Nugget Column #24 – Tuesday March 8th, 2016
Regular leagues and programs have been put on hold this week as the North Bay Granite Club hosts forty teams competing for boys and girls provincial high school curling championships.
Local entries from the host school, Widdifield Secondary, are being skipped by Chris Bowman and Kate Sherry.
The Wildcat boys play round robin matches Monday at 5:30pm, Tuesday at 8:00am, Tuesday at 5:30pm and Wednesday at 11:00am.
Wildcat girls hit the ice Monday at 8:30pm, Tuesday at 2:00pm, Wednesday at 8:00am and Wednesday at 2:00pm.
Boys’ quarterfinals go Wednesday at 5:30pm, girls’ quarterfinals Wednesday at 8:30pm, semi-finals Thursday at 9:00am, finals and bronze medal games Thursday at 1:00pm. Spectators are welcome.
Twenty teams of each gender have been divided into four pools of five teams. The top two teams from each pool will move into playoffs.
We’ll be cheering on two local curlers this weekend as they compete in the Northern Ontario Curling Association’s Mixed Provincial Curling Championship in Fort Frances.
Joanne Come and Bobby Ray will be playing front end for Team Mike Assad of Geraldton and will endure a double round robin with the top two teams advancing to a final on Sunday March 13th. Other competing teams will be led by Dylan Johnston, Trevor Bonot and Colin Koivula.
Come and Ray were runners-up last season and in 2013. Assad is a four-time Northern Ontario mixed champion and looks forward to continued success with this new lineup including Leanne Eluik (a reigning Northern Ontario Curling Club Champion) at vice.
The Coldwell Banker Open Bonspiel is shaping up to be a dandy with twenty-nine teams already registered. The final deadline is this Friday March 11th and teams or individuals can register online at nbgraniteclub.com/coldwell.
$240/team gets you a minimum of three games, food throughout the weekend and live music on Friday and Saturday night.
Entertainment is open to the public so plan a night out at the Granite Club on March 18th and 19th.
Friday night kick back and sing along to a variety of acoustic covers compliments of We-R-3. This acoustic trio covers a wide range of musical influences. We-R-3 puts their own twist on popular classics from Dolly Parton to Guns N’ Roses.
Saturday night let loose and dance the night away with Duke Marvelous who will be dishing out funky renditions of today’s top 40 music. This band’s unique style blends raw talent, emotion, energy and bad jokes to create a fun lovin’ atmosphere. Where they play, people are dancing, singing, laughing and feeling the vibe.
With the end of curling season in sight we are beginning work on our tennis programs as well as taking bookings parties, weddings and other hall rentals. Questions about either service can be directed to our office.
Bobby Ray General Manager North Bay Granite Club