While many of us were slipping about on the ice caused by the unseasonably warm temperatures last weekend, some talented members of the community were artfully gliding across the Swan River Community Centre’s curling ice last weekend (Feb. 17-19) when they hosted the 2017 Manitoba Stick Curling Association Provincial Championships.
The event saw teams come from across Manitoba to participate, joining 13 local teams from Swan River and Bowsman. In total, 24 teams in total participated in the successful event.
Swan River Curling Club teams consisted of:
• Brian Cotton and Mildred Cotton;
• Dennis Kalynuk and Lloyd Nemetchek;
• Lew Taylor and Marvin Vestby;
• Harold Proppe and Jerry Dominato;
• Lorna Spicer and Inga Orf;
• Barry Tall and Brian Harvey;
• Kathy Sanderson and Sheree Soura;
• Marg Gogal and Myrna Hardy;
• Newt Duncalfe and Dennis Patience;
• James Webster and Glen Campell; and
• Neil Watkins and Andy McKendry (from Winnipeg).
Bowsman Curling Club teams consisted of:
• Barry Stephen and Murray Parsons; and
• Terry Pierrepont and Julie Nahnybida.
In a tight match that went to an extra end, Warren Johnson and Brad Childe of the St. Vital Curling Club in Winnipeg edged out a victory over Watkins and McKendry during the final on Sunday.
“They won in an extra end,” said organizing committee member Brian Cotton. “It was a close, well-played game. Either team would have been a good representative for Manitoba (in the Canadian Championships).”
On the consolation side the winners were Ken Strand and Shirley Strand, also of the St. Vital Curling Club.
“The local teams did very well,” said Cotton. “But, “Somebody’s gotta win, and somebody’s gotta lose.
Despite there being a competition going on, it appeared that everyone was having a good time.
“We’re quite happy (with how the weekend went),” said Cotton. “We put on a good show.”
This is the first time that Swan River has hosted the event, in fact Cotton advised that it is the first time that the event has beem hosted outside of Winnipeg.
“They were looking to try and get more people involved, we have six sheets of ice, and they were happy with the facilities here,” said Cotton, adding that Jerry Dominato put in most of the work to do the application to bring the bonspiel to town.
The organizers were able to put together a lot of special touches for the participants, things that a larger centre like Winnipeg cannot afford to do.
“We had a good pancake breakfast, and a nacho platter was offered to the participants on Friday night,” said Cotton.
“We had sponsors for breakfast, as well as for the other things we wouldn’t have been able to do without it because it’s too expensive.
“We did a lot of fun social things while hosting and we had cash prizes for the winners,” continued Cotton.
“I think everyone’s been quite pleased. The local organizing committee, and Dominato in particular, did a lot of the work.”
Cotton was happy with the turn out and exposure to stick curling that the event generated.
“We’ve had quite a few non-curlers, including spouses and family, that have been up watching, and the sportsmanship’s been good,” he said.
The 2017 National Stick Curling Championship will be held this year in New Glasgow, N.S, from March 23-26.
“They try to get all the provincial winners to go to the nationals,” said Cotton, noting that provincial winners get $250 each to contribute to their travel costs. “Three or four teams for sure are planning on going this year.”