A lot of hard work and personal contacting by Bentley Curling Club executive this year paid off. There was a full complement of 24 teams, twice as many as in 2012, for the 4-event 2013 Bentley Farmer’s Bonspiel that ran November 25-30.
All the eight-end games were scheduled after 5 p.m., except on Saturday, and the bonspiel was open to both males and females of any age who were connected with agriculture.
There were two draws on Monday and Tuesday, three draws on Wednesday and Thursday and one on Friday as that was banquet night, and the final three draws were on Saturday with the last draw starting at 1:30 p.m.
All the final games proved interesting for spectators to watch.
Champion of the A event of the 2013 Bentley Farmer’s Bonspiel was the local Norm Rieu rink with Gord Mydland, Dwight Homan and Don Bridge. Bonnie Muzylouski filled in for Bridge for the team’s last two games. In the final game against John Stol from Lacombe, the teams were tied 3-3 after 5 ends and 4-4 after seven ends coming home. Rieu ended up scoring one without having to throw his last rock in the eighth end for a final score of 5-4.
The Lyle Lorenz team placed third and Ernie Rodermond fourth.
Winning the B event was the Eckville team of Joey Olson, his father Don Olson, Wayne Edmondson, and Scott Tompkins. They were tied 4-4 after 6 ends with the team of Tony Matejka Sylvan Lake team. Olson got one more in the seventh so was one up, but didn’t have the hammer in the eighth end. Olson ended up winning the game on a measure.
Finishing third was Ian Ross and fourth was Ralph Scarlett.
The “C” event winners were Darren LaGrange, Norm Crossman, Ray Miller, and Klaus Brink from Red Deer / Bentley. Their game against Bentley’s Ken Brown was 5-2 after 5 ends but Brown came back to be down by only one on the final end, but without the hammer. LaGrange scored one for a final score of 6-4.
Tim Feader placed third and Grant Kamps fourth.
The Merle Craven rink with Lee Loeppky, Tom Barker, and Lonnie Sulzle from Red Deer won the “D” event. After being up 4-2 after 5 ends against Kevin Woolsey from Rimbey, the Woolsey team scored 2 to make it tied 4-4 after six, but Craven cracked a five-ender on the seventh end to end the game.
Third was Miles Wright and fourth was Kyle Brink.
There was usually something free to eat for the curlers upstairs in the lounge.
The banquet, catered by Lora Walker, was held in the Blindman Valley Ag Centre on Friday night.
At the conclusion of play on Saturday afternoon, teams gathered upstairs and the winners picked out their prizes from a myriad of items before heading home happy and tired.
“We really want to mention the support from the out-of-towners,” said Ray Walker. “We couldn’t do it without them. We want to thank the local teams as well, and also mention the junior team that played.”
Good support from donors and sponsors, and the hard work of members of the executive and others made it the success it was.