Full House for Brunt Memorial Bonspield


The Morrisburg Curling Club held the annual Bernie Brunt Memorial Bonspiel for senior men last week, with 12 teams from Maxville, Prescott, Kingston, Russell, Winchester and Ottawa Rideau in attendance. 

Maxville won the first draw with 29.5 points, while Prescott won the second with 30.0, so the latter will get their names inscribed on Bernie’s trophy. 

It was a great day, with Joan Morrell and her team providing an excellent lunch, and other members looking after the bar and the ice as needed. Thanks again to Wally Baker, who had the ice in superlative shape for this competition. You did fine, fellows, and did Bernie proud with the event. 

On Saturday, three groups of Morrisburg ladies were in Russell for a continental breakfast, curling, lunch, a banquet after the curling, and dancing to a live band. 

It was an incredible day, with gifts for all the curlers provided by club members, a male host for each table and wine poured by the men. If our team, in the early draw, hadn’t dragged one of their number off the dance floor, my wife wouldn’t have made it home by 10 p.m. How come our fellows don’t get that kind of a day at their bonspiels?

Alice Thompson, Sharon Van Allen, Sandra Beckstead and Kathy Gurnhill were in the early draw and they won their first game against a Carleton Heights foursome, but dropped their second to a team from the R.A. Centre, the ladies who were first overall on the day. Those women, skipped by an eighty-five year-old lady, travel together to numerous bonspiels, and they showed their class at Russell. 

In the second draw, Greta McGann, Betty Locke, Joanne Baker and Linda Murphy defeated a Cornwall team in their morning draw, but lost to Susan McIntosh in the afternoon.  

Sue McIntosh, Wendy Casselman and Paula and Claire Locke, as mentioned, won bragging rights among the Morrisburg ladies. In their morning game they defeated a Carleton Heights team, but the R.A folks had a higher point total and won top prize. Sue’s squad celebrated afterwards but made it home before Groundhog Day ended.

As to our youngest curlers, the little rockers are getting into their busy season. They play and practice every Monday night from 4:30-6:00. Nineteen strong, eight of the older ones will compete in the Big Four playdowns with Russell, Winchester and Metcalfe, while two of our younger teams will be in the Little Rock zones in March. They have also entered bonspiels this month in Prescott and Winchester. Let us know how things go, folks!

Ian Wilson tells us that his Thursday night league has passed the half-way point, with John Wilson’s foursome leading the standings with a 10-1 record. Tied for second place are Larry Cooper, Robert Houze and Joe McCooeye with a 7-4 record. Can’t wait for the playoffs!

We have a senior men’s team in Russell for a bonspiel this week and we’ll report on that event and the senior men’s invitational bonspiel next time. In the near future we’ll report on our local interest in the Senior Women’s Provincial finals, our Heart and Stroke bonspiel is on next week, there’s another senior men’s friendly event, and the S.D. &G. playdowns will be held here again.

     Good curling to all!


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