Sunday, January 29, 2012

Curling Club has great late start with Bonspiel

T. Lucas photo
Toni Lucas and Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

The Pincher Creek Curling Club had a late start on the season, kicking it off with Men's league action last week.  On Friday and Saturday they held a Bonspiel at the Pincher Creek rink, with 8 men's and 8 ladies teams competing.  "Its not just folks from Pincher Creek," said Club President Randy Elliott, indicating a table of players from Fort Macleod.  Other teams came from Claresholm and the Crowsnest Pass.  "We have players from all around here.  They wanted to support our club, and we needed the players," he said. "We are pretty happy with the first spiel of the year."

Cheering Mom Brandi Girard with the Walters team on:
Mario, Mercedez, Genie, and Nisy Gerard

T. Lucas photo

"This year has been a real struggle with the late start," Elliott said of the challenges facing the club this season.  "People have already made plans.  Even the leagues have had problems filling up.  We have opened the mixed leagues so that there is no more than 2 men on a team."

The good natured rivalries that so often accompany this most social of sports was evident over the course of the two-day event.  Many of our local curlers were quite pleased to be back at the old rink, even though its future remains up in the air.  Friday night's event featured live dance music performed by Tokomo, and Saturday's event featured a fine feast before the finals.

Tokomo entertains in the clubhouse on Friday evening
C. Davis photo

Final Results:

Sheet 1 Mens B Team
Barr from Fort MacLeod wins over Farano from the Crowsnest Pass

Sheet 1 Men's B Winners - Barr
Neil Barr, Bruce Faulkner, Garry Larson, Barry Hornberger

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Sheet 2 Ladies A Team
Pincher Creek teams Elliott  and Zoratti were very evenly matched.  After 8 sheets, they had a tied score.  They played one extra end with Zoratti emerging victorious.

Sheet 2 Ladies A Winners - Zoratti
Pat Friesen, Jaquie French, Deb Nelson, Lana Zoratti

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Sheet  3 Mens A Team
Pincher Creek's Zoratti  was victorious over Holtman

Sheet 3 Mens A Winners - Zoratti
Jason Zoratti, Bryan Zoratti, Paul Ozar, Tom Castles

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Sheet 4 Ladies B Team
Pincher Creek's Walters was victorious over Claresholm's Quail

Sheet 4 Ladies B Winners - Walters
Angela Walters, Leslie Hornberger, Cyndy Assoon,
Krista Rechschler

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The Pincher Creek Curling Club is offering a Little Rock and Junior curling league from ages 8 to 18. If anyone is interested, please contact Angela at 403-627-1467.

A mixed Bonspiel is planned for March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

The Elliot and Zoratti Ladies A teams were good to the last rock
C. Davis photo

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