Curlers off the ice after successful season

NANAIMO – We'll take a final slide onto the curling ice this week, as we conclude our review of local year-end awards…

We’ll take a final slide onto the curling ice this week, as we conclude our review of local year-end awards with a look at mixed and senior leagues…

Tom and Janice Stroman were the coordinators for the Investors Group Friday Mixed League this year and they send word that 26 teams took part, divided into A and B squares of competition. When points for the entire year were added up, the A square winner was skip Mike Kenefick and his team of Elaine Cloutier, Dennis Plamondon and Michelle Plamondon. Tops in B square for the year was the foursome of Ken Hall, Joan Hall, Fred Carter and Margie Carter.

Following the end of league play a wind-up bonspiel was held for league members. In that, the A square winner was the team of Jason White along with Cheryl Toole, Harold Levesque and Lindsey White. B square champs were Ken Albrecht, Isabel Albrecht, Mike Leduc and Susan Leduc.

Brian Askin once again organized the Wednesday afternoon Wood Gundy/Berwick on the Lake Senior Mixed League. He reports that the winning team from the first half of the year was that of skip Terry Miller, third Sallie Atkinson, second Charlene Petersen and lead Brian Askin. Runners-up were Archie McIntosh and his team of Shirley Learmonth, Don Mounce and Lise Starkey.  From the second half of the season, first place went to skip Don Varney along with third Carl Buechler, second Laurie Rear and lead Mary Meehan. In second place came Marj Fenske together with teammates Pat Meehan, Charlene Petersen and Joe Carter-Squire.

The CIBC Wood Gundy Monday Senior Ladies’ League also divided their season into two separate halves. Pat Johnston sends word that first square winners were skip Doris Fergusson, third Sallie Atkinson, second Sharon Stonehouse and lead Shirley Van Oene. From the second square, the winning team consisted of skip Natalka Strilesky, third Andrea Simick, second Laurie Rear and lead Corinne Jensen.

Also sponsored by CIBC Wood Gundy, the Senior Men 55-plus League divided its season into four squares, with two divisions in each and teams drawn from a hat for each square. At the year-end awards banquet, top teams from each square were recognized. From the first square, the Quality Food Trophy went to the team of Gene Klymchuk, George Yelle, Nick Rvachew and Jimmy Patrick, with the Don MacRae Memorial Trophy going to Brian Scorer, Lloyd Learmonth, Ed Stonehouse and Greg Bush.

From the second square, winners of the Joe Boudot Memorial Trophy were Scorer, Barry Sparkes, Roy Richmond and Jim Bond. The Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty Trophy was awarded to McIntosh, Mike Leduc, Nick Rvachew and Roy Efford.

Third square results saw the foursome of Ron Kulai, Larry Oleskiw, Glen McCord and Don Cembella claim the Mark’s Import Auto Trophy. Winning the Christenson Auto Collision Trophy was the team of Fred Withey, Vic Brice, Graham Ramsey and Jim Cox.

In the fourth square, skip Nels Symbaluk and his team of Gord Borbandy, Greg Bush and Duane Ehnes took home the Petley-Jones and Company Trophy, while the Chic Johnston Memorial Trophy went to Bob Hungar, Ed Stonehouse, Rvachew and Mounce. To cap off the award presentations, long-time volunteer Gord Borbandy was named to the John Anderson Honour Roll in recognition of his work for the senior men’s club.

The Mid-Island Co-op Senior Open Rink of Choice League competed on Wednesday afternoons this past season and coordinator Mike Leduc reports that the 12 teams were involved. Top team from league point standings was that of Gordon Petley-Jones, Gerry Adams, Ken Wilson and Larry Frieson and runners up were Bob Chlan and his team of Bob Franklin, Eric McKean and Art Peck. From the cash skins games that were played, the Chlan team came just ahead of the Frank Voysey foursome.

Whatever your sport, a reminder in closing to play your hardest, play fair, and show good sportsmanship.