Sweeper’s Cove

The Ponoka Curling Club is in to its last week of play for both the men’s and mixed leagues. The Wednesday morning Adult League finished its season on March 11 while the juniors completed their season on Feb. 25. Meanwhile, the Ladies League curled for half a season until the beginning of February.

A double round robin format was used to determine the winners on both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides of the men’s playoffs. In the “end”, the Amundsen foursome emerged the winner for the ‘A’ side while the James Kalin team took the ‘B’ side. Although playoffs finished the week of March 16, the teams were back at the rink this week for a fun night.

Although the members of the Adults League had a great time during their season, many were disappointed that the bonspiel was cancelled this year. Unfortunately, a drop in players in January and conflicts with other similar events did not make it feasible to put on a successful bonspiel this time around. Let’s hope for its return next season.

This year, again, the juniors finished with lots of enthusiasm for the program. Although the numbers dropped somewhat in January, the coordinator and the instructors are looking forward to an even larger turnout and stronger program in the upcoming season. The biggest highlight of the program was the Junior Bonspiel. The event received a lot of positive feedback so let’s hope for its return as well. Also, many of these young people took time out of their schedules so that they could be involved in our other bonspiels. They are the future of the sport in our communities and we should support their participation. Hopefully, with the 2010 Olympics looming large, much more interest will be generated.

The ladies season was short and with just six teams there was not a playoff format. The round robin did, however, produce first, second, and third placements. The Blair team finished in first place while the David and Newton teams tied for second spot. The Sperber foursome rounded out the placements in third position. Through a draw, the teams were mixed up for the last night of curling which gave everyone a chance to play with members they have never curled with before. Also, five ladies teams enjoyed being involved in the Town and Country Bonspiel this year lieu of a ladies only event. It was a change that was well received by all.

Again, this year, the Scotties was won by Jennifer Jones representing the Canada Team. As you read this, she is now competing at the Ford World Womens in Korea from March 21-29 and is off to a very good start having defeated the US in one of her wins. The Kevin Martin team is not resting on their past accomplishments. The team, which has already qualified for the Olympic trials in Edmonton in December, has now won the Brier for the second year in a row with a blowout against Manitoba’s Jeff Stoughton.

Also, this past weekend, he out shot Randy Ferbey in the final to win the Canada Cup fpr the third time. Watch for the Martin foursome to be strong at the Ford World Mens to be held in Moncton, New Brunswick from April 4 to 12. He will be defending his title from a year ago.

The membership is looking forward to its annual wind-up set for March 27. On that evening the draw will be made for a 42’ Panasonic plasma television which is being raffled off. Tickets are just $5 each and will still be available up to draw time by contacting the Ponoka Curling Club.

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