Palmer: Final events before tee box replaces starting block

At the Winfield Curling Club, we still have a few more events to wind up our season.

It seems like we just started the year and now it is time for play-offs to begin.

By now the winners of the Olympics will have been decided and the Scotties as well. Congratulations to the young team of Rachel Homan as she wins the Canadian competition two years in a row.

Next up is the men’s Canadians, or the Brier as it’s officially called, that takes place in Kamloops—so close to home that it might be worth the road trip.

Here at the Winfield Curling Club, we still have a few more events to wind up our season. The Lake Country Ladies Softball League puts on their one day bonspiel, BRR Bunns, on the 22nd of February followed by the Army and Navy League’s inaugural cashspiel on February 28 to March 2.

The Men’s Bonspiel is the final event of the season and takes place on March 14 to 16.

There is still room for more teams in these events, so give the club a call at 250-766-3318 if you are interested in entering a team.

The seniors’ drop-in held their two-day bonspiel and had 16 teams compete—mostly local teams but some came from Vernon and Kelowna as well. Another great job done by Keith, Muriel, Jean and a host of other volunteers—pillars of our club. These seniors curl three times a week and enjoy every minute of it. The final wind-up date is set for March 12, before the grass turns green and golf takes over.

Meanwhile, the juniors had a road trip to Salmon Arm for their one day bonspiel and had two wins and one loss to finish their season. The last session for the junior program is Feb. 26, with an in-house mini bonspiel (where the kids teach the parents) to be announced.

These juniors have come a long way since the beginning of the season and continue to have a good time both on and off the ice. A special thanks to Richard, Leah, Bob, Allie and all the parents who participate in helping these kids become experienced curlers—and they are.

Well that’s about it for this week—stay tuned for upcoming playoff results in the next few weeks. Better yet, come down to the club and watch the top teams compete for first place (and bragging rights for next year).

See you there and good curling.