence Division’s third place spot, four points up on the Hawks who do have a game in hand.