Retiree Tom Hall slides smoothly out of the hack on his way to a 6-3 win over Team Rakuson. The Trail Retirees Curling Club will host its 35th annual bonspiel this weekend. Jim Bailey photo.

Trail Retirees prime for annual bonspiel

Trail Retirees Curling Club hosts its 35th annual bonspiel this weekend at the Trail Curling Club

Early handshakes were the theme of the day in Trail Retirees Curling action this week at the Trail Curling Club.

The Serge Pasquali team came up against a red hot team skipped by Murray Walsh. Walsh ahead by five after two ends cruised to a 9–2 six-end victory.

Team Alvin Caron, skipped today by Dan Ashman, kept team Primo Secco on the ropes all game. Team Caron had draw weight from the first to the last end beating team Secco, 9–3.

Team Pat Burke shot out of the gate and amassed an impressive six-point lead after four ends. Team Harvey Handley battled back with two in the fifth to cut into the lead, but traded singles in the remaining three ends, make the final 8–3 for Burke.

Quick ice with plenty of curl on guards made setting up and protecting ends tricky. The Tom Hall rink got out to an early lead and kept the pressure on team Brett Rakuson. Rakuson took two in the sixth end to make it 6–3 but it was handshakes in the seventh as Hall had the end well in hand.

The 35th Annual Trail Retirees Bonspiel starts today (Friday), and continues through Saturday, and Sunday. Thirty teams from the West Kootenay will be competing in the cash ‘spiel at the Trail Curling Club.

Draws go at 8:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Spectators are always welcome.

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