Two local rinks curl the Crystal Heart Classic


The Crystal Heart Curling Classic is Ontario’s largest women’s curling bonspiel, held starting the first Thursday in February each year. They’ve raised nearly half a million dollars for heart and stroke research over the years, with 320 curlers in open and senior divisions this year. On Friday night, they have a gala dinner with live entertainment. It’s a great event.

Greta McGann entered the open division of the Crystal Hearts Curling Classic, with Susan McIntosh, Claire Locke and Joanne Baker. Her team lost their first match against a Carleton Heights foursome skipped by Bartelette and dropped to the second division. Her foursome won out over Dean from Hud/Whitlock, Quebec, then triumphed over Sager of City View. Next the Morrisburg foursome went up against Van Egmond of RCMP and lost that match, eliminating them from further competition. Well done, ladies! 

A Winchester foursome with Janet LaPierre, Janet Levere, Morrisburg’s Wendy Casselman, and Janet Thompson also chose the open division, and lost to Waddell from Rideau in their first match. 

They moved to the second division, defeating Jordan from RA, Cull from Granite, Pilon from City View and O’Byrne from Granite. 

On Sunday morning they defeated Walker-Thompson from Granite in the semi-final and went up against Walker, Lacolle/Hunt, for the championship. Unfortunately our folks lost, but they’ll have their team picture on the Crystal Heart website next year anyway. Congratulations, and good luck in the Senior Provincials in Ajax.

After getting a grant from Trillium, plans for major renovations at the curling club over the summer are in the works. The club president recently provided an update to members. 

Your executive discussed the design and layout of modifications to the clubhouse at their last meeting, and outlined their recommendations at a general meeting on Monday evening. They solicited members’ thoughts about where the handicapped washroom should be located, what should happen to the bar, and what renovations should be made to the kitchen, among other matters.

The executive invites members’ ideas, either by e-mail or at one of the meetings that will follow. Further information and discussion is planned at the Heart and Stroke bonspiel this Saturday. The proposed start date for renovations is mid-April.

Two of our senior men’s teams were at a Russell bonspiel last week. Sid Morrell, Raymond Benoit, Neil Williams and George Rutley dropped their morning game to a foursome from City View, while Pete Zeran, Jack Barkley, Doug Jarvis and Andy Patenaude lost their match to a Carleton Heights team. After a good lunch, based on their morning scores, Russell insisted that the two Morrisburg teams play against each other. Sid’s quartet prevailed and came home with a cash prize.

There was a playoff Thursday afternoon between Pete Zeran, Sam Locke, Bud Perry and Earl Jeacle and Jack Barkley, Andy Patenaude, Doug Jarvis and Keith Robinson to choose one of the teams that would go to the Sullivan bonspiel February 20th. Pete emerged victorious and Jack Barkley played Sid Morrell on Tuesday to determine our other representative.

The senior men have just completed the current draw for the Kincaid trophy. The winners this time were Pete Zeran, Len Bellamy, Keith Robinson and Al Gowanlock. Congratulations! Play has already begun for the Jim Fraser trophy. 

Good curling to all! 


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