The Ed MacIntosh team from the Amherst Curling Club were over-all winners of the first Invitational Bonspiel to be held at the Northumberland Community Curling Club in Pugwash. (from left) Ed MacIntosh, skip, Ernie Smith, mate, John Greer, second and Rodger Ackles, lead.
Pugwash - Pugwash received rave reviews for its first Invitational Bonspiel held last Friday to Saturday Northumberland Community Curling Club.
Pugwash is a great place to hold a Bonspiel. The ice is absolutely beautiful, weight sensitive and allows for a really controlled game. The ice lighting is very good, with just the right amount of brightness. John Greer, 2nd on the Ed MacIntosh team from Amherst said.
Rhonda Perry, also from Amherst, and the mate on Stephanie Boudreaus team agreed saying, The volunteers are absolutely amazing; all our needs were met. I really like the lounge. The choice of colours is amazing.
Sixteen teams with a total of 64 players battled out for top standings in three divisions.
Draws were organized with the first games beginning at 1 p.m. Friday and continuing until 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Every team played a minimum of three 8-end games with the finalists playing four games to determine first place standings in A, B, and C divisions.
Division A winners and over-all winners of the tournament were the Ed MacIntosh team from Amherst with Ernie Smith, mate, John Greer, second and Rodger Ackles lead.
The close runner-up in A Division was the NCCC team of Lionel Prokopow with mate, David Campbell, second Curtis Shanks and lead Peter Mortenson.
The B division was won by the Myles Trenholm team from Sackville with Ken Oulton skipping, Mike Gillespie as second and Don MacIntyle as lead. Myles Thenholm played mate.
The runner-up of the B Division was the John Marshall team from The Bluenose rink, New Glasgow.
The C Division was won by the Doug Oulton team from Sackville, N.B.
Runner-up of C Division was NCCC Lou White with mate, John Mills, second, Brian Gordon and lead, Dave McGrath.
As the result of voting by all the weekend curlers, a special award was given for the most sportsmanlike player. The winner of this award was Janet Canfield of Malagash.
The hard work of a small but dedicated Bonspiel Committee made the weekend come together successfully. Thanks go out to Alice Power, Norval Benjamin, Claude Hudson, Vic Matheson, Peter Mortenson and Lionel Prokopow. In addition, approximately sixty volunteers worked to make the weekend run smoothly. Now that we know that we can do it, this will be an annual event, for sure, said Vic Matheson.
Local sponsors included Jost Vineyards, The Pugwash Co-Op and various members of NCCC, who provided prizes for all divisions.