by Jim Anderson
They aren’t getting older – they’re getting better.
Well, actually they are getting older too but they can still acquit themselves with considerable aplomb on the curling ice.
Two Abbotsford teams were victorious in the recent Masters zone playdowns held in Langley. Milt Sinclair’s rink of Jim Hambly, Doug Carvey, and another old guy were successful in the youthful (60 years plus) category, while the ageless legend Bernie Sparkes won the . . . we’ll just call it the more experienced category.
Sparkes’s team consisted of Jack Finnbogason, Kiyo Hamade and Bob Byrne, and edged another Abbotsford team skipped by John Munro in the final.
Sparkes and Sinclair will lead their senile sliders in the Pacific Coast/Interior Provincial Championships to be held in Salmon Arm Feb. 25-28. Sparkes also qualified for the Curl BC Masters Provincials to be held in Creston March 5-9 so there is really no point in coming home. He can just carry on his lifetime curling odyssey which has included 12 provincial championships. Good on ya, Bernie!