Gibsons Curling Club hosts annual bonspiel

The 42nd annual Gibsons Curling Club Men’s Bonspiel took place Jan. 18 to 20 with 24 teams competing, including eight teams from the Sunshine Coast. Curlers from as far away as Ontario participated in the three-day competition.

In the exciting A Event final, Team Meyer defeated Team Sykes, curling out of the Marpole Curling Club of Vancouver, by a score of 7-5. This is the fourth consecutive year that Team Meyer has won the Bonspiel.

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Barry Meyer attributed the success to the life experience of the team. Team Meyer is a team of four retired police officers including Cal Fister (skip) of Maple Ridge, Barry Meyer (third) of Madeira Park, Murry Day (second) of Maple Ridge, and Brad Zalys (lead) of Gibsons. 

The B Event was won by Team Greenlawn from Richmond Curling Centre and the C Event was won by Team Harrison from the Port Moody Curling Club.

The Bonspiel is supported by many volunteers from the Gibsons Curling Club, who organize and feed the curlers over the three days. Juanita Wannamaker, chair of the Gibsons Men’s Curling Bonspiel said, “We want to thank all the volunteers who give tirelessly of their time. The curlers were all complimentary of how well they were treated at the Gibsons spiel.  Many of the teams have made the Bonspiel an annual event, returning year after year. That wouldn’t happen without the volunteers. They do a fantastic job!”

Gibsons Curling Club has over 160 members and runs five leagues as well as “learn to curl” and junior programs. Upcoming events include Curling Day in Canada and the Gibsons Mixed Bonspiel. Details are available on the Club’s website: www.gibsonscurlingclub.ca

The inaugural Gibsons Men’s Bonspiel was held in 1977, one year after the Curling Club started. The initial bonspiel was won by Bud Will, Lauri Miclash, Lawrie Gow and Wally Pomeroy.

– Submitted by Brian Lyseng

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