Women’s curlers having busy stretch
Coniston will play host to an Open Bonspiel on the weekend of Nov. 3-5, with entry set at $240 per team. The event will feature both competitive and recreational divisions, providing a guarantee of three games, with Pizza Night on Friday and a dinner being served Saturday.
Registration deadline is set for Oct. 27, with the club opening for play for the first time this season exactly one week earlier. For more information, email Patry directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the club website at www.curlconiston.ca.
Meanwhile, within the Ontario women’s curling scene, the Julie Tippin rink from Woodstock is currently holding the hot hand, a fact that both northern powerhouses can attest to following their weekend at the Stu Sells Bonspiel in Toronto.
Tracy Fleury, Crystal Webster, Jenna Walsh and Amanda Gates posted a 3-1 record in round robin play, dropping along a 6-5 decision in extra ends to Tippin and company, while mixing in victories over Hailey Armstrong (9-7), Eve Belisle (6-4) and Mary-Anne Arsenault (4-3). The Idylwylde Curling Club representatives qualified for the quarter-finals, but were sent home by Chrissy Cadorin’s foursome, who scored three in the first and cruised to a 5-3 win.
Meanwhile, Kendra Lilly and Krista McCarville and mates matched the Fleury record at 3-1, with wins over Hollie Duncan (5-1), Jestyn Murphy (7-3) and Robyn MacPhee (9-7), before losing 6-4 to Sherry Middaugh. Team McCarville survived their quarter-final, outscoring Jacqueline Harrison 7-5, but were then beaten 6-5 by Tippin in the semifinals, also in an extra end.
In the end, Tippin got the better of Cadorin in the final, recording a steal of two in the eighth end to seal the victory. With Thanksgiving behind us, several local teams are in action this weekend, including Chris Glibota, Dustin Montpellier, Eric Gelinas and Matt Gordon at the Stroud Sleeman Cash Spiel (Tanner Horgan rink is also there), while Megan Smith, Kira Brunton, Sara Guy and Kate Sherry compete in the Brampton U21 Junior Cash Spiel.