Congratulations to the Winners!
Team Shearer (Cathy Cummins, Kate Feindell, Fiona Shearer and Sara Berry) from Evergreen CC (and Richmond Hill CC) built a big lead and defeated Team Kostenko in the A Event finals today to win the Ladies First Bonspiel at Evergreen Curling Club in Portland, OR.
In the B Event, Team Watson (Dana Watson, Kathy Placek, Gail Starr and Cecile Baril) defeated The Whirlies. Meanwhile, Team Avery (Rhiannon Avery, Penny Beach, Marissa Avery-Talber and Christine Bagwell) from Boise Curling Club triumphed in an exciting game over Team Smither to win the C Event.
Following an overnight refrigeration hiccup we delayed the Sunday finals by three hours. Then in the first end of the B Event final one of our curlers took a bad fall and needed to sit out to clear her head (she recovered and is feeling fine now).
Great Job! by the bonspiel committee (especially Kathy Placek) who persevered through many glitches and issues along the way. Thanks to the ice team (Peren Bjork, Scott Klinkhammer, Bruce Joncas and Jim Smither) for their quick work to patch up a cracked pipe fitting and an emergency glycol leak. The curlers reported that the ice conditions were excellent. Thanks also to Craig Webster and all who volunteered time and effort throughout the weekend. We hope to make Ladies First a regular fixture on the west coast bonspiel calendar.
All were impressed and pleased with the wines from Provincial Vineyards, a local boutique winery who arrived on Saturday, poured tastings for all of the curlers and provided wine growlers as gifts. The curlers reported that Provincial Vineyard wines were superb.
Thanks also to Bull Run Cider for pouring their craft hard cider made with fruit from the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range in Forest Grove, Oregon. They helped to make the Saturday afternoon tasting session a wonderful treat. We heard many good comments from the curlers about the delicious taste and variety of the Bull Run ciders. Check out their calendar to find out where they will be pouring next.
Summary of Day #2 (Saturday, October 26th, 2013)
The Pool of Chocolate started their bonspiel at 8am Saturday (10/26/2013). The Whirlies took an early lead over Kostenko but by the third end Kostenko had pulled even and then surged ahead for the win. Meanwhile, the M&Ms won their match with Team Smither.
Round #2 of Wine Pool play saw Team Avery from Boise CC triumph over Karen Fairley’s ECC squad. Team Shearer hit high gear while winning over Team Watson.
In Round #2 of Choco Pool, Courtney Smither’s team easily beat the Whirlies while Colleen Kostenko’s team (with Doreen Deaver skipping and throwing 4th rocks) won over the M&Ms.
In Round #3, Wine Pool champion Fiona Shearer’s team completed their pool play sweep by beating the Ladies from Boise while Dana Watson’s team secured second place with a win over Karen Fairley.
Round #3 of Choco Pool entertained us all with two exciting matchups. The Whirlies finally hit their stride and took a big lead over M&Ms. The M&Ms came back and had a chance to score 4 in the 8th end to tie, but couldn’t quite pull off the miracle shot. Team Kostenko built an enormous lead over Smither, but Courtney’s team stormed back with 4 in the 6th and 2 in the 7th to tie. Coming home, both teams played well in the 8th, but Doreen’s hammer was too good, and team Kostenko won to take first place in the Pool of Chocolate.
To break the resulting three-way tie for second place in the pool, all players from Smither, M&Ms and Whirlies returned to the ice for an exciting Team Draw to Button challenge. They used Sheet B which had not seen any game play in several hours, and the unused, heavy ice there proved difficult for all three teams. Players threw their draws short and long, and sweepers repeatedly struggled to read the ice. Finally, Whirly skip Hannah Horten placed her stone in the back of the house, good enough win second place for the Whirlies. Team Smither took third.
Summary of Day #1 (Friday, October 25th, 2013)
The ECC Ladies First Bonspiel started strong Friday, October 25th with teams in the Pool of Wine taking the ice for the first round of pool play. Fiona Shearer’s team won their first game over Team Fairley with an exciting draw-to-button tie-breaker. In the other pool game, Team Watson placed many stones in the house and triumphed over Team Avery.