Trail retirees curling – Skips day off after successful spiel

30 teams hit the ice for the 29th Annual Men's Retiree Bonspei including those from Nelson, Rossland, Castlegar, Beaver Valley and Trail.

It was good to see the curling club bustling last weekend at the 29th Annual Men’s Retiree Bonspiel.

Thirty teams hit the ice for the poplular spiel including those from Nelson, Rossland, Castlegar, Beaver Valley and Trail.

With almost everyone participating in the bonspiel, there was no time to rest before Monday’s league game.

Because all teams are five-man teams, the skip got the day off, which  put the last rock in the thirds’ hands.

In a close game the Secco rink, skipped by Guido Babuin, faced the McKerracher rink, skipped by Pat Fennell.  It was a rough start for the Secco team, giving up four in the first end.

However, with grit and determination, they clawed there way back to tie the game in the seventh end, and steal one in the eighth to win the match 6 – 5.

The Horan team, skipped by Neil Craig, went against the Siddall side, skipped by Mel Johnson.

Horan’s foursome started strong and never allowed the Siddall side any breaks.  With hammer for most of the game, a single point was all they could manage.  Make the final 8 – 1 Horan over Siddall.

In a surprisingly similar game the Stewart team, skipped by Frank Jorgensen faced the Koynagi rink, skipped by Bob Menin.

It took 8 ends for the Koynagi rink to hit the score board.  The final score was 8 – 1 for the Stewart team.

The Pasquali team, skipped by Bret Rakuson jumped out to a 7-2 lead after four ends, over the Tyson rink skipped by Roy Nordquist.

The Tyson rink then took three in the fifth end and stole the last three ends for a big 9-7 come-from-behind victory over Pasquali.

Congratulations go out to the two men’s teams, Shypitka and Nichol, and the women’s team Hiram  who secured spots for the BC Provincial Senior Curling Championships.

Kudos also go out to the Trail Ladies club for the wonderful breakfasts, and lunches, and our caterers for Saturdays dinner.

No event of this size can run as smooth as this weekend did without great organization and volunteers.