Tumbler Ridge Curlers Host successful bonspiel

Twelve men?s and ten ladies? rinks participated in the Tumbler Ridge Annual Mens? and Ladies? bonspiel February 17, 18, and 19th. A rink (team) is four players, a game is eight ends, and there are three Events (A, B, C). If you keep winning, you stay in the A Event, with rest and good times to curl. If you lose a game, you drop out of the A Event, down to B or C Event. Then you curl earlier in the morning, with shorter breaks in between games.

Merwin (FSJ), Peterson (Ledcore), Ferguson, Taylor, Guske and Bernie ?Gumbah? (as he noted as his rink?s name, not realizing it would be in the paper I guess) Lehmann won all their first draws on Friday night to stay in the A Event. As time moved on, Peterson beat Merwin, Ferguson won over Taylor, and Gumbah beat Guske. The final game saw Peterson record a 9-4 win over Gumbah Lehmann to earn the A division title.

McLean (Hudsons Hope) won the B division over Kangas, and Anderson (GP) out-curled Merwin to take the C event.

On the Ladies side, Kangas, McQueen, Kirby, Campbell (Chetwynd), and Merwin (FSJ), all made it to the second round in the A division. McQueen beat Kangas, and then beat Kirby. The Campbell rink, who has always had success at our Bonspiel over the many years they have attended, beat the Merwin rink to earn a shot at the A title.

It was McQueen against Campbell in the final. The McQueen rink was down by three after seven ends, with one end to go. With her daughter Jenna and Carly Morrell sweeping, and Elaine Guske calling line, skip Debbie McQueen, made a picture book double take-out on the Campbell?s shot stones to record the four points she needed to take the A Event. In the B final, Ferguson triumphed over Broderick and in the C final, Merwin out shot the Jennifer Kennedy foursome.

The Saturday evening banquet was catered by the Legion ladies followed by an evening of dancing to DJ Systems by Trail. The qualifying curlers were treated to an array of great prizes thanks to the sponsorship of our own local businesses and those in and around the Peace country.