Boucher rinks wins curling crown, curlers call it a day


Three of our mixed teams were in Winchester last weekend for their club’s annual shrimp and steak bonspiel. Teams were from Ottawa, Cornwall, Toronto, and several valley towns. 

Mahlon Locke, Kathy Norg, Bill Doornward and Janet Levere won both of their games, finishing first overall. Sam Locke, Wendy and Jim Casselman and Claire Locke won both of their games also, finishing fifth. Our third team, Robert Houze, Mandy Pedle, Robbie Stitt and Rhonda Mark, defeated Thornhill, but lost their second game in the last end to a Prescott foursome. Well done, folks! 

In the Thursday mixed curling league, Ruth Kelly, Bill Magee, Rosemary Laurin and Eleanor Allison won the final draw of the season. The league finale finished with a meal catered by Subway. 

After several years of organizing the league, including friendly bonspiels and other social activities, Ron Beaupre has decided to turn the task over to someone else, and Ruth Kelly will take on the job. Ron was thanked for his efforts, and after presenting the trophy to the champions, he indicated that he will continue with his other club responsibilities, including his work as club secretary, arranging for commercial signage, and finding ways to minimizing the cost of electrical service. Thanks, Ron and Jeanine!

The Friday night league has completed its draw, with Sam and Claire Locke, Jenna Harrington and Rob Crombie emerging victorious. Garry Beckstead, Chris Moran and Wendy and Jim Casselman finished second. The final evening involved a rotational bonspiel, with Claire Locke skipping her team to victory. Thanks for taking care of the league again, Mahlon.

Tuesday night, Larry Cooper’s team won the men’s league title. Other members of his team were Rick MacKenzie, Jody Cryderman and Jeffrey Crooke. Larry had also won the early draw, with Sam Decker, Henry Looyen and Steve Summers. Thanks to Joe McCooyee for looking after the league again.

Ten teams took part in our closing bonspiel Saturday. The first draw was won by Ron Beaupre, Kathy Hardy, Robert Martin and Jim Locke, with Wally McDonald, Alice Thompson, Ron Brown and Glen Cougler a close second. In the late draw, Greta McGann, Rick MacKenzie and Keith Robinson tied for top honours with Wally Baker, Paul St. Pierre and Peter Byvelds. 

The curlers enjoyed a fine pot luck luncheon, and the teams and other interested curlers, friends and family sat down for a sumptuous banquet catered again by Sam Laurin. Our thanks to Sam and the volunteers who helped. 

A business meeting followed, with Jack Barkley outlining winners through the year, and other on-ice highlights. He also thanked all league conveners and outlined summer plans. While the club has about $30,000 in its contingency fund, he cautioned that major expenses could be a problem. Treasurer Kathy Johnston presented a healthy financial report. Jack invited volunteers for the board of directors, and indicated all current executive members were willing to stay on, including President Mahlon Locke, Secretary Ron Beaupre, our treasurer, and the bar, house, and ice chairs. Various draws were held, and then the top two teams in the competitive league squared off for the club championship.

Steve Boucher, Amy, Peter and Ashly McCooeye defeated Joe and Leanne McCooeye, Jack Barkley and John Allison for the Dodge Trophy.

Watch the Leader for the date in September for the open house and registration night, with curling beginning in October. 

See you then!

Editor’s Note: The Leader would like to take this opportunity to thank Steve Thompson for the time he spends each week gathering the local curling news and penning this column. The column is a wonderful asset to the Leader and very much appreciated by our readers and our local curlers.    BMc


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