Great shots such as this one, knocking down four soldiers at once, were seen plenty of times during the annual Bashaw Bunnock tournament on July 8 and 9 at the ag society grounds. Photos by Jordie Dwyer

No Bones about it, Bashaw Bunnock tournament a success

Annual Bashaw event draws in nearly double the teams it had in 2017

Sunshine and hot temperatures meant a lot of people were able to enjoy themselves throwing bones around.

A total of 72 teams invaded Bashaw on July 8 and 9 for the community’s 14th annual Bunnock tournament, held at the Bashaw Agricultural Society grounds. This was the second straight year the Bashaw Curling Club organized the event.

“It was a huge success, which filled the ag grounds for a great weekend of camping and competition,” explained Erin Elder with the curling club.

She added that being able to draw nearly 300 participants helped generate a lot of interest from fans and made for a rather busy town for the weekend, compared to last year’s 40 teams that took part.

The overall championship was won by the Brent Stang team, which defeated Jason Waldner’s team in the Sunday afternoon final. The intermediate division was captured by the Nancy Weinkauf team, which beat the Denis Bedford team, while the consolation round was won by the Riley Rothweiler team over Calvin Wolbeck’s team.

Also known by the name Game of Bones, Bunnock — kind of a cross between bowling and curling — is played by teams of four facing off on either side of a 10 metre long court attempting to take out a set of 22 soldiers (bones) at the other end of the court.

Teams alternate turns with the winning team knocking down all the soldiers first. However, the two black coloured guards placed on either side of the 20 white soldiers must be taken out first before moving onto the white ones.

The game is said to have originated with Russian soldiers in the late 1800s and brought to Canada by German-Russian immigrants in the early 1900s. It used to be played with real horse ankle bones up until it became more popular in Canada sometime in recent decades, when the ‘bones’ were made of more durable materials.

Elder added that registration for the 2018 event will open on April 1 and anyone wanting more information can send an email to


The big barn at the Bashaw ag society grounds was the site of 10 full size courts for the annual Bunnock tournament.

Just Posted

Ponoka Broncs fall to Wetakiwin in final home match

Five graduating players honoured, recognized for their contributions

Almost Midnight Madness almost upon us

It’s the most magical night of the year — if you like… Continue reading

Ponoka Schools celebrate Remembrance Day

Tributes in song, poems and letters to home

Petition to ‘bring back Don Cherry’ goes viral after immigrant poppy rant

Cherry was fired from his co-hosting role for the Coach’s Corner segment on Nov. 11.

Disney Plus streaming service hits Canada with tech hurdles

Service costs $8.99 per month, or $89.99 per year, in Canada

Trudeau’s opponents: One gives him an earful, another seeks common ground

PM meets with Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe

Rona’s ‘truly Canadian’ ads are inaccurate, watchdog says

Ads Standards points out U.S.-based Lowe’s acquired Rona in 2016

Brian Burke considered favourite to replace Don Cherry

Brian Burke is the 5-4 pick to be the full-time replacement next season

Report predicts drug resistance likely to kill 400,000 Canadians by 2050

This increase is expected to cost Canada 396,000 lives, $120 billion in hospital expenses

Father of Broncos player who died says Alberta organ donation bill needs work

Six people benefited from organs harvested from his son, Logan, was one of 16 killed in the crash

Sportsnet fires Don Cherry after negative comments about immigrants

Don Cherry had said immigrants don’t wear poppies like other Canadians do

Trudeau’s new cabinet: Gender parity because it’s 2019? Or due to competence?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will soon appoint his new cabinet

Most Read