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Curling, camaraderie highlight ladies bonspiel

There were winners and there were losers, but ladies bonspiel organizer Donna Scott said the weekend will be remembered for great curling and camaraderie.

By Marcel Vander Wier on November 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm

There were winners and there were losers, but ladies bonspiel organizer Donna Scott said the weekend will be remembered for great curling and camaraderie.

Fourteen teams competed in the Whitehorse Motors Ladies Bonspiel held Saturday and Sunday at the Whitehorse Curling Club.

It is the only ladies only spiel of the season.

The first-place rink finished with 51 points, and consisted of Kandice Braga, Laini Klassen, Cheryl Meger, Ladene Shaw and Helen Strong.

Coming in second with 49 points were Leslie Grant, Corinne Delaire, Terri Ducharme and Charmaine Thom.

One point off their pace in third were Tamar Vandenberghe, Sheila Stockton, Karen Archbell and Tess Lawrence.

The ladies bonspiel is meant to include recreational female curlers and provide a social weekend of curling, Scott said.

“This spiel targets all female curlers, regardless of skill,” she said. “It is a great weekend of camaraderie. We were happy to have a young junior team of 11 and 12 year olds curling in their first ever bonspiel.”

Alyssa Meger, Lisa Francis, Jenny Francis and Peyton L’Henaff made up that rink.

Each team played five six-end games over two days, in a modified skins format designed to give each rink maximum playing time.

“No team gets knocked out after a couple of losses and every end is played throughout the weekend,” Scott explained. “Every end played increases the team’s overall points total.”

Two points were awarded to the team that won each end, and one point awarded to the team that lost it. When ends were blanked, each team took a point.

The objective was to ensure all participants enjoyed their curling matches.

New this year was a champagne brunch held between games on Sunday. It proved to be very popular, Scott said.

Whitehorse Motors was the event’s major sponsor.

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