Busy time for local curlers

The senior men hosted Prescott for a friendly this week. Our fellows turned out to be very friendly. While the games were all close, our curlers finished second on each sheet. Wally McDonald, Al Harriman, Dave King and George Rutley were on Sheet 1, Eric Orgee, Raymond Benoit, Fred Langlotz and Bob Youmelle were beside them, and Pete Zeran, Len Bellamy, Keith Robinson and Al Gowanlock were on Sheet 3. 

Friday, two senior men’s teams were in Prescott for the Parnell Cup. Sid Morrell, Raymond Benoit, Neil Williams and George Rutley, and Pete Zeran, Karl Duncan, Bud Perry and Earl Jeacle won their morning games against Lancaster and Prescott respectively, and were tied for first when they took to the ice for the afternoon. Sadly, they missed the chance to bring home the trophy, won by Lancaster.

Greta McGann took a team to the North Grenville club. With her were Susan McIntosh, Kathy Hardy and Claire Locke. They won their first game against Granite, and their second one against Carleton Heights. Well done, ladies!

The next day Greta went to the Robbie Burns bonspiel in Prescott, with a kilted team, enjoying the haggis and the bagpiper’s effort. Kathy Johnston, Claire Locke and Linda Murphy were with her as they won their morning game against North Grenville, and dropped their afternoon match. Brockville won the overall title.

Another day ladies’ team was in Navan for a bonspiel last Thursday. They were Alice Thompson, Susan McIntosh, Betty Locke and Sharon Van Allen. They defeated a team from Granite, and then defeated their opposition from R.C.M.P. Morrisburg finished second on the day. 

In a 2-2-2 bonspiel last week, Jack Barkley, Ruth Kelly, Fred Langlotz and Joanne Baker were in Richmond. The requirements are: two men, two women, and ages to total at least 222 years. 

Our curlers defeated a Navan foursome in the morning, and then won out over Richmond to finish first on the day. What a team!

Susan McIntosh and her committee ran an excellent two-person bonspiel on Sunday.

With a full draw, the 12 teams did battle and winners were declared as follows: in “C” division, Greta McGann and Rob Stitt defeated John and Jason Toonders, in “B” division, Rick McKenzie and Dave King won out over Sam Locke and Linda Murphy, and in “A” division, the champions were Mahlon Locke and Denis Thibault, defeating “Boomer” Langlotz and Keith Robinson in their three thrilling finals. 

As usual, the profits on the day were turned back to the club in the way of specific improvements. So far this year, a new measuring device, five new club brushes, and several grippers for curling shoes have been made available for curlers’ use. Thanks again, Sue!

Finally, members will note the e-mails sent by President Mahlon Locke. They relate to the Canadian Tournament of Hearts in Kingston. A deal for accommodation for all or part of the event is outlined, and the chance to win tickets, generously donated by Kathy Norg is also mentioned.


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