This year the Bentley Farmer’s Bonspiel that ran November 24-29 was the biggest in many years. There were 30 teams entered in the four-event bonspiel this year. Once again a junior team was entered.
The ice was good and ready to go, and despite a huge snowfall with drifting snow and drastically dipping temperatures that caused school closures and cancellations for Thursday and Friday, it didn’t curtail the action at the local curling rink.
There were evening draws throughout the week starting on Monday at 6:00 p.m. Action ended with four draws on the final day, so one earlier morning, with the four finals on the Saturday 3:15 p.m. draw. In the evening following play, there was a banquet at the Bentley Ag Center catered by Classic Catering for all the curlers and guests where there were a few door prizes and silent auction items.
Going through undefeated to capture the “A” Event was the Ernie Rodermond crew who beat the Don Olson foursome (“B” event winner last year) in the final “A” event game. Placing third was the Walter Jensen team and fourth was Randy Johanneson.
With only one loss and winning the “B” Event was the Tony Kamlah team who beat out Art Dykstra in the final making Bruce Millar third and Bob Pecharsky fourth.
In the ‘C’ Event the repeat winner was Darren LaGrange, who had won the ‘C’ event last year, and this year defeated Herman Wegmann in the final so Arnold Kubista (Cecil Galloway) placed third and Dana Kamlah fourth.
John Stol won the ‘D’ Event final over Jason Wiese making Norm Rieu third and Melvin Johanson fourth.
Bentley always feeds participants well at their bonspiels. Ray’s Grader Service sponsored free ribs and potato salad on Tuesday evening. Armin Mueller sponsored buffalo smokies on Wednesday night and the club supplied meat and cheese trays for the Thursday draws. There was the usual free coffee and candies.
With a big bonspiel out of the way, the Bentley Curling Club is now planning its popular seniors’ bonspiel for January 12-15, 2015.