This year 21 teams including Edmonton, Calgary, Drayton Valley, Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer, Blackfalds, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and local Bentley teams, competed in the Bentley Ladies Bonspiel held March 7-9.
It was over double the number that had entered last year and organizer Krista Turner was very pleased, both with the number of entries and the amount of sponsors and donations and the volunteers who helped.
Participants were entertained and fed all weekend long. There were over 90 door prizes and great -pick-a-prize prizes for those who placed.
There were also raffles for a wine fridge, a custom-made fire pit ring, and a liquor basket.
Friday started with the first games and team Welcome Bags as teams came in. Pulled beef-on-a bun and salads were at the ready, and snacks on elegantly decorated tables adorned the specially lighted lounge.
“Best Dressed” went to the Candice Read rink.
The two “Hot Shot” $200 cash prizes went to the Dana Kamlah rink for low score and the Candice Read rink for high score.
Breakfast was provided both Saturday and Sunday morning and pizza around 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Saturday was also banquet night at the club with catering by Lora Walker. Skits provided by each team, with props that had been provided to them when they entered and a theme of “On the Rocks”, was entertaining. The Kelly Sulzle rink won the “Relationship on the Rocks” skit competition.
The finals went at 3:00 p.m. Sunday.
Undefeated “A” event winner was the Trudy Bennett team with third Erin Sather, second Leslie Esteves and lead Andrea Nelson from Blackfalds. They easily defeated the local Bonnie Muzylouski team making Carole Larsen’s team third and Dana Kamlah’s team fourth.
The “B” event final was quite a battle. The Rocky Mountain House Leanna St. Onge team with third Marna Woollard, second Marci Terpsma and lead Rosemary Fetaz, who were only one up coming home without the hammer, defeated the Jenn Tripp foursome from Red Deer 6-4 after eight ends. Deb Minta placed third and Marilyn Lutwick fourth.
The “C” event was a grueling challenge as both teams had just played the draw before and had to go back on the ice. The Candice Read team from Bentley played both Sunday games shorthanded. Teammates were third Nicole Hunter, who missed Sunday, second Laura Saydak, and lead Melissa Zarantonello. They were the eventual winners against the local Cory Van Velzen team.
The Van Velzen team had a marathon of their own just to get to the final. In both the quarterfinals and the semi-finals the team had come through with a win after being down by three coming home and scoring four in the eighth end.
See more photos in this week’s paper.