Curling Up A Storm

It may be near the end of the season, but the Morrisburg Curling Club’s senior citizens are still curling up a storm.

Last week, eight men journeyed to Gananoque for a bonspiel. Dave King, Jack Barkley, Doug Jarvis and Bill Magee dropped their first game against a foursome from Kingston, but had better luck after lunch, defeating a Brockville team. Sid Morrell, Raymond Benoit, Neil Williams and Al Harriman, in the late draw, played two Gananoque teams, defeating both of them. Their score was just three points behind the overall champions in the 16-team bonspiel, so they had to settle for second place. No problem, though, for every one of the sixty-four curlers took home a pork roast as a prize. 

It was the first time in the rink for many of the fellows, and the club impressed them. It was older, but very well maintained, and besides, they had a private meeting room.

Friday, the same two teams represented us in Cornwall for the four club, two-team McLennan Bonspiel. Dave’s team defeated Lancaster and Prescott, leaving Sid’s men to try to match them. They did it in style, knocking off the top Cornwall team in the morning and defeating Lancaster handily in the afternoon. 

Unfortunately, the scoring method Cornwall uses, total points for both teams from each club, left our boys short by two points against –you guessed it, the Cornwall hosts. Even though we had bested their top team in the morning, they had run up a high score in the afternoon match, and that was enough to keep the trophy in Cornwall. Well done anyway, Morrisburg.

Saturday and Sunday, the Morrisburg club hosted the Bantam Mixed Regional Playdowns, although we had no local teams involved in the bantam or junior regional play. Foursomes from R.C.M.P, Perth (2), Huntley (2), Cornwall, Quinte and Carleton Heights competed. The winners, Calwell of Quinte and Leslie of R.C.M.P., will be in the Provincial Championships March 28-31. 

Ian McGillis, from the OCA, officiated, and our ice technician, Wally Baker, and President Mahlon Locke and his volunteers made sure things were ready and ran smoothly. 

   There’s a notice in the lounge at the club for the last two-person ‘spiel of the year this weekend. Sign up for the competition if you’re interested.

A closing bonspiel is scheduled for March 31st. Included in the event will be lunch, an evening banquet, the annual meeting, and the club championship final. See the sign-up sheets in the lounge for the bonspiel and for the banquet. A lunch will be provided for those in the bonspiel. We’ll have more details and information next time. 

Don’t forget to follow our men in the City of Ottawa Bonspiel. We also have some men and women in what will likely be the last bonspiels of the season for them. We hope to have those results for you next time. With the Scotties, Canadian Women’s Championship, in Kingston next year, our executive is looking to see whether there is interest in renting a bus to get people there. Look for the survey sheet in the lounge to help your board of directors gauge interest.

That’s it for this week.

Good curling to all!


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