Clearwater teams place in Barriere bonspiel

Area resident and Special Olympic Curler Danny Cleland is shown throwing the ceremonial first rock for the Barriere Curling Club's Skins Bonspiel held on Saturday, Nov. 13.  (Bernice Randrup photo)
Barriere curlers joined with Kamloops curlers to complete teams for the bonspiel. (Pictured l-r) Barriere's Bernice Randrup, Marianne Nevins from Kamloops, Jeannie Webber of Barriere, and Ken Nevins from Kamloops.  (Barriere Recreation Society photo)
Two Clearwater teams came down to Barriere to enjoy the Skins Format at the Barriere Curling Rink. Pictured (l-r) is the Clearwater team of Lori Redman, Cathy Sauer, Shelley Graffunder and Todd Philips who came away with a third place.  (Bernice Randrup photo)
A competitor participating in the Skins Bonspiel at the Barriere Curling Rink on Saturday, Nov.13. (Jill Hayward photo)
Barriere team skip Susan Bondar (center) encourages her sweepers Marie Gray (l) from Sicamous and her daughter Jocelyn Gray (r) from Whitehorse to 'sweep hard'; while opponent Glenn Evans looks on.  The Barriere team took first place in the Skins Bonspiel hosted at the Barriere Curling Rink on Saturday, Nov. 13.  (Jill Hayward photo)
Barriere Recreation Society representative, Brian Bondar, reports the recent Skins Bonspiel at the Barriere Curling Rink was a great way to start the off the area's curling season.  (Jill Hayward photo)
A competitor participating in the Skins Bonspiel at the Barriere Curling Rink on Saturday, Nov.13. (Jill Hayward photo)

The Barriere Recreation Society (BRS) hosted a Skins Bonspiel at the Barriere Curling Rink this past weekend, with good participation from the area and from afar.

Area resident Danny Cleland had the honour of throwing the ceremonial first rock of the event.

“Danny was under a considerable amount of pressure with his shot as everyone was watching,” reported BRS representative Brian Bondar. “But he drew to the button! Danny’s coaches, provincial curling champions Corrine and Ken Brown, would have been very pleased with his delivery for a perfect shot.”

The local bonspiel drew players from Clearwater, Kamloops, Pritchard, Sicamous, Williams Lake and Whitehorse.

First place was won by the Barriere team skipped by Susan Bondar with teammates Rhys Brunn of Kamloops, Marie Gray of Sicamous and Jocelyn Gray of Whitehorse.

Second place was won by a Clearwater team consisting of BJ Gagnon, Kerry Miller, Larry Bens and Lorraine Gagnon.

Third place was also a Clearwater team skipped by Shelley Graffunder, Todd Phillips, Lori Redman and Cathy Sauer.

“The eight-team bonspiel consisted of three games and a well received supper,” said Bondar.

Next up at the rink will be a special evening co-hosted by the Barriere Recreation Society and Charlie Kibble.

The event will be on Saturday, Nov. 20, featuring a gourmet dinner with live entertainment provided by the group The Dueling Pianos.

If you would like to join weekly curling, participants are invited to “simply show up” on any Wednesday at 1 p.m., or on Friday at 7 p.m. For more information about the Barriere Curling Club or the Barriere Recreation Society contact Brian or Susan Bondar at 250-672-5334.

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