Special to The Standard
Murphy Wins St.Andrew’s Spiel
Last Thursday, the Port Perry Curling Club hosted the always popular St. Andrews Battle of the Clans Bonspiel. This senior mens points-spiel attracted teams from Whitby, Oshawa, Oshawa Golf, Thornhill, Lakefield, Fenelon Falls, Annandale, and Port Perry. Each team played two eight-end games and were treated to a hot lunch in between games.
Oshawa Golf’s Bob Kochan was the top winner on the early draw, but Port Perry’s Brian Murphy won both his games on the late draw and scored more points taking home the overall championship. Brian’s team of Ian Emerson, Ray Eady, and Jim Elliott will now have their names engraved on the very cool, Claymore trophy which is on display at the club.
Two game winners were Port Perry’s Bill Kennedy and Peter Robb from Oshawa. Top one game winners were Rob Thompson from Port Perry and Blair Greenly from Lakefield. Congratulations to all teams participating. A good time was had by all.
Beaton Off to Master Qualifiers
With a new competitive playdown process implemented by the OCA this season, teams now compete in one of eight qualifiers, or “blended” zones, with each of those weighted to determine the number of teams each qualifier sends to Regionals, which are now called Provincial Qualifiers.
The Masters Mens competition started last weekend at the Lindsay Curling Club. Port Perry sent three mens teams to compete in the nine team event, with four spots up for grabs.
Port Perry’s Don Beaton skipped his team of Ken Jeffrey, Rob Thompson, and Fred Gibson to two victories, beating Port Perry’s Bill Kennedy 7-2 and then stole a point in an extra-end to beat Ennismore’s Tom McArthur in the A-Final. The team will now compete at the Provincial Qualifier this weekend at the Unionville Curling Club.
On the Women’s side, teams go straight to the Provincial Qualifier. Port Perry’s Carol Jackson will skip her team in Huntsville this weekend looking to earn a spot at Provincials, which will be hosted by the Glencoe curling club in January.
The Pub and Superior Water Top Super League
The Deloitte Super League, Port Perry’s competitive curling league, is halfway through is preliminary round-robin schedule and two teams sit on top of the standings with five wins apiece.
The Pub, skipped by Willie Beaton hasn’t lost a game this season. Their latest win happened this past week against Rachel Steele’s Last Rock Curling team. Down one with hammer in the last end, Beaton made two great draws to score his two and the 7-6 win. Superior Water, skipped by Bruce Jefferson, is keeping pace. The team jumped out to an early lead against Bill Kennedy, only to squander the lead and needed some late game heroics to secure the victory. The team currently has a 5-1 record on the season. Ralph Fairman’s Pineridge Impress sponsored team sits alone in third with four wins to their credit.