Local rink captures ladies’ bonspiel

The 51st-annual ladies’ bonspiel last weekend at the Fort Frances Curling Club was a tremendous success, club manager Rick Grenda said.
Twenty-eight rinks participated in this year’s ’spiel, which involved lots of good curling and some good fun revolving around a Mexican theme.
Diane Pattison skipped her Fort Frances rink of Patty Boileau, Collen Wiersema, and Teryl McFarlane to the ‘A’ title Sunday afternoon, defeating the Jody Judd rink.
Judd is a Thunder Bay native while the rest of her team hailed from Fort Frances.
The Pattison rink now gets the honour of chairing the event for next year.
(It also should be noted that while Pattison was winning the ladies’ bonspiel, her son, Jason, a member of the Muskie boys’ curling team, was in the process of winning gold at the NorWOSSA curling playdowns in Kenora).
Meanwhile, Nettie Kaufman’s quartet of Sylvia Smeeth, Linda Pruys, and Lynn Hazen, all from Fort Frances, won the ‘B’ final against Bonnie Broman’s rink.
They chaired this year’s bonspiel as the defending champs.
The ‘C’ final was won by the Barb McEwen rink, one of two hailing from Thunder Bay in action here last weekend, who beat out the local Kathie Jackson rink.
A team from International Falls also competed in the bonspiel.
The upstairs of the curling club—where family, friends, and fans sat to watch the draws—was well decorated along the theme, “If you can’t go to Mexico, let it come to you.”
There were jalapeno peppers, palm trees, a giant bottle of Tequila on the wall, and margaritas being served all weekend. Dinner on Friday was tacos.
The Mexican theme continued into the Friday and Saturday night dances. Saturday’s dance featured local band “Thinking of Pinky,” and was open to the public.
“Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves,” said Grenda. “And from the look on their faces the next morning, they must have really had a good time.”
Next up on the local scene is the “Curl for Cancer” fundraiser on March 6. The annual men’s bonspiel will be held starting March 26.