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Rock Talk: Local rinks excel at masters spiel

by Jim Anderson

Rock Talk curling columnist

The Remembrance Day week saw the Abbotsford Curling Club hosting the annual masters bonspiel, and local teams acquitted themselves very well against the stacked rinks of the foreign invaders.

The Olson rink from Peace Arch Curling Club edged the LaTulippe foursome from Chilliwack in the final. The top Abbotsford team was led by Rob (the back cracker) Turner (in his first ever bonspiel), who guided his team to third place out of 24 teams.

Turner was joined by Jim (eight-ender) Gordon, Steve (the ringer) Decter and some other guy. Other Abbotsford rinks making the prizes were Jack Finnbogason, Doug Carvey and Derek Robinson (who was magnificent in his absence). The bonspiel committee of Gordon, Robinson, Archie Radowitz, Jack Turner, Gary Snowden, Art Heppner and Bert Creasy did an exemplary job, ensuring future success for the well-run event.

Shockingly (to me at least), the Canadian Curling Association recently announced the 2014 Brier is to be held three hours up the road in Kamloops. The shocking aspect is that the Brier is such a big event capable of filling 15,000-plus seat arenas and is a huge money maker for the CCA. It’s nice that they have decided to make some financial sacrifice in order to spread Canada’s premier curling event around to smaller venues.

If you haven’t signed up to curl yet, it’s not too late – we can get you in. Just call the club at 604-859-9244.

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