The Ontario Senior Games curling division, the Zone 8 Playdowns were held at our club over the weekend. Four teams, one from Winchester, one from Alexandria and two from Morrisburg, competed.
In the Saturday morning game, Morrisburg’s Andy Patenaude, Sue McIntosh, Neil Williams and Betty Locke defeated Alexandria’s Brian and Joy Clinton, Bob Youmelle (who filled in for an ailing Graham Vickers) and Linda Vickers.
In their first, our other Morrisburg team, Raymond Benoit, Cheryl Thompson, Pete Zeran and Ruth Kelly played Winchester’s Gary Price, Janet Thompson, Don McMillan and Ann Cook. Winchester, which has been to the provincial finals on several occasions, prevailed.
In their second matches, our two Morrisburg teams met in the round robin, while the Winchester and Alexandria foursomes squared off. Alexandria upset Winchester, while Raymond Benoit’s foursome won out over Andy Patenaude. This left the four teams with identical win/loss records, and set the stage for Sunday morning’s final round robin games.
In case of a tie, the gold, silver and bronze medal winners were to be determined by wins against opponents, ends, etc.
Graham Vickers was back in the mix for Alexandria, so our “Bad Bob” Youmelle retired with thanks from “his” team. The matches were hard-fought, with some crucial missed shots from all teams.
Winchester’s Price rink managed to eke out a win over our Patenaude foursome, while Alexandria defeated the Raymond Benoit quartet, also from our club. This set the statisticians to work, and they awarded the gold medals to Alexandria, because of their win over Winchester, who took silver.
Raymond Benoit, Cheryl Thompson, Pete Zeran and Ruth Kelly, because of their win over Andy Patenaude, Sue McIntosh, Neil Williams and Betty Locke in the round robin, earned bronze medals.
Special thanks to Monique Patenaude, the Zone 8 coordinator for the Ontario Sr. Games. She watched over the stats, presented medals, and with her committee, put on a fine lunch on Saturday for the curlers.
All Ontario residents 55 and over are eligible to compete in the games. Winter games in the near future are in Billiards, Pickleball, Duplicate Bridge, Skating, Nordic Skiing (Prediction and Time Trials), and Alpine Skiing. Categories and further details are available from www.ontarioseniorgames.ca.>>District>>8.
In other news, a correction: in last week’s Winchester bonspiel, Sid Morrell had Bud Perry with him and not Andy Patenaude. With Neil Williams and Don O’Brien, the fellows won both of their matches in Winchester and finished second on the day.
In another correction, in the first of the season’s Parnells last week, Lancaster was the champion team. The next match will be held in Cornwall on January 3. For this one we are allowed two teams, so playoffs, if needed, will be held this month to determine our finalists.
In the Alzheimer Society bonspiel last Saturday, curlers, along with Scotiabank, raised $4,280. In the late draw, the winners were Sam Locke, Greta McGann, Dave McIntosh and Linda Murphy. It was a great bonspiel for a worthy cause. Thanks to all who made it such a success.
Congratulations again to the club’s little rockers, who competed last Saturday in the Kemptville Bonspiel, and whose results were covered last week.
Good curling to all!