First bonspiel a positive start

The Nanaimo Curling Centre held its first bonspiel of the season on Oct. 23-25 with the staging of the annual Halloween Open Bonspiel.

Leagues have been up and running for a month now at the Nanaimo Curling Centre, so things are well underway for another local season of the ‘roaring game.’

Linda Torgerson is president of the Nanaimo Curling Club this year, taking over from past-president Dave Perpeluk. First vice-president is Vic Brice and second vice-president is Mark Duffell. Others on the executive are secretary Bob Davies and treasurer Fred Rumo, as well as Brian McRory, Susan Chepil, Andrea Parry, Bruce Connor and George Duffell.

The club held its first bonspiel of the season on Oct. 23-25 with the staging of the annual Sleeman Halloween Open Bonspiel. Continuing a format begun several years ago, the competition allowed for teams with any combination of men and women curlers to enter. A total of 24 rinks took part this year, including several from out of town.

One of those visiting teams was from a long way away, but made the trip worthwhile by winning the bonspiel’s A event, sponsored by Christensen Collision. A touring junior girls’ rink from Korea took part and went undefeated through to the final. There, it faced the other unbeaten team, a Nanaimo entry skipped by Mike Kenefick. The final was an exciting one and came down to an excellent last shot that gave the Koreans a 5-4 win. Players from Korea were Minji Kim, Hye Rin Kim, Taei Yang, Sujin Kim and fifth Ji Yeon Kim. Teammates with Kenefick on the runner-up team were third Margie Blackley, second Bob Palynchuk and lead Jessica Pyett.

Third place in A event went to the team skipped by Lynne Noble.

In the final of the Bill and Marjorie Tegart B event, skip Kim Dennis, third Nicole Backe, second Shannon Ward and lead Marla Guldbransen prevailed in a 6-2 victory over George Duffell and his teammates Heather Lindsay-Lecuyer, Howard Jeglum and Angela Wood. Third place went to the Emily Smith foursome.

Sponsor for the bonspiel’s C event was 460 Realty and the final featured a showdown between teams skipped by Keith Ainsley and Ferdy Hobson. It was the Ainsley squad that prevailed, claiming a 9-6 win. Others on the winning side were third Susan Chepil, second Rick Calgill and lead Barry Lindell. Teammates with Hobson were Keith Clarke, Eilene Mitton and Ken Rafter.

Third place in C event went to Nanaimo Curling Club manager Denise Wood and her team of Burt Gieresiczek, Tammy Keir, Arlene Rolston and Bob Franklin.

Congratulations go also to Kelsey Brown, Angela Butcher and others on the organizing committee. Taking full advantage of the Halloween theme, the bonspiel was by all accounts a fun time for all who took part.

There’s more bonspiel action this coming weekend, as the Nanaimo Curling Centre is hosting a one-day Junior Spiel this Saturday (Nov. 7). Also upcoming is the Hangover League men’s bonspiel, set for Nov. 20-22, and a Masters Open bonspiel on Nov. 25-27.

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

Just Posted

VIDEO: Fires break out in scrap piles at Harmac mill

Nanaimo firefighters got blazes under control in early morning hours Saturday

Nanaimo firefighters called to battle B.C. Interior blaze

Nanaimo fire truck and crew called to bolster efforts against B.C.’s biggest wildfire

Swimmers welcomed back to Westwood Lake

City of Nanaimo announces lake is re-open to swimmers after eight-day closure

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Discontent City situation is dragging on and on

It’s on and on and court cases seem to be going nowhere, says letter writer

City in holding pattern following this week’s court ruling regarding Discontent City

City of Nanaimo’s legal counsel unsure when ruling will be made

Two hurt in car wreck at Northfield intersection

NANAIMO – Honda and Volkswagen crash at 10 p.m. Friday on old Island Highway

Nanaimo’s VIEX country fair underway

Vancouver Island Exhibition happening Aug. 17-19 at Beban Park

Vehicle catches fire on Rutherford Road

NANAIMO – No one hurt in incident, which happened at 2:30 p.m. Friday

Authorities mull evacuation order for Zeballos

Smoke billowed from the steep hillsides of Zeballos on Friday evening, as… Continue reading

Beefs & Bouquets, Aug. 16

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail

Safeway union urges prejection of mediator recommendations

Says mediator asks for too many concessions

Fire chases B.C. crews out of their own camp

Crews in Burns Lake had to leave after a wildfire reportedly overtook their sleeping quarters

To address peacock problem, B.C. city moves ahead on trapping plan

Surrey’s new bylaw focuses on ensuring people no longer feed the birds, ahead of relocation

Hospitals to see ‘delays’ in care after losing Saudi students, health group says

About 1,000 Saudi residents called back to kingdom after suspending diplomatic relations with Canada

Most Read