Have a great summer! See you in the fall for more great curling.
The 2013-2014 curling season at the Western Community Curling Club came to a close April 10 with the annual awards night celebrating the teams and individuals who played from October to April. Praise and appreciation were heaped on all, but there were also winners of the various club competitions and other achievements to celebrate.
The first to be recognized were the winners and runners-up of the mixed team awards sponsored for the 40th year by Paul Arsenault of Valley View Motors.
Paul Arsenault presents the trophy to Allison Griffin who was there representing the winning mixed team skipped by Kevin Ellsworth. The two other team members were Jacob Wilkins and Mauride Porrier.
Paul Arsenault introduces the mixed team runners-up. (L to R) Dylan Vincent, Paul Pitre and Cheryl Bell. Skip Daryl MacDonald could not be present.
The Monday Night 1st draw winning team (L to R): skip Freddy Fraser, David Bell and Cheryl Bell. Absent was Anna Muselius
The Thursday Night 1st draw winning team (L to R): Mike Trudeau, Dylan Vincent and Lynn Adams. Absent was Maurice Porrier.
The Monday Night 2nd draw winners (L to R): skip Freddy Fraser, David Bell, Cheryl Bell and Wendy Fraser.
The Thursday Night 2nd draw winners (L to R): skip Walter Callaghan, Meaghan Henderson, Bobby Henderson and Francis Gaudet.
The Wednesday Night 2nd draw winning team (L to R): skip Freddy Fraser, Eric McCarthy, Colin Bell and Cheryl Bell.
ROOKIES OF THE YEAR
|Roger Gavin of the WCCC presents the female rookie of the year for 2012-14 Kendra Obrien.
||Fr. Art Pendergast, President of the WCCC, presents the male rookie of the year Devon Obrien.
The banner says it all! Kevin Ellsworth's team won the Island Legion curling Championship for 2014 and fared quite decently at the nationals in Manitoba in mid-March. Skip Kevin Ellsworth could not attend the awards night but the rest of his team did. (L to R) Blaine Hutt, Freddy Fraser and David Bell
The final formal event of the 2013-14 curling season at the Western Community Curling Club, the Year End Funspiel by Leslie Hardy & John Griffin, took place April 4 to 6 and Daryl MacDonald's team swept to victory.
The ice will soon be removed and the season will officially end with the closing banquet where the club awards will be presented and the members will switch out of winter gear and begin the wait til next year.
Co-sponsor Leslie Hardy presents the trophy to A Division winners (L to R): skip Daryl Macdonald, Marlana Oliver, Rushell MacDonald and Jimmy Oliver
The A Division runners-up (L to R): skip Anthony Bernard, Blaine Hutt, Eric McCarthy and Shirley Hutt.
The B Division winning team (L to R) skip Roger Gavin, Gifford Costain, Francis Gaudet and Joyce Matthews.
The C Division winners (L to R): skip Kevin Ellsworth, Jacob Wilkins, Cheryl Bell and Pete Larter.
The C Division runners-up (L to R): skip Allan Adams, Colin Bell, Russell Campbell and Wendy Fraser
The annual Blue Book Funspiel at the Western Community Curling Club March 21 to 23 was won by the Freddy Fraser foursome after three days of curling by 14 area teams.
This was the second last spiel at the Alberton club for the 2013-14 curling season. The final event will be the Year End Funspiel from April 4 to 6.
Kevin Ellsworth, Alberton Fisheries representative, presents the winners trophy to the A Division winning team (L ro R) skip Freddy Fraser, David Bell, Scott Hamill and Tracy Bell
The A Division runner-up team (L to R): skip Bob Matheson, Muncie Harris, Walter Benson and Leah Harris.
The B Division winning team (L to R): skip Ian MacMillan, Bobbie Jean MacMillan, Vanessa Doucette and Allison Griffin (replacing Melissa Clements)
The B Division runner-up team (L to R): skip Daryl MacDonald, Shane Costain, Russell Campbel and Paul Arsenault.
The C Division winning team (L to R): skip Robert Henderson, Alvin Hachet, Janet Hachet and David Henderson
The C Division runner-up team (L to R): skip Alan Adams, Dylan Vincent (replacing Neil LeClair), John Ellsworth and Blair Collicutt
Roger Gavin's foursome took top honours at the Saunders Variety Funspiel held at the Western Community Curling Club March 7 to 9.
This annual event at the Alberton club saw good participation as usual in what has become truly a fun event where competition and friendly play go hand in hand.
Sponsor Connor Saunders presents the trophy to the A Division winners (L to R) skip Roger Gavin, Pete Larter, Roy Gavin and Joyce Matthews
The A Division runner-up team (L to R) Meaghan Henderson, Alan Adams, Bobby Henderson and Alan Irving.
The B Divison winners (L to R) skip Walter Callaghan, Ryan Costain,Kelsey McPhee and Donna Callaghan.
The B Division runners up (L to R) skip Daryl Macdonald, Paul Wood and Robby Robertson.
| The C Division winning team (L to R) skip Leslie Hardy, Robbie Williams and Isabel Avery.
|| The C Division runner-up team (L to R) Ian Macmillan. Amy Macmillan and Colin Stewart.
The Kaleigh MacKay rink from the Crapaud Community Curling Club and the Montague Curling Club, and the Donald DeWolfe foursome from the Cornwall Curling Club were the victors at the O’Connor Glass 2014 PEI Provincial Under 16 Curling Championships held at the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton from February 27 to March 3.
The winning girls team (L to R) Curl PEI representative Kevin Smith, Kaleigh Peters-Ellis, Danielle Collings, Kaleigh MacKay, Alyssa Wright, coach A. J. Campbell and sponsor David O'Connor.
The winning boys team (L to R) Curl PEI representative Kevin Smith, Nick Johnston, Cameron Jenkins, Avery Wells, Donald DeWolfe, coach Aleya Quilty and sponsor David O'Conno
Eight girls teams and five boys teams were in the competition.
The Karlie Lewis team represented the host club and she received a Fair Play/Sportsmanship award for her performance.
The event, sponsored by O’Connor Glass, officially got underway with an opening ceremony Friday afternoon.
The ceremoniel first stone was thrown by company representative David O’Connor.
(Photo courtesy Angie Arsenault)
The pace of play was maintained throughout the weekend with the two sets of teams putting on a fine display of curling. A glimpse at some of the action Saturday morning:
The perennial Credit Union Funspiel at the Western Community Curling Club held February 21 to 23 saw Kevin Ellsworth's team sweep to victory just ahead of Daryl Macdonald's foursome.
Sponsor Louis Shea presents the trophy to the A Division winners (L to R) skip Kevin Ellsworth, Kim Ellsworth, Cheryl Bell and Pete Larter
The A Division runners up: (L to R) skip Daryl Macdonald, Alvin Hackette, Bobby Henderson and Joyce Matthews.
The B Division winning team (L to R): skip Winston Keough, Eric McCarthy, Alan Gaudet and Lowell Morrison.
The B Division runners up (L to R) skip Ryan Costain, Devon Obrien, Kendra Obrien with Fr. Art Pendergast.
The A & E Funspiel by Fr. Art Pendergast and Eldon Hardy, held at the Western Community Curling Club from February 7 to 9 was won by the Eldon Hardy foursome.
The A & E Funspiel Winning team (L to R): skip Eldon Hardy, Dylan Vincent, Meaghan Henderson and Ryan Costain.
The A & E Funspiel runners up (L to R) skip Walter Callaghan, Geraldine Galland and Colby Callaghan.
The Winterfest Spiel held at the Western Community Curling Club and O'Leary's Maple Leaf Curling Club from January 17 to 19 featured competition in both regular curling and stick curling.
Eric McCarthy's team won the regular curling portion of the fun weeknd, while Sherill Barwise and Robert Turner won the stick curling competition.
In addition, the category of "beginner" was awarded to Frances Ellsworth and Shirley Murphy.
The Kevin Ellsworth team from the Bloomfield Legion won the PEI Provincial Legion Curling Championship which took place at the Western Community Curling Club from January 10 to 12.
Eldon Doucette (L), Legion Provincial Command Sports Chair, presents the champions trophy to (L to R) skip Kevin Ellsworth, Blaine Hutt, Fred Fraser and David Bell.
The team will represent PEI at the Dominion Command National Legion Curling Championship in Dauphin, Manitoba, March 15 to 19. The Bloomfield Legion team has represented the Island at this national event a number of times in the past and Kevin Ellsworth's team has won the Canadian championship once.
The championship game came down to the final stone of the final end of the Sunday game. The Ellsworth team had the hammer and beat Lou Nowlan's Summerside rink by one point.
The Legion's Eldon Doucette presents the runner-up team of (L to R) skip Lou Nowlan, Barry Cameron, Paul Matheson and Earle Proude.
Four teams competed in the championship. The other two were David Murphy's Charlottetown rink and Lou Nolan's Summerside rink.
The competition began Friday evening with words of welcome from (center) Eldon Doucette, Legion Provincial Command Sports Chair and from WCCC President Fr. Art Pendergast (left) and Alberton Mayor Mike Murphy (right).
The teams all lined up on the ice at the official opening and ready to go. Charlottetown is represented by the David Murphy rink, Summerside by the Dale Cannon rink and the Lou Nolan rink. Kevin Ellsworth's team from the Bloomfield Legion, a former national Legion champ, founds out the competitors.
The opening draw for the Island Stick Curling Tour was hosted at the Western Community Curling Club Thursday, Dec. 5. This kicked off what has become a very popular version of curling and our club does very well at it, what with a few provincial championships already won by local teams.
The annual pre-Christmas Teddy Bear Funspiel was played at the club from November 30 to December 2 and Blaine Hutt's team slid and swept their way to victory
Club President Fr. Art Pendergast presents the trophy to the winning team (L to R) skip Blaine Hutt, Virginia Hutt, Shirley Murphy and Alan Gaudet.
All the best to "our" ladies team at the Dominion Curling Club Championships which begin November 19 in Thunder Bay, Ont. The foursome from the Western Community Curling Club won the right to represent PEI at this national event last March.
|The team (L to R): skip Sharon Horne, Kim Ellsworth, Wendy Fraser and Alison Griffin.
Go team go! And have a ball in upper Canada.
The 2013-14 curling season is under way at the Western Community Curling Club. The ice is ready even if there's none outside yet and the club is kicking things off with an Open House from November 4 to 6.
There is free curling on these three days from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for all new or interested curlers. Beginners are especially welcome and even if you know nothing about stones and brooms and such that's OK since there will be plenty of folks there to show you the ropes.
Curling is a fun winter passtime and good exercise to boot.
Details on when regular curling begins, the teams setup and special events for the coming season will be posted fairly soon.
Already, there's a new event planned that holds a lot of promise being organized by the Western Region Sports and Recreation Council.
It's a four-week, once a week program called "Learn to Curl." Check out their Facebook page for more details.
The club is always keen to welcome new members and the Sports Council folks do a great job of introducing people young and old to new sports activities. "Learn to Curl" starts November 26 and it's free.
The Open House is drawing people in and here is a sampling of the on-ice action by a group of younger folks. The youngest player portrayed is all of four years old!