Nanaimo News Bulletin file photo

Nanaimo News Bulletin file photo

First Nanaimo Super Spiel held at curling centre

Debbie Erdos and Frank Voysey go to an extra end before Erdos wins 5-4

BY IAN THORPE

We’re back on the curling ice this week, as league and bonspiel action has been in full swing at the Nanaimo Curling Centre on Wall Street.

First off comes an apology, however, as somehow gremlins crept into some results I passed along three weeks ago. So let’s set the record straight regarding winners from the Berwick on the Lake Stick Bonspiel held last month.

A total of 16 two-person teams took part in the competition involving senior men and women competitors delivering their shots using a curling stick. Winners of A event were Ken Calthorpe and Richard Miller from Parksville. Nanaimo’s Bob Larsen and Don Boudot were second, with the Parksville pair of Ron Schwartz and Dennis Cassidy third.

The three top teams in B event were all local entries. Bob and Karen Hungar emerged as overall winners and claimed the title. Merv Osler and Cliff King were the runners-up, while Barry Sparkes teamed with Bob Franklin for third place.

Champions in the bonspiel’s C event were the team of Nels Symbaluk and Rick Kerley. Nanaimo’s Moira Ryan and Carol McIntosh took second spot, with third place going to Gerry Rivers and George Wallis.

Local curlers Craig Turnbull and Bill Boyko captured D event. Parksville’s Chris Price and Lola Denesyk were second and the Nanaimo team of Ron Kulai and Ron Chisholm took third place.

With that straightened out, let’s move on to results from a new event on the bonspiel calendar. In the middle of this month, NCC organized the inaugural Nanaimo Super Spiel. Longwood Brewery was the sponsor for the competition, which was advertised as an open cash spiel. A field of 16 teams competed in three events, vying for over $2,000 in prize money. Fred Rumo was a main organizer along with club manager Andrea Trepanier, and my thanks to him for passing along results…

The bonspiel’s A event final featured teamed skipped by Debbie Erdos and Frank Voysey. It was a well-played game with an exciting finish, as the Erdos team stole a point in an extra end to edge Voysey 5-4. Others on the Erdos squad were third Shirley Won, second Peggy Aikman, and lead Kilby Howat. Teammates with Voysey were Darryl Graham, Rick Ringma, and Dave Wright. Third place in A event went to skip Bob Chlan and his team of Dean Mousseau, Dan Danylchuk, and Bob Franklin.

In B event, the Parksville entry of skip Carey Sulz, third Chris Moher, second Greg Peachey, and lead Brian Somerville emerged victorious. In the final, the Sulz foursome posted a 7-4 win over Nanaimo’s Leslie Shearer and her team of Susan Chepil, Susanne Grundison, and Carol Dorman. Third in the event was Dean Meikle from Duncan and his teammates Mack Ellis, Troy Cowan, and Kelly Meikle.

Local teams met in the final of C event competition. There, the entry of skip Jason White, third Bob Cavezza, second Glyn Doyle, and lead Brendon Plamondon came away with an 8-5 win over skip Mike Kenefick and his team of Bob Palynchuk, Dennis Plamondon, and Elaine Cloutier. Claiming third place was the Campbell River foursome of Lyle Boyce, John Lapointe, Don Pennell, and Tom Green.

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