Special To The Standard
Team Hart Bantam Mixed Provincial Champions
Congratulations to Team Hart who were crowned the Ontario Curling Association’s Bantam Mixed Provincial Champions on Saturday. Representing the Port Perry Curling Club, this team of siblings had David Hart at skip, Rachel Steele at vice, Nathan Steele at second, Lauren Hart at lead, and was coached by Richard Hart.
The team competed in the eight-team round-robin Provincials this past week at the London Curling Club. Being by far the youngest team participating, they were in tough against some much older and more experienced teams. This did not intimidate the foursome who played lights out all week and clinched the Provincial championship with an overall 6-1 record, sitting alone atop the standings.
This was an amazing run for the team who after going undefeated through the zones and regional playdowns, finished with a 12-1 overall record in all their games. This is the first Provincial Championship for Rachel and Nathan, the Port Perry High School grade 9 students and also for grade 8 student Lauren Hart from Pickering, who just started competitive curling this season.
Special thanks to all the members of the local curling community who followed the team on this journey and sent numerous messages of support and congratulations to the players. The Port Perry Curling Club has been very supportive and are especially proud of Rachel and Nathan who have grown up through the club’s curling program. The club and it’s members look forward to seeing the Provincial banner raised at a presentation ceremony in the fall.
Congratulations again David, Rachel, Nathan, and Lauren!
Butler Repeats as Mixed Bonspiel Champion
The annual Port Perry Auto Glass and State Farm Mixed Bonspiel was held this past weekend with teams playing one game Friday night, then three games on Saturday. Teams were treated to great curling, some great food and entertainment, including karaoke on Saturday night.
Port Perry’s John Butler skipped his team of Alice Beatty, Terry Golphin, and Marita Kersten to the overall championship. They beat the team of Rob Parish, Carol Jackson, Jay St.John, and Karen Rowsell in the final. This is the second year in a row, and third in four years that Butler has won this event. Doug Rowe’s team of Ally Rowe, Gord McComb, and Laurie McComb won the consolation event.
Special thanks to event sponsors Glenn and Kelly Evans from Port Perry Auto Glass and Kevin and Valerie Spohn from Kevin Spohn State Farm Insurance for their 20 years of sponsoring this mixed event. Thanks to Terry Vos from Vos Independent and all the community sponsors that donated prizes to the raffle table.
The ice crew of Mike Parliament and Rob Thompson did an amazing job all weekend and thanks also to bonspiel co-ordinators Peter and Susan Duivesteyn.
Teams from Oshawa, Uxbridge, Unionville, High Park, and Port Perry competed in the event. Everyone had a great time and it was a great way to end another curling season at the Port Perry Curling Club.
Butler Mens League Champion
After a full week of mens league playoffs at the Port Perry Curling Club, John Butler skipped his team of John Malloy, Adam Meaney, and Michael Konopaski to the 2015-16 championship.
The team beat Mark Howsam, Kevin Davis, Adam Meaney (Ken Lavalette spare) and Ken Lamb in the final.
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