On Saturday, the Morrisburg Curling Club held its annual Heart and Stroke bonspiel. It’s a charity we feel is important to support, and with the fine lunch served by our volunteers, it was, as always, a delightful day.
It was great to see many families out, and new curlers, as well as others we haven’t seen for a while.
Thanks to Greta McGann, who, with her committee, ran a highly successful event, raising over $1,000 for the charity and, through the Heart and Stroke Foundation, arranged for a defibrillator for the club. It isn’t hard to operate, but once it’s in place, training will be arranged so that every league has people who can use it. We’ve been lucky in the past, but with a large senior population, this is a great security blanket for us.
Thanks to our supporters, especially Cardinal Flowers, the McIntosh Inn, Valu-mart and Home Hardware. The curlers appreciated all who supported the event in a variety of ways.
As to the curling results, in the early draw, the winners were the Toonders foursome, John, John C., Jason and Candice. There were some tight matches, and some high-scoring games, but all were entertaining.
Victorious in the second draw were Mahlon Locke, Carolyn and Garry Beckstead, and Paula Locke. There was never a dull moment on the ice, with one of the highlights being the creative way of measuring skip shots in a tiebreaker. Congratulations to our winners.
While the executive will have more open planning meetings on accessibility upgrades to our club, President Mahlon reviewed progress to date. Grants have been won from the Ontario government by way of its Trillium division, and through the Federal government’s Infrastructure Committee. The amount of money is substantial, and will be accessed in a way that will not have the two bodies’ grants to us in conflict.
Our senior men competed in the final Parnell competition of the year last week in Lancaster. Since it’s a two-sheet rink, we’re only allowed to enter one team in the four club event, and after two playoffs, Sid Morrell, Raymond Benoit, Neil Williams and George Rutley emerged as our representative, defeating, Pete Zeran, Sam Locke, Doug Jarvis and Bud Perry for the honour. Despite hard work from Sid’s team, they fell to quartets from Lancaster and a very strong Cornwall squad.
Pete Zeran took teams to two different one-game bonspiels last week as well. With Pete were Karl Duncan, Bud Perry, and Earl Jeacle in the Maxville bonspiel, which they won. Then they were off to Lancaster. This time Pete had Karl Duncan, Eric Johnson and Earl Jeacle with him. They won again, but another winning team had a better score and so our fellows finished second.
Four of our senior curlers were in Arnprior last week for a 222 bonspiel there. Jack Barkley, Ruth Kelly, Fred “Boomer” Langlotz and Sharon Van Allen won both of their matches against Pakenham teams and finished first. They had high praise for the event, lauding the Valentine’s Day theme and the full-course dinner. Though it was a long drive, our curlers report they had a great day.
SD&G High School championships were on at the club this Tuesday, and there’s the senior men’s Sullivan bonspiel in Metcalfe to report on next time.
Good curling to all!