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​Off the Broom - good time at Mixed Spiel

February 5, 2023

Once again, the Port Elgin Curling Club put on a wonderful week of provincial championship curling this year, going one step further by hosting both the men’s and ladies finals. Many of our club members took in a few games while others watched the broadcasts on YouTube rather than battling the sometimes nasty weather conditions. Many of our members also were volunteers, helping out with security, timing, scoring, ticket-selling and more. Our own ice maker, Chris Turcotte, was one of the crew that made and maintained the ice throughout the competition. Ontario’s representatives will be Rachel Homan playing at the Scotties in Kamloops, Feb. 17-25, while Mike McEwen will be at the Brier in London, March 3-12. Brier tickets are still available if you are interested in attending.

Our annual Ladies Spiel is being held Saturday, March 4, and organizers are still looking for teams. So, ladies, now is the time to enter. If you are an individual and want to curl, don’t be shy, let someone know you are interested or put your name on the sign-up sheet at the club.

The annual Mixed Spiel was held Saturday and for the second year in a row, a team cancelled due to the weather and road closures. However, with some hard work, a six-person fill-in team was found and it did very well, finishing up second in the early draw - the combined team for two games included Les and Ruth Shane, Jim Roberts, Korey Brown, James Goetz and Judy Watt. Thanks for helping out, guys.
The team of Eric Gravel, Heather Struthers, Mike Meraw and Kim Rankin, took first place with 30½ points and was the overall winner of the spiel. The late draw was won by the bonspiel co-ordinator, Cathy Alcombrack, with Darren Cook, Tania Dickson and Pat Parkinson, with 28 points. Second place was a tie between Craig Urie and Kevin Brown with 20 points each. These two Georgetown teams, as well as the Pat Pringle team, travelled that terrible wintry weather to get here and we thank you for your efforts.
As always, a good time was had by all and we must thank our volunteer workers - with a special thanks to Dan Showalter for the delicious lasagna he made and served up, Chris Turcotte for the ice-cleaning and our sponsors: Canadian Tire and Country Depot and great meat prizes from The Beefway. Without you, these bonspiels would not be happening.

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