Curling club’s mixed bonspiel on the books

Grant Brown, Guy Bodnaryk, Tami Bodnaryk and Kamryn Brown were the winners of the A event at the Burntwood Curling Club’s recent mixed bonspiel. They beat Team Hickes for the championship.

Sam Antila, Courtney Reeves, Ian Graham and Pam Antila claimed the B event championship with a victory over Team Hause, while the C event title went to Todd Boisvert, Chantal Kissick, Brandon fell and Felix Goetz, who defeated Team Buchan.

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Travis Lychuk, Gwen Bodie, Bruce Bodie and Paula Young won the D event by beating Team Watt.

Eleven teams entered the bonspiel, one fewer than last year, says Sam Antila.

“It was very successful,” he said, though the club would like to see more teams next year, preferably 16.

Curling leagues are also going well, particularly the Friday night mixed league, which has 24 teams. There are 18 teams in the Thursday night league and the ladies’ league is a couple teams short of being full. The Wednesday night men’s league has the same number of teams as last year, though there is still room for a half a dozen more to join next year. There are also about two dozen players in the junior curling division.

“The curling club’s doing well,” Antila says. “We’re keeping our heads above water. We have the same number of members as the last four or five years. We’ve got a good group of volunteers.”

The club continues to host monthly fish fries to raise money for operating costs, which are fairly significant when it comes to electricity, water and insurance.

The club will host its ladies’ bonspiel on the third weekend of February, the men’s bonspiel in the third week of March and the Vale bonspiel in the first week of March. Teams from the club will be competing at the Viterra men’s provincial championships and the seniors provincials in February and the mixed provincials in March.

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