Curling News–Tough play at the Gamble


Two Morrisburg mixed teams recently met Winchester, Russell and Metcalfe for the annual Gamble competition. 

Mahlon Locke, Carolyn Beckstead, Paul St. Pierre and Rachelle Eves dropped their first game to Dunne from Metcalfe, the eventual ‘A’ champ, and lost their afternoon match to Hogaboam of Winchester, the ‘B’ event winners. Some tough competition, especially for Rachelle and Paul, first-timers. Well done!

Ian Wilson, Wendy Casselman, Maurice Kolff and Kathy Wilson won their opening match against Winchester, but lost their afternoon game on the last rock to Metcalfe’s Dunne in the last end. Fine work for the Wilson foursome as well!

We had two teams entered in Lancaster’s senior women’s bonspiel last week. In the early draw, Alice Thompson, Susan McIntosh, Betty Locke and Sharon Van Allen dropped their first match to a Cornwall rink. Then in the afternoon they played a second foursome from Cornwall on the two-sheet facility. They won this one, and came home with gift certificates. Gretta McGann, Cheryl Thompson, Yvonne Mabo and Claire Locke lost to a Vankleek Hill team quartet, playing in the late draw. After lunch they returned to the ice and defeated the other Vankleek Hill entry, winning the high one-game award. A good day’s work, folks, and you missed the winter weather.

The next day two of our senior men’s teams met in a morning elimination final for our Parnell competition on Friday. There were two blank ends in the match, with Sid Morrell, Raymond Benoit, Neil Williams and Jack Dikland matching shots with Jack Barkley, Dave King, Doug Jarvis and Andy Patenaude. In the thrilling see-saw battle, the Barkley foursome was up with two ends to go when Morrell stole three and fought off all comeback attempts to win the right to represent Morrisburg.

Friday we hosted Prescott, Cornwall and Lancaster in the first of the four-club Parnell competitions this season. Sid Morrell, Raymond Benoit, Neil Williams and Jack Dikland lost their morning match to Prescott in a thrilling game which went to an extra end, and dropped their afternoon game to Lancaster, who lost to Prescott in a tie-breaker.

Jack Dikland, Karl Duncan, Earl Jeacle and Eric Johnson competed recently in a one-game bonspiel in Cornwall. Sid Morrell, Jack Barkley, Neil Williams and Rick McKenzie won their match, but winning skips had to throw rocks to decide who got the prizes. Morrisburg lost.

Back in Winchester, Jack Dikland, David King, Jack Barkley and Andy Patenaude dropped a close match in the morning and tied their second contest. Don O’Brien, Karl Duncan, Earl Jeacle and Eric Johnson won their first, but lost their afternoon game.

Sid Morrell, Neil Williams, Len Bellamy and Gerry Thompson were in Navan recently for the 70+ bonspiel. Our fellows won their first match, but dropped the second.

Ron Brown, not Ron Beaupre, played on the winning team in the senior men’s first draw. Sorry, Ron. Also, in the senior men’s first draw, the second and third place teams were Sid Morrell and Don O’Brien respectively.

In other news, the senior men’s bonspiel will be held in January, the membership numbers are rising, and we have a new sponsor’s sign. Things are looking up. 

Glenn Cougler is organizing a stick bonspiel for January 27. And finally, the club is running a funspiel on Dec. 10 as a fund raiser. Sign-up sheets are in the clubhouse.

Good curling to all!


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