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Sports archive for January 29, 2014

Smallwood sweeps up bonspiel victory

The Whitehorse Motors Ladies Bonspiel title came down to an accuracy contest, and skip Jody Smallwood pulled through.

By Whitehorse Star on January 29, 2014 at 4:14 pm

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ON TARGET – Jody Smallwood’s draw to the button won her the 2014 ladies bonspiel title.

The Whitehorse Motors Ladies Bonspiel title came down to an accuracy contest, and skip Jody Smallwood pulled through.

Smallwood’s pre-tournament draw to the button – which saw her rock cover the pin – eventually gave her rink the victory over runner-up Marg White.

The two teams finished the weekend bonspiel tied for first with 53 points.

Fourteen teams competed in the bonspiel, hosted by the Whitehorse Curling Club this past weekend.

The tournament was originally supposed to be held in November but was cancelled due to lack of teams.

Third place also came down to a draw to the button, as rinks led by Donna Scott and Laura Eby finished tied with 50 points each. Scott took third.

The bonspiel was played in a modified skins format, with each team playing five six-end games.

Two points were awarded to the team that won each end, while the rink that lost the end still collected a point.

Blanked ends resulted in a point for each team.

The tournament focused more on winning ends rather than points, giving teams of all skill levels a chance to win the event.

A potluck banquet followed play Saturday night, and a champagne brunch was held between games Sunday.

Smallwood’s team also included Joan Ewing, Paula Nugent, and Jari Smarch.

White, who pulled off a rare eight-ender in December league play, curled with Carol Richards, Val Whelan and Inge Brown.

Scott’s third-place team included Ally Goncalues, Allison Nette and Vy Tang, while Eby’s fourth-place squad also included Deb Enoch, Janine Peters and Lorna Spenner.

Next up on the recreational curler’s bonspiel calendar is the Sportsman’s Bonspiel, scheduled for Feb. 14 to 16 at the Whitehorse club.

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