Curling Chatter-Coopers count final rock


The curling season ended last Saturday with the closing bonspiel at the Morrisburg Curling Club. In the early draw, Al Harriman, Alice Thompson, Andy Patenaude and Bob Youmelle won their morning and afternoon matches.

The second draw saw Wendy Casselman, Cheryl Thompson, Joanne Baker and Garry Beckstead triumphant with two wins. The victorious teams in each draw received great prizes, and there were other awards for various events.

In the skills competitions, Denis Thibault won the “raise to the button” event, Peter Zeran won the “hit and roll”, and the “draw through the port” was won by Kathy Norg after going through a playoff with Greta McGann, Paul St. Pierre, Peter Zeran and Wally McDonald.

Special thanks to Bill and Sonja Laurin and their committee for catering another fine banquet, and of course to our highly-skilled ice technician, Wally Baker. Those of us who compete in other venues realize how good Wally’s work is.

The short business meeting following dinner was informative, with the treasurer’s report showing a successful season. Plans for the work over the summer were confirmed, and grants will mean major club improvements can be achieved with a modest cost to our club. Our ramp, upstairs washroom, repositioning of the bar, as well as kitchen improvements should be a reality when we return in the fall.

Our hard-working executive deserves full credit for what has already been, and what will be accomplished. They are looking for some additional members–not for particular offices at present, but to help with the load, take part in planning, and perhaps accept some positions after a brief learning period. See Mahlon Locke or Jack Barkley if interested. The first meeting is likely to be in early August.

For the club championship, on Thursday night in the semi-finals, John Wilson’s team defeated Robbie Stitt’s quartet and Joe McCooeye’s foursome was defeated by Larry Cooper’s. Larry, Chris and Nancy Barkley and Anita Cooper, and John and Ian Wilson, Scott Lane and Mike Staebler did battle for the club championship on Saturday night. It was an exciting event, and congratulations go to Larry Cooper’s team for winning the championship.

In other events, four of our ladies were in Ottawa last week at the Navy Club for their final invitational ladies’ bonspiel. Greta McGann, Alice and Cheryl Thompson and Linda Murphy played their first match against a team from the R.A. Centre to a tie. After lunch they returned to the ice to take on a foursome from Ormstown. In this case they came close, but lost out by a single point, finishing fifth on the day. No prizes this time, but they were two close matches for the Morrisburg four.

Our Thursday mixed daytime league finished with another lunch catered by our local Subway restaurant. Getting their names on the venerable Bradford Trophy were Mahlon and Sam Locke, Kathy Hardy and Keith Robinson, who defeated Al Harriman, Sonja and Bill Laurin and Denis Thibault for the title. Congratulations, and our thanks to our coordinator, Ruth Kelly for the hard work involved.

Watch the Leader for registration info for next season. As always, new members are welcomed, and there will be time before league play starts for novices and returning curlers to get out on the ice to get the kinks out and for the new people to learn the ropes. Our returning curlers are always willing to help you. Good curling to all!    


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