Everybody had a great time curling this past weekend (Feb. 22-24, 2013) in Evergreen CC’s DIY Bonspiel! The field included veteran teams, league teams, pickup teams, juniors, seniors, and everything in between. Good curling and great times all around.
My favorite final was the B Event in which Jason Hill’s team won it in the 8th end against a team consisting of Steve Liske and three brand new curlers fresh out of Novice League. Jason told me later that he was afraid that it was going to go down to a single-draw tie-breaker, and his draw weight was not smelling sweet. He was considering getting his third (Eric Hanson) to throw it, but thankfully didn’t need to after winning the game outright. Meanwhile, Ryan, Steve’s third, made a memorable double-takeout in the fifth end that sent the warm room crowd into a delirious celebration. Fantastic shot, Ryan!
Here are the 2013 Evergreen Curling Club DIY Bonspiel A, B and C event Champions:
Doug Schaak and his team sailed through the draw unscathed to win it all. Congratulations to Doug, Jim Smoltz, Dan Sorensen and Jason “this makes the drive from Corvallis so much sweeter” Clifford. Team Schaak had a momentary scare when the Whirlies stole two on them Friday night, and they needed to curl well to overcome Adam Harris’ Van Lightning team in the final.
Jason Hill’s team looked down and out after being shellacked on Friday night, but they regrouped on Saturday, picked up steam on Sunday morning and eked out victory Sunday afternoon. Cheers to Jason, Eric Hanson, Steve Ellis and George “thank goodness we caught the Whirlies napping” Middleton for the victory.
Wayne Brock’s hastily assembled Dream Team prevailed over Matt “what, we have to curl again??” Starr’s exhausted squad in the C Event final. Both teams played well and entertained the warm room crowd with exciting ends and expert shotmaking. Congratulations to Wayne, Eleanor Robertson, Ron Fairley and Kristy Schnabel.
Many, many thanks to the bonspiel committee (Art Placek, Joe Maser, Kris Klinkhammer and Doug Schaak) for organizing the event, especially to Art for creating and coordinating the draw and to Joe Maser for organizing the potluck. Thanks to all of the curlers for bringing food to share. My favorite dish was Smoltz’s pulled pork. Delicious. Thanks too to all of the bartenders and video personnel for keeping things well-lubricated and well-documented.
If any of you took photos of the event, then send them to me, and I will add them to this blog post for all to see.