Trail Retiree Men’s Curling: Retirees ready for spiel

Cal McKerracker rink completed an unlikely comeback over the Dan Horan foursome

In Trail Retiree Men’s Curling action last week the Cal McKerracker rink completed an unlikely comeback over the Dan Horan foursome, as teams are in fine-tuning mode for their upcoming bonspiel this weekend.

Horan’s team scored three in the second, then stole another one in the third to take an early 4-1 lead. However, back-to-back deuce’s for McKerracker vaulted them into the lead. All tied up at six going into the last end, Cal under pressure drew into the rings for the 7 – 6 win.

In another tight game, Tom Hall’s rink faced Jim Stewart’s team. The Hall rink jumped out to an early lead until the fifth end but the Stewart team rallied for four points to tie the game. Deadlocked coming home, the Hall team with hammer had to execute a double for the win, but the Stewart rock hung on for the steal and a 9 – 8 victory.

The Robin Siddall rink faced Lefty Gould, and it was a tight game through three ends. The keen ice fooled both teams, deep guards, and out the back draws were common. The Siddall rink then found the magic, taking three in the fourth end, and stealing two in the fifth on its way to a 13-4 drubbing.

Cliff Tyson, winner of the first two sessions, faced Primo Secco in an age old battle. After a slow start the Secco team came on strong. Skip Primo Secco was unconscious, with much credit to his sweepers, he didn’t miss a draw all game as the Secco team went onto a 10 – 3 final.

In a game for the ages, or at least one that took that long. Clair Coleman faced Serge Pasquali.  In a back-and-forth game, that saw lots of rocks in play, it came down to the final end. The Pasquali team was ahead by one, with the Coleman team holding hammer. Coleman had to make a double takeout on his last shot for the win. With the rest of the teams already behind the glass, he executed the double  perfectly to make the final score 7-6.

The Trail Retiree Men’s annual bonspiel goes this weekend, with 30 teams vying for top spot. Spectators are always welcome, the action begins at 8:30 a.m. each morning and continues to 5 p.m.