Local curlers on the road


Our men were in Russell recently for the annual Merkley Bonspiel. Our first team, Joe McCooeye, Dave Dolan, Ken Konick and Henry Looyen squeaked out a win against Winchester, 7-6. After a nice lunch, the fellows met 12-time champion Ken Sullivan from Russell. Sullivan won, and made it 13 Merkley wins against Metcalfe in the evening, after the annual meeting and the banquet.

Our second team, Larry Cooper, Robert Houze, Mahlon Locke and Peter McCooeye defeated the second Russell team in a superb match in the afternoon to advance to the ‘B’ final in the evening. In a seesaw battle, the Winchester rink eked out a win to capture the Bruce MacDonald Shield. Well done anyway, boys. Next year the fellows meet in Winchester.

At last week’s women’s bonspiel at CityView, Alice Thompson, Betty Locke, Sharon Van Allen and Joanne Baker lost their first match to a Carleton Heights foursome, but defeated Ottawa R.A. in the afternoon. Our favourite Navan curler, Lynne Stacey, ended the day as the champion, finishing first overall.

In Maxville, Greta McGann, Kathy Hardy, and Paula and Claire Locke lost their first game against an Ottawa R.A. team, and won the afternoon match against another quartet from the same club. They also won $10 each for being the high one-game winners, and had a delicious chicken dinner, so it was a good day for the hardy ladies.

In the senior men’s friendly bonspiel last week against Winchester, our hosts had a good day. Three teams, Bill Magee, Mahlon Locke, Bud Perry and Dave Salsman, Al Harriman, Jack Dikland, Keith Robertson and Ted Herriman, and Peter Zeran, Arnold Barkley, Fred Langlotz and Al Gowanlock won by a total of one point. (Perhaps to make more friends, or to share any blame for errors, our fellows switched sheets after four ends, and then totaled the scores.) With that tally, they declared themselves the winners. After a good lunch, they sent the visitors home, and then went out to curl their regular league games.

Next week the annual McLennan Cup is on in Cornwall. So far there are three teams of senior men competing for the two openings. Teams skipped by Peter Zeran, Dave King and Allan Herriman have declared an interest. 

On Saturday, another charity bonspiel, the Easter Seals, holds sway at the local club. There may even be a few openings. Check the sign-up sheet in the lounge.

This’ll teach me. I left early from the Heart and Stroke Bonspiel and got the wrong info down on paper from over the phone, listing the wrong Lockes as winners. Sorry, Sam. You and Parker, Claire and Paula were the champions, beating out Betty and Jim Locke, Maurice Kolff and Rick McKenzie. Belated congratulations –and apologies!

Congratulations to the three Seaway curling teams, who did so well in Morrisburg last Thursday. We wish you the best of luck in the EOSSAA Curling Championships in Brockville, March 1 and 2.

Good curling to all!


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