The Iroquois Lawn Bowling court is open and the season has started with some lively participation by the club members. Last fall the entire court surface was reconditioned to level it and prepare it for use this year. As a result the court is in excellent shape. The game times are every Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and the court is located at the corner of Elizabeth Drive and the Carman Road in west-end Iroquois. It is a spectacular location with the Iroquois waterfront providing the backdrop to the courts. The club is welcoming new members, and encourages all ages to come and give the game a try. It is a fun sport for young and old and one that allows the participants to determine his/her own level of competition…just for fun or a little more. Above Connie Keeler makes a pitch, while Bert Mudd and Nelly Papenhoven watch and wait for their turn. If you would like to give it a try, drop by the Iroquois Lawn Bowling court on the nights listed.
Three teams of our Thursday morning mixed curlers were in Russell last week for a friendly bonspiel. Ron Beaupre, Rick McKenzie, Denis Thibault and Cheryl Thompson made up the first quartet, and won their game. Our second group, Andy Patenaude, Alice Thompson, Betty Locke and Sue McIntosh played Sylvie Brault’s foursome, from the women’s team that won our local invitational. Third were Jack Dikland, Sam Locke, Bud Perry and Claire Locke, who lost their game 7-6 to Peter Romme, former provincial farmers’ champion, to make our hosts feel a little more friendly.
The morning mixed curlers had their final matches of 2011, and enjoyed their windup party on Thursday. Afterwards, they devoured a catered lunch from Subway and learned that the first place team for this draw was the Dave King foursome. With Dave were Sharon Van Allen, Dennis Thibault and Reg Coffey. Ron presented the trophy, refurbished by Doug Brannan, to them. A close second and third were the quartets led by Jack Dikland and Ron Beaupre. Ron and Jeannine Beaupre did another fine job as coordinators for this league, and we thank them for it.
Senior men’s champions for the Bowman Trophy were Sid Morrell, Karl Duncan, Bud Perry and Al Gowanlock. They broke a tie with Raymond Benoit, Ron Brown, Earl Jeacle and Dave Salsman for the win in this closest of draws.
The Thursday night competitive league curlers have fixed teams, and they choose a winner at the end of the curling season in March. As often happens, there’s a log jam at the top by the halfway point.
With nine wins, we have Dave Dolan, Henry Looyen, Al Harriman and Mary McQuaig. Nipping at their heels are Larry and Anita Cooper and Chris and Nancy Barkley. Robert Houze, John Wilson, Joe McCooeye and Steve Boucher were right in there as well.
Clearly, there have been plenty of tight and well-played games on Thursday nights. We’ll have to keep a close eye on things through until March.
The Friday night social league tends not to pick a winning team, but they seem to have the most fun. Rumour has it they are sometimes still at the club after midnight, perhaps unwinding after the pressure of their games.
On January 4, there will be a four team playoff for our two senior men’s entries in the Parnell competition in Cornwall, on January 6. Sid Morrell, Peter Zeran, Martin Schneckenburger and Jack Barkley’s teams will compete for that honour.
The Bernie Brunt Sr. Men’s Invitational Bonspiel on January 13, has a full slate of 12 teams confirmed. Jack Barkley is the coordinator.
Our Senior Mixed Invitational Bonspiel will be held on Wednesday, January 25. Dave King is the coordinator there.
Our little rockers finished off 2011 with a family bonspiel and a party. They expect to be competing with other clubs in the new year, and will be involved in the Big Four bonspiel with Russell, Metcalfe and Winchester, as will our bantam/junior league players.
The draw for the New Year’s Eve party and bonspiel is full. It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these. Let’s hope this becomes a tradition. See you next year.
Good curling to all!
It probably feels like it was just yesterday when we were all dressed up in costumes and had a blast at the Morrisburg and District Figure Skating Club carnival! Now, club members are sharpening their skates and getting ready for another awesome season of skating!
Skaters will head down to the Morrisburg Arena on either Friday, September 9th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. or, Saturday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. New skaters are always welcome and members are encouraged to tell friends and family!
Thanks to the Morrisburg Chiropractic, all Stage 1 Skaters will receive a discount on their skating fee! So for anyone who has been thinking about skating, now is a great time to sign up!
When skaters arrive at the rink on September 19th, skating may be a little different from what they remember. For example, Skate Canada now requires that ALL Canskaters stage 5 and under MUST wear a CSA approved hockey helmet. So skaters who are packing up those skates and mitts are reminded to grab helmets too! Also, the canskate program has changed. Everyone stage 2 or over, six years of age gets to skate for 50 minutes–more ice time what could be better than that! They will also get to enjoy many, more exciting activities on the ice this year! All Starskaters, will start their season Monday, September 12. Finally, remember:
Skate great and have fun–Kate
The annual Ryder Cup competition was played at the Morrisburg Golf Club on Saturday, and when the battle between the Patenaude teams was all over it was the Andy teaming winning over the Monique team 10 points to four.
Andy Patenaude who is the men’s captain and Monique Patenaude who captains the ladies section selected their teams on Friday night from the 29 participating golfers and then matched up their pairing for the Saturday competition.
Then on Saturday morning, the teams hit the links, following pep talks from their respective captains to compete in two player match plays. Holes 1-6 were played as a better ball (low ball), holes 7-12 as alternate shot and holes 13-18 as a scramble.
The twosomes earned two points for a win against their opponents and one point for ties.
Picking up two points for the Andy team were Linda Barclay and Larry Cooper against Len Arksey, Charlie Moore and Linda Henderson; Dave McClenaghan and Barry Henderson against Donnie Mabo and Kitty Moore; Bob Barclay and Anita Cooper against Bryan Cochrane and Laurie Dillabough; Andy Patenaude two points against Monique Patenaude and Vicki Boivin.
Splitting their two available points were the pairings of: Lori Davies and Judy Laurin versus Phil Dillabough and Donna Dillabough; Jim Jamieson and Doug Warner against Lee Beaupre and Terry Laurin.
The team of Candace Jamieson and Ken Rundle scored the lone two pointer for the Monique team, playing against Wayne Hutt and Elsie Guindon.
“It was a lot of fun for everyone,” said the losing captain Monique.
And winners or losers, each team got their cake, and got to eat it too.