Que­bec four­some wins men’s bon­spiel

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - SPORTS - HARRY KRANENBURG

The Tren­ton Curl­ing Club hosted the West City Honda Men’s Bon­spiel this past week­end with 14 teams from as far away as Wind­sor/ Detroit and Mon­treal con­tend­ing for the $ 4,500 prize purse.

Each team was guar­an­teed three games in a ei­ther the A or B pools with the top four teams in each pool ad­vanc­ing to the Sun­day morn­ing semi- fi­nals. The semi- fi­nal win­ners then com­peted for the lion’s share of the purse in the A and B fi­nals on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The par­tic­i­pants were well fu­elled with break­fasts, snacks, and lunches pre­pared by club vol­un­teers, and a scrump­tious Satur­day night roast beef buf­fet pre­pared by our club caterer Deb Bal­dasaro. These lounge breaks gave the curlers an op­por­tu­nity to re­new old ac­quain­tances, and swap sto­ries about great or missed shots.

There were a hand­ful of lop­sided games dur­ing round- robin play. How­ever, the ma­jor­ity of the game scores were very close, in­dica­tive of evenly matched skill lev­els, great strat­egy and ex­cel­lent shot mak­ing. By Sun­day noon, the field was re­duced to four teams. The A Pool fi­nal­ists were Jeff Ste­wart ( Glen­more Curl­ing Club, Dol­lard_ Des Ormeaux, PQ) and Rob Retch­less ( Toronto). The B Pool matched Garth Mitchell ( Royal Kingston Curl­ing Club) with Gord Nor­ton ( An­nan­dale Curl­ing Club, Ajax).

In the A Pool, Ste­wart took an early 2- 1 lead af­ter two ends. In the third, both skips faced six rocks in­side the four- foot and the end was up for grabs. On his fi­nal rock, Ste­wart faced a Reck­less half buried shot stone. In a pre­cise run back on an op­po­si­tion stone, he took out both red stones and scored four to take a com­mand­ing 6- 1 lead. An ex­change of sin­gles re­sulted in hand­shakes and a win for Ste­wart af­ter six ends. Ste­wart went home with $ 1000, while Reck­less re­ceived $ 800.

In the B Pool, spec­ta­tors were treated to a close game as Mitchell and Nor­ton ex­changed sin­gles for a 3- 3 tie af­ter five ends. In the sixth, Mitchell scored a def­i­nite sin­gle and a mea­sure on the edge of the eight­foot added one more for a 5- 3 lead. Nor­ton scored one more in the sev­enth, re­duc­ing Mitchel’s lead to 5- 4 go­ing home with the ham­mer. Down to Mitchell’s fi­nal rock, Nor­ton was lay­ing one at the top four solidly be­hind cover. It looked like they were head­ing for an ex­tra end. Mitchell’s only shot was an at­tempt to draw to the but­ton through traf­fic. He looked heavy but his rock just kissed a guard, which slowed it down just enough come to rest on the but­ton for a 6- 4 win and a purse of $ 700. Nor­ton went home with $ 500.

Bon­spiels such as this are im­pos­si­ble to or­ga­nize with­out gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship and vol­un­teer help. A spe­cial thank you goes to West City Honda, our ma­jor spon­sor. We also thank the Rope Store, Sandi Chabas­sol ( Exit Re­alty), Don O’Neil, and On­tario Curl­ing Tour, as well as club mem­bers who ran the kitchen du­ties and recorded sta­tis­tics. Fi­nally, ku­dos Don O’Neil, Ar­duth Pa­que­tte, and Wendy Bowen who or­ga­nized the bon­spiel.

On Novem­ber 16- 17, curlers from across the coun­try will be at Tren­ton Curl­ing Club for the Na­tional De­fence Fire­fighter’s Bon­spiel. Why not drop in and watch a game or two in Shorty’s Lounge.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Tren­ton Curl­ing Club, visit our web site at www.tren­ton­clurling­club.ca

HARRY KRANENBURG PHOTO

Don O'Neil presents the win­ner's purse at the West City Honda Men's Bon­spiel held last week­end at Tren­ton Curl­ing Club to Glen­more Curl­ing Club's skip Jeff Ste­wart, vice Matthew Ken­nerknecht, sec­ond Benoit Vezeau, and lead Jonathon Spring.

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