Sports Curling

Qualifiers held at Barnfield Point

Anne Collins, Special to the Packet & Times

Orillia Sunshine Rockers curlers, (left to right), Carter Meeuwisse, Evan Pittman, Bill Fritzley, Albert Druer (skip) and Douglas Walli (forefront). SUBMITTED

Orillia Sunshine Rockers curlers, (left to right), Carter Meeuwisse, Evan Pittman, Bill Fritzley, Albert Druer (skip) and Douglas Walli (forefront). SUBMITTED

Last Saturday, the Special Olympics qualifying games in curling were held at Barnfield Point Recreation Centre, hosted by the Orillia Sunshine Rockers.

Six teams were entered in the competition, which included two teams from Orillia.

In order to place the teams into divisions, the curlers began their day-long event by playing two two-end games. Volunteers from the Orillia Curling Club assessed the individual curlers on their sweeping, accuracy of their shots and their ability to throw the called shot from the skip. Skips were also assessed on their ability to call the game. Finally, the teams were judged on the overall interaction between the team members and their general skill level.

Based on these assessments, the teams from South Saugeen, Central Bruce and Huronia-Midland were placed in Division A and the team from Barrie was placed in Division B with the two Orillia teams.

In the afternoon, two four-end games were played in each division, where wins were determined by total points scored, which resulted in Team Chamberlain advancing to the South-West Tankard playdowns in Walkerton on Jan. 7.

This Saturday, the OCC will hold its annual Newbie Spiel, which is a great way to introduce new curlers to the fun of bonspiels. Experienced skips and vices are teamed up with new seconds and leads. This bonspiel is full with 48 curlers participating in two six-end games with lunch and prizes.

A group of four Senior Men section curlers, skipped by Jim Quigley, traveled to Fenelon Falls and Minden in November to play in bonspiels and are participating Thursday and Friday in Niagara Falls in a two-day Masters Spiel. Chris Newton, Dave Simpson and Ron Talbot, who complete Jim's team, enjoy getting out to different clubs and playing other teams.

Anne Collins is a member of the Orillia Curling Club.



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