Invitational a Good Draw


The Morrisburg Curling Club’s annual women’s invitational bonspiel is history for another year, and Alice Thompson thanks all of those who helped pull it off. The food was great, the volunteers were awesome, and we sent home 48 happy curlers from various clubs in the Ottawa and Seaway Valleys. Also, the profit for the club was the best ever. Special thanks to Linda Murphy who filled in for one of our Prescott invitees. 

The winners in the early draw were the Cornwall team skipped by Luce Lalonde, while the late draw was captured by Virginia Cunningham’s Kemptville foursome. Thanks to our decorating committee for the fine holiday appearance of the clubhouse.

Sid Morrell took a team to a bonspiel at Metcalfe last week. The fellows won their morning match against a Winchester quartet skipped by Malcolm MacGregor, had a fine lunch, and then returned to the ice to face a tough Rideau opponent. It was a very close match, but our local men prevailed and took home top money as the champions. Others on our team were Jack Barkley, Neil Williams and Keith Robinson.

Gretta McGann was in Ottawa at the Navy club for a bonspiel there. Curling with her were Joanne Baker, Alice Thompson and Claire Locke. They won their first game against the R.A. Riverside team, but dropped their afternoon match with Richmond. They finished just out of the prizes, although Alice brought home a $10 prize and a huge basket, with a two-bottle wine theme. After finishing off half of the liquid that evening, Alice generously donated the empty basket to our curling club for future use. All heart, as usual!

Pete Zeran, George Rutley, Karl Duncan and Earl Jeacle competed in another men’s bonspiel, this time in Prescott. They lost their morning game to Gananoque, but they won against Winchester in the afternoon to finish in the money on the day. 

On Saturday the club held a Christmas funspiel. There were a number of guest curlers, including Sheila Bush from Prescott, one of our favourite skips from that club. In the early draw, Jack Barkley, Sonja Laurin, Bud Perry and Paul Gunther won out over Pete Zeran, Arnold Barkley, Bert Smail and Jim Locke. In the second draw, Sam Locke, Wendy Casselman, Andy Patenaude and Bob Youmelle defeated Al Harriman, Carolyn Beckstead, and Paula and Claire Locke for the title. It was a great day, with a delicious meal (pulled pork as the main course, with scrumptious desserts for the participants.)

Future events include two two-person bonspiels which are planned for December, one of which is for this Sunday. The sign-up sheets are in the lounge. Also, the OCA Zone 1 intermediate playdowns are here on Dec. 22-23, and a couple of rentals are booked for over the holidays. 

Invitational bonspiels for senior men and senior mixed curlers are planned for January, while the Alzheimers and Heart and Stroke charity bonspiels are scheduled for Jan. 19 and Feb. 16. For those looking for more detail, the club’s website is

That’s it for now. Good curling!


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