ROB STEELE Special to The Standard
The Uxbridge Curling Club hosted their annual Brandon Brier Bonspiel on Saturday. The bonspiel is loosely based on the Canadian Brier championship, as club members sign up as individuals and are then placed on teams by the organizing committee. Each team represents a Province or Territory with last year’s winning team, skipped by Bill Harwood, coming back as Team Canada. Then there’s of course Team Uxbridge and Team Brandon Ford, named after the title sponsor, to round out the sixteen team field.
This year the winning team was skipped by David Short, with Peter Holland at Vice, Christian Lauzon at second, and Irena Stansfield as lead. Each team played two, eight end games, and it was a close finish with the winning team beating the second place team by only 1/4 of a point.
The curlers were treated to lunch and dinner prepared by volunteers and then participated in a quiz based on the Canadian citizenship test. After dinner the winners were presented with keeper trophies and all curlers received a prize of their choice donated by many local businesses or pur-chased by the committee. A special thank you to Last Rock Curling and Foxbridge Golf for the raffle prizes.
Thanks go out to all the volunteers and organizing committee, especially Fred and Ann Marie Mills. The day was filled with great curling, great meals, great friends, fun and laughter.
Uxbridge Team Entry League a Success
Back in January, the Uxbridge Curling Club started a trial of its first team entry league. Instead of the club’s typical draft curling formats where players are placed on a team and switch teams during the season, members sign up as a set team and stick with that team all season. Curling on Monday night, a total of ten teams played a round robin and single knock-out playoff. Now only two teams remain for the championship and are skipped by Howard Harper and Jim Bell. The final game will be played at some point over the next two weeks during the club’s busy playoff schedule currently under-way every week night at the club.
Organizer Ray Brauch said the feedback on the league has been extremely positive and has hopes the league will expand next year to at least sixteen teams. Many thanks to Steve Turner and CRM Enterprises for his spon-sorship of the league.
Super League Finals Set
The finals for the Deloitte Curling Super League are set for Thursday Night. The Championship final should be a real great game as Don Beaton and his Gus Brown squad will be vying for their fourth championship in a row. In their way, Spencer Townley has been skipping Nerium International’s team to an amazing string of victories to get them into the final. On the Consolation side of the bracket, Bruce Jefferson’s Len Graphics team will be playing HUB International’s Rob Larmer. Games start this Thursday (March 26) at 7:30 p.m. so come out and watch some great curling action.
OCA Mixed Regional Results
Two local teams qualified for mixed regional play this past weekend at the Weston Golf and Country Club. Uxbridge’s Rob Houston built on his unbeaten run through zones by winning his first two games on Saturday to put him into the A-Final on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, the team lost 6-1 to Thornhill’s Mike Anderson, who’s made Provincials four of the past five years. The team would get a second chance in the B-Final against Rob Retchless from the Royals, who Houston beat Saturday afternoon by stealing two in the last end. Unfortunately, Retchless got his revenge, getting the best of the team winning 8-2 and preventing Houston from that coveted Provincial bid.
In the Senior Mixed, Port Perry’s Willie Beaton got out to a great start stealing a single point in the extra end to win 6-5 over Bobcaygeon’s Wayne Shea. In their second game, Rob Harling from Leaside took his two with hammer in the last end to win 6-5 knocking Beaton to the B-side. Unfortunately for Beaton, a rough start in his Sunday morning game lead to a one-sided loss to Scarboro’s Gregg Truscott, knocking him out of the competition.
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