Nugget Column #10 – Tuesday December 2nd, 2014
The 9th annual Assante Senior Bonspiel saw growth this season with committee members opening the event up to women. Teams could be made up of any combination of male or female curlers as long as they were age fifty or over.
Semi-Final play in the main draw consisted of Team Bruce Munro versus Team Real Gagnon and Team Rick Miller versus Team Gus Laforge.
The final was captured by Bruce Munro, Duncan Bell, Drew Eloranta and John Querney who defeated Team Miller.
The “B” Division was won by Jeff MCrady, Brian Whitehad, Barry Shoppoff and Jann Costante who played Team Randy Flegel. And the “C” division title went to Darla Esch, Bonnie Tweedle, Sue Cantin and Linda Payne who bested Team Brian Flaxey.
Many thanks are owed to organizers, sponsors, caterers and curlers who support the event on a regular basis and have create an environment that is difficult not to return to year after year.
With ice time being locked up at home by the wiser curling population, the not so versed took to the road in pursuit of competitive curling prowess.
Calli Barclay, Cynthia Furlotte, Kate Sherry and Sarah Pigeau with coach Dave Bondett spent the weekend in Coniston where they would finish at 5-1, suffering defeat only to the undefeated Katie Rutledge team of Soo Curlers.
With that, Team Barclay advances to the Northern Ontario Curling Association’s Junior Girl’s Provincial in Sault Ste. Marie January 3rd – 6th, 2015. Bobby Ray will tag in to the co-coaching position for this event.
North Bay’s Connor Lawes will also be advancing to provincials as second for Team Tanner Horgan of the Idylwylde Golf & Country Club. Lawes and company wrapped up their regional competition at 3-1 surrendering only to Team Chris Glibota of Soo Curlers.
Horgan, the 2014 NOCA Junior Boys curling champions, will be favoured to wear green and gold again; however a strong aggregation of Soo curlers playing on home turf in a city enlivened by their reigning Olympics Gold Medalists cannot rightfully be discounted.
Jeff Brown, Gavan Jamieson, Steve Decary and Bobby Ray set their GPS to the Ontario Curing Tour’s Scugog Cup in Port Perry, Ontario. The NOCA men’s playdown hopefuls went 3-0 to scoop up the first available qualifying position and a semi-final berth on Sunday.
The team fell flat in their playoff game against Pat Ferris of Grimsby, Ontario but drove away with some cash and a respectable performance for their first event of the season.
Last but not least, we followed the Granite Club’s Joanne Come as she hopped on a plane to Duluth, Minnesota for the Ontario Curling Tour’s Molson Cash Spiel. The twelve-team ladies’ event featured nine American rinks and three Thunder Bay contingents, all of whom are seeking Northern Ontario’s first Scotties Tournament of Hearts berth since the re-formatting of the Women’s Canadian Curing Championship.
Come, as second for the Jessica Williams rink, finished with a 2-3 record.
North Bay Granite Club