The second annual Mens and Ladies Bonspiel was held Feb. 10-12, with 10 ladies teams and eight mens teams participating over the weekend.
We were lucky enough to have the BC Dominion Mens team, Dwight Hodder, Paul Quesnel, Christopher Brezina and Gary Farr, and the Canadian Stick Curling Champions, John Campbell and Tim Smith, curling with us. Dwight, Paul, Christopher and Gary all curl out of Ashcroft and John used to be a local member. Who says small clubs cannot produce champions?
On the Men’s side, the Dwight Hodder team played the Paul Quesnel team for the A event with Dwight coming out on top. On the B side, the John Campbell team played the Ben Fuglesveidt team with John winning the B event. Thank you to all the teams who came out to play.
The Barb Hodder team played the Char Marshall team for the A event. It was a good game with the Hodder team winning the dragons. In the B event, Donna Pierro’s team played the Deanna Zielke team. What a game it was, it looked like a runaway for Donna but she let the Zielke team get back in the game and it came down to the eighth end for the win. Way to go Donna, Annie, Brenda and Hilda, your first dragons – may they not be your last.
The Cara Graden team played the Jan Kimberley team for the C event and the Kamloops team won out for the C dragons.
On Saturday night the club had a presentation to our BC Dominion team: a cake made by Diane Wilkins and two collage pictures to hang in the club. One collage is of various pictures of the boys and the other is of all the fabulous supporters who travelled to Richmond in November to show how proud we were of our boys. Thank you.
Also on Saturday night, we danced to the music of Wong and Daniels. Thanks guys, great music as usual. For the last two years the band has come and played for the bonspiel and raised money for breast cancer association. We appreciate your dedication and the dancing.
The winners of the money raffle were: Diana Erhardt ($1,000), Erin Beardwood ($500) and Berni Huber ($250). Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all those who supported the Ashcroft Curling club by buying a ticket.
All in all, our small club put on a fabulous bonspiel. Thank you to the organizers, volunteers and most of all to the teams who came out and curled. Without any of you we would not have had a bonspiel. We hope to see you next year and hopefully you will bring a friend or four.
The Ashcroft Curling club would like to thank: Quality Glass, JPQ Enterprizes, Irly/Timbermart, Buffalo Cafe, People’s Drugstore, Brittley Cadwell, Hedda Hall, Ashcroft Bakery, Fields, Natures Gifts, Grad 2012, Beans Brewed Right (Dave Durksen), and Rose Cassidy for supporting our club by donating items for our Loonie Draw, ice for the drinks, food for the concession, bags and goodies for the goodie bags and coffee. Thank you does not seem enough but it is all I have to give. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Thank you also to the ice men, Dwight and Paul, your endless hours at the rink has given us the best ice we have had. And to Gary Farr our drawmaster, it truely is a thankless job but you did a good job. If I have forgotten anyone I appologize, please know the Ashcroft Curling Club appreciates all you do.