ROB STEELE Special to The Standard
The Port Perry Curling Club hosted their annual Bantam Bonspiel on Saturday. This popular event attracted fourteen teams from Perterborough, Beaverton, Bradford, Lindsay, York, Campbellford, Oshawa, York and Annandale. Teams played two, eight-end games and were treated to a delicious lunch between games.
After a great day of curling, the top two team winners were Team Ramsey from Bradford and Team Langworth from Oshawa. However, Team Ramsey won the overall championship by only half of a point.
A total of five Port Perry teams participated in the event, with Zach Harrison and his team of Mitchell Adamson, Ashley Basque and Mitchell Kane winning both of their games and finishing in second place on the early draw.
A great day was had by all curlers. Thanks to organizer Martin Buschbeck and the many club volunteers, who made this day so much fun for the curlers. Thanks to Tim Hortons, Last Rock Curling, Jim McCann and Paul Webert for their sponsorship. Also a big thank you to all the local sponsors who donated prizes to the raffle table.
Team Hart Returning to Provincials
Last year’s Provincial Mixed Champions are returning to defend their title. Skip David Hart, vice Rachel Steele, second Nathan Steele and lead Lauren Hart representing the Port Perry Curling Club, won three straight games this past weekend, at the Sutton Curling Club, to win the A-side of their Under-18 Mixed Provincial Qualifier.
On Saturday, the team started with a 6-3 victory over Oshawa’s Kenna Bartlett, then beat York’s Ethan Chisamore-Johnston, 7-3. The victories put the team into the A-Final, against Kelly Middaugh from Coldwater Curling Club. In this battle, of famous curling families and ex-Brier teammate coaches, Team Hart stole singles in the first two ends, before each team exchanged singles. With Hart leading 3-1, the game opened right up when Middaugh was heavy on her last rock draw in the fifth end, allowing Hart to steal three points. Teams exchanged singles again, before Middaugh conceded the match 7-2, after seven ends of play.
This was an impressive weekend for Team Hart, who only gave up a total of eight points in their three games, all singles.
In a new format, at the Provincials, there will be twelve teams competing, who will be split into two pools of six teams. The top two teams in each pool will qualify for playoffs. The Provincials will be at the Gananoque Curling Club, from March 30th to April 2nd. This is a great accomplishment for this young team. Good luck at Provincials!
Golphin Player of the Year
Port Perry’s Deloitte Curling Super League had their annual dinner banquet last Thursday night, before the start of their playoff schedule. The league awarded Terry Golphin with the Brian Van Camp Memorial 'Player of the Year Award' for this curling season. Voted on by the league curlers, the award is presented annually to the curler that best captures the great qualities exemplified by the league’s 2011 championship skip: competitiveness, leadership, enthusiasm, dedication, sportsmanship, and camaraderie. Golphin has been a member of the league since it started over ten years ago and was a popular choice by the curlers. Congratulations Terry on a well deserved honour.
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