Low numbers lead to creative curling

Three teams entered for the Men's mean they split into two-person teams.

Barb Hodder and Janet Quesnel with Paul Quesnel and Dan Collett

Barb Hodder and Janet Quesnel with Paul Quesnel and Dan Collett

The Men`s and Ladies combined bonspiel was held on the weekend of Feb. 8-9. Our numbers were way down this year with only six Ladies teams and six Men`s teams. The Ladies played in two pools with three teams per pool with the top two teams from each pool playing off for the A and B events.

The A event was contested by the Barb Hodder team, with Janet Quesnel third, Kristine Woodworth second and Mary Ambler lead. and the Anita Mazurkewich team with Dennet Pritchard third, Lucie Chenier second and Carrie Garber lead. The winner was the Barb Hodder team.

For the B event the Donna Pierro team, with Annie Lim third, Brenda Cahoon second and Hilda Jones lead played Char Marshall from 100 Mile House with Joanne Doddridge third, Charlotte Spooner second and Kayla Cherry lead. Donna Pierro won this contest. The winning teams once again won trophies sponsored by the club dragons from Dragon works.

On the Men`s side we only had three full teams sign up so the men split all the teams into teams of two and played doubles. This style of play involved two men on each team playing eight ends with five rocks played each.

Paul Quesnel and Daniel Collett played Bill Drinkwater and Glen Joss for the A event with Paul and Dan coming out on top. In the B event Nick Lebedoff and Colin Williams played Dave Bridal and Ray Shindell with Dave and Ray coming out on top of that match up. Thank you to Ashcroft Work Wear for sponsoring this event with golf shirts for the winners of the events.

The executive and members of the Ashcroft Curling Club would like to acknowledge the fantastic community support we received without you we would not have a club and putting on a bonspiel would be that much harder if not impossible with such a low number in our entries. Thank you to: Desert Hills Farm and David Porter, Quality Glass, Ashcroft Irly, Ashcroft Bakery, Revelations, Natures Gifts, People`s Drugstore, Fields, Ashcroft Bottle Depot, Dairy Queen, Beans Roasted Rite, Mary Holgate and Annie`s Pizza and Bakery.  We would also like to acknowledge Dwight and Paul for the fabulous ice, Gary Farr for the draw and Dave Gory for volunteering his time to supply us with great music both Friday and Saturday night. Thank you all for your support.

Last but not least thank you to the curlers without you there would be no bonspiel. We face challenges each year with numbers down in entries and membership but you always come through and pitch in where needed. Also thank you to those that travel from out of town, we hope you enjoyed yourself and will return again next year.

Janet Quesnel