Curlers in the green


Our senior ladies were out again at bonspiels last week. Alice and Cheryl Thompson, Betty Locke and Sandra Beckstead were in Alexandria for their annual ladies’ bonspiel, renewing acquaintances with a team from Valleyfield, Quebec, (the overall winners,) and the rest from Eastern Ontario.

Our ladies had a pleasant day, although they dropped their morning match against a team from R.C.M.P. and also their afternoon game against Cornwall. Lunch was good, St. Patrick’s Day was the theme, and the weather was fine, so it was another happy outing for the ladies from the Morrisburg club.

The women were curling again last Thursday, with three teams competing in Winchester’s Grandmothers’ bonspiel. 

Susan McIntosh, Kathy Norg, Betty Locke and Leanne McCooeye won their matches against Prescott in the morning and Carleton Heights in the afternoon and finished first overall in the bonspiel. 

Greta McGann, Claire Locke, Joanne Baker and Linda Murphy won their morning match against Carleton Place, but lost against Buckingham, Quebec. Still, they made it to the prize table along with Susan’s team. 

Alice Thompson, Pat Foley, Sandra Beckstead and Nelda Hickman dropped both of their matches, against Carleton Heights in the morning and an R.A. team in the afternoon. 

This was an all-day event, with a light breakfast, followed by lunch and dinner, with some curling in between times. Ask some of our local ladies about their grandchildren. Perhaps they’ve hidden some grandmother/grandchild stories from us.

On Saturday, Gretta McGann, Cheryl Thompson, Betty Locke and Linda Murphy were in Prescott for the Ladies’ Invitational Bonspiel there. They dropped their morning match by a point against Manotick, had a fine lunch, with a St. Patrick’s Day theme, and then went out to do battle with a Prescott foursome, which they won, finishing in second place on the day.

Our senior men hosted Winchester for a friendly bonspiel last week. These friendlies consist of three games in the morning followed by a lunch, before the guests head back to their home club. 

Representing us were Pete Zeran, Ted Harriman, Maurice Kolff and Paul Dobry, who tied their match, and George Rutley, Arnold Barkley, Paul Gunther, Pete Byvelds, who lost theirs. Our third team of Don O’Brien, Len Bellamy, Glenn Cougler and Robert Martin defeated the visitors. Well done, fellows.

As usual, it was a pleasant day, with good curling, good food, and a chance to visit with friends. We’ve three more teams off to Cornwall for another friendly this week.

Robert Houze, Mahlon Locke, Joe McCooeye, John Toonders and Bev McQueen had their first game in the City of Ottawa Bonspiel last Thursday. They went on to play a total of seven, finally being eliminated on Saturday night. They won one more game than last year, and impressed with their play. Some great curling, fellows!

On Saturday, Susan McIntosh and her committee hosted her last two-person bonspiel of the year at the club, this time with a St. Patrick’s Day theme, including Irish stew! Jim and Wendy Casselman took the “C” division honours over Ron Beaupre and Pete Byvelds, Kathy and Ian Wilson triumphed over Kathy and Anjo Norg in “B”, and Paul St. Pierre and Ginette Gadbois defeated Wally Baker and Al Harriman for the “A” title. Congratulations and thanks to all involved in this money-maker for the club.

     Good curling to all!


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