The Trenton Curling Club hosted its annual Senior’s Invitational Bonspiel March 6, and ever-energetic “mature” curlers from Brighton, Stirling, and Trenton converged for some serious granite hurling.
The total points spiel consisted of two six-end games, with points awarded for games won, ends won, and points scored. After the first draw, the two top scoring teams would play each other, and so on.
After the first game, Dave Melanson was atop the leaderboard with a score of 13, followed closely by Ellie Kompch with 11½ . Also in contention were Mike Lamoureux (defending champion) with 10 3/4 and Bert Garrett with 10 ¼.
Before taking to the ice for the second game, the curlers rejuvenated with lunch prepared by Mike Parry and Catherine Sutherland, oxygen, and power naps.
In our featured game (a little Brier terminology), Kompch scored a five ender in the second end to take a 5-1 lead over Melanson. Melanson fought back by stealing three successive ends to go into the last end trailing Kompch 5-4. It all came down to skips stones with Melanson lying two. Kompch’s last rock looked like it was coming up short. Suddenly, the usually quiet skip let out a “Hurry Hard” so loud that it rivaled the decibel level of a C7 Galaxy take-off from the nearby airbase. So encouraged, or frightened, her sweepers carried the stone into the four-foot for a 6-4 win, and new bonspiel champions.
Like all of our senior’s bonspiels, everyone went home with a prize, ranging from gift certificates from the Farmer’s Market, steaks, and lottery tickets. We would like to thank our Senior’s League sponsor, Seasons Dufferin Centre, for their donation of dessert, the trophy, floral arrangements, and a fabulous garden basket raffle prize which was won by Carol Baker.
For league standings, please visit our website at www.trentoncurling club.ca