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Off the Broom - Kincardine Curling Club news

By: Anne Burton
January 7, 2018

Just a week before Christmas, and one team curling in the Monday night draw got an early gift although the team members did have to work for it. The team of Russell Lee, Heather Struthers, Barb Ross and Meredith Harron, scored one of those  nearly impossible things to achieve in curling—an 8-ender. The last time one of these was scored in our club was probably at least eight years ago and, to my knowledge, only nine others have been scored in the history of our club at its present location. Congratulations guys!

An amazing 8-ender at the Kincardine Curling Club, by Meredith Harron (left), Russell Lee, Heather Struthers and Barb Ross; photo by Laura Haight

The annual men’s bonspiel took place Jan. 6, and many thanks to convener Laura Haight for all her work in making this spiel a go. She said it best in this quote, “Well yet, another men’s spiel is in the books. This year, the biggest competition was Team Bruce County which brought its 'A' Game complete with wicked wind and snow, making the roads treacherous for those attempting to get to the club Saturday. Well played, Bruce, but we hung tough!That being said, thanks ever so much to the men (and two ladies) who stepped up to curl. By my count, there were 11 substitutions. Thanks also to the teams that let me steal members to skip cobbled-together teams.“
And when all was said and done, the winners of the early draw were Craig and Reg Milburn, Sam Turcotte and Derek Fagan. Taking the honors for the late draw were skip Rob Ross along with Gary Cobean, Mike Meraw and Joel Van Geest. The 14 participating teams were treated to fast ice, cold drinks and a delicious roast beef supper and prizes for all. How much better can you get? Also thanks have to go to our sponsors for where would we be without you? Thanks to Canadian Tire, Edward Fuels, Kincardine Oil Gard and The Beef Way.
A few of our club members headed off to Kanata to watch the Roar of the Rings competition which determined who will represent Canada in the upcoming Olympics in South Korea. Kevin Koe (Alberta) and Rachel Homan (Ontario) came out on top. The finals were real nail-biters and had many TV viewers glued to their couches. For those two teams, four years of hard work paid off.
London will be hosting the Continental Cup in mid-January. Last year, it was held in Las Vegas and several club members made the trek there. I’m sure there will be a few going to watch some of this competition which pits six teams from North America against six from the world. This will be a bit of an Olympic warm-up for these curlers as 10 of the 12 teams  participating are off to PyeongChang in early February.
The team of Barb and Ray Kester and Barb and Robert Ross, won its final game in the Grand Masters competition and will now be heading to Richmond Hill for the provincial finals some time in March. Way to go, team!
There is a new league that will soon be under way Wednesdays at 7 p.m., and it can do with a few more curlers. If you are interested, please let Jen Lawrie know and she will make sure you get on a team. Starting date is Jan. 10.


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