Quebec foursome wins men’s bonspiel
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
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.