Bonspiel Season is Here


The bonspiel season is upon us again, and the best one we’ve had so far is the Lions’ bonspiel in aid of the Dundas County Hospice, held last Saturday. It was well-organized and a great success, thanks to Lion Keith Robinson, and his Morrisburg Lions’ committee. The Morrisburg Lions entered a team, as did the Iroquois club. Many local businesses donated items for a silent auction and bidding for those was intense. In deference to some infrequent curlers’ muscles, both games were six-end affairs, with a delicious luncheon prepared and served by the Lion ladies between games, to build up the curlers’ strength for the afternoon finale. Both local groups do a great deal for their communities, and we are lucky to have these small groups of individuals among us. They contribute financially and in other ways out of all proportion to their numbers. Thousands of dollars last Saturday and on other occasions were passed on to the Hospice by the Morrisburg Lions.

      Reporting on the curling results, the first draw was won by the Oddfellows foursome, skipped by John Toonders, and featuring Dave McIntosh, and Don and Laurie Lazenby. They pulled out a victory in the championship game, defeating the Iroquois Lions team of Betty Locke, Rick McKenzie, Jim Locke and Les Craig. In the second draw, Anjo Norg skipped his team to the title, with help from his wife Kathy, and Sam and Claire Locke. Anjo excelled under pressure, making several key shots to win the match, defeating Greta McGann, Penny Davidson, Mick Mabo and Linda Murphy in the championship match.

     On Wednesday, two of our ladies’ teams were at the R.A. Centre in Ottawa for their bonspiel. Alice Thompson, Betty Locke, Sharon Van Allen and Sandra Beckstead won their morning game against Granite, enjoyed an exceptional lunch, and had a good match against a Navy foursome, although they went down to defeat. Our ladies did finish fifth of twelve teams, however. Our other ladies, Susan McIntosh, Kathy Norg, Joanne Baker and Claire Locke won their morning match against City View but dropped their afternoon battle against a strong Russell team.

      On Friday Greta took a team to the Kemptville arena ice site for their one-game bonspiel. She and Penny Davidson, Yvonne Mabo and Linda Murphy won their contest against Perth, finishing third on the day.

     In other news, Susan McIntosh is holding the first of her two-person bonspiels on Sunday, November 16. Early sign-ups are recommended. Also, there will be a stick bonspiel here on November 19, with Glenn Cougler the contact. There will be entries from other clubs, so register early.

      On Saturday, November 5, the Gamble, (two men and two women) is being played in Winchester this year. Russell and Metcalfe will join us there, and we will have two teams entered. Sign up at the club lounge if interested. 

      Finally, the Thursday morning mixed curlers are hosting Russell here on November 26, and we will be allowed three teams for the match. Details are available at the club.

      That’s it for now. Good curling to all!


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