A Sweeping Success at Easter Seals Bonspiel


The Easter Seals Bonspiel was played at the Morrisburg club on Saturday. The organizing committee announced that they had raised over $1,400 on the day for this fine charity. The two full draws, with nearly 50 curlers, including representatives of all club leagues from little rockers to seniors and entries from outside the club, enjoyed a delightful day and a fine lunch, catered by the committee. 

Bob Ruddick was the emcee, Betty Locke arranged for the teams, Margaret Reynolds and Easter Seal people and volunteers ensured a successful event. Bob presented certificates to the Morrisburg and District and the Iroquois/Matilda Lions’ clubs and the Odd Fellows, in recognition of their many years of supporting the children helped by Easter Seals. Ross, one of the children who has been helped in this way, was on hand, kindly agreeing to represent all young people.

The first draw was won by Al Harriman, Arnold Barkley, Ron Brown and Denis Thibeault. Tied for second place were Sam and Claire Locke and Wendy and Jim Casselman, and the Morrisburg Lions’ Bill Magee, Fred Langlotz, Keith Robertson and Paul Gunther. In the late draw, Mahlon Locke, Pam St. Pierre, John Toonders and Paula Locke took top honours, with the Odd Fellows team of Graham and Glen Pemberton and Derek and Shelley Whittaker a strong second. Thanks to all who participated.

The senior men held a playoff last week for Morrisburg’s two spots in the McLennan Bonspiel, to be played in Cornwall. Sid Morrell, Raymond Benoit, Neil Williams and Al Harriman won the first match against Pete Zeran’s team. Accordingly, the losers had to play the third interested quartet to get to the bonspiel. Pete Zeran, George Rutley, Jack Dikland and Karl Duncan played against Dave King, Jack Barkley, Doug Jarvis and Bill Magee to decide the second entrant for Morrisburg.

    Dave’s foursome came out on top in the well-played match, and the local teams will face Cornwall, Prescott and Lancaster on Friday.

    At the senior mixed bonspiel in Navan last week, Morrisburg entered three teams. The so-called 2-2-2 bonspiels involve two men and two women, whose total age must be at least two hundred and twenty-two. These are a lot of fun, and can be quite competitive. Morrisburg is one of many clubs that run this type of bonspiel, and curlers might want to consider these posted competitions in future.

The early draw in this one saw Alice and Steve Thompson, Keith Robinson and Sharon Van Allen win half the ends, but come up short on the scoreboard in their first match. Dave King, Ruth Kelly, Fred (Boomer) Langlotz and Joanne Baker fared better, tying their first game. 

In the next draw, Mahlon Locke, Kathy Norg and Sam and Claire Locke won their morning game handily and after lunch all three of our teams hit the ice again. The Thompson and King rinks fought hard, but a big end in each game did them in. Dave King’s rink finished third, while the Thompson foursome took the high one-game honours. 

In the late draw, Mahlon’s team had to settle for a tie, and took second place overall. All things, including weather considered, it was a pleasant, successful day for our local curlers, with good competition, a fine lunch, and noteworthy hospitality.

There are just a few more bonspiels to go, league championships to announce, and the club’s closing bonspiel. Stay tuned for the results.

That’s all, folks. Good curling to all.


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