Lois Fowler and Maureen Bonar are getting back together this year with their eyes on a Stream ‘N’ Wood Curlettes title as well as a provincial senior championship.
As the curling season neared, Fowler was worried she wouldn’t have a team this season as her senior teammates from last season left the sport for health or personal reasons. So Fowler called up her former women’s teammate — they appeared together in national women’s championships in 1993, 1996, 1998 and 2004 — and Bonar agreed to come on board. The pair will curl with Terry Ursel and Jill Hazelwood — both of whom played in Curlettes with Fowler last year — in the Curlettes league, and with Kim Link and Allyson Stewart for their competitive senior team.
As always, Fowler is looking forward to the Curlettes league to get in games before Christmas, but also to get re-acquainted with Bonar on the ice.
“For Maureen, it will be good for her and I to curl together because we’ll be together on weekends and the senior provincials are in our club this year, so I’m looking forward to her and I being together, and it’s about time because she finally hit the magic age,” said Fowler, the three-time defending Curlettes champion. “I’m excited for that.”
The senior provincials, for players 50 and over, will be held at the Brandon Curling Club from Feb. 20-23.
Fowler’s also happy to see the Curlettes league full this season. After years of struggling to get enough teams, this year’s league features nine squads, with seven returning from last season. Karen Dunbar and Sherry Ferguson are skipping new teams.
“It’s good,” Fowler said. “Some years we were struggling to get teams and it’s great to see the enthusiasm is there. Again, I think a lot of people like it because it’s done before Christmas. It just gives you, for some teams, an extra game (each week) before the Christmas break.”
The Curlettes open Monday at the Brandon Club at 1 p.m. and play every Wednesday after that at 9:30 a.m.
MASTERS: The Neil Andrews Legends Classic, featuring 16 masters teams, runs from Friday to Sunday at the Brandon Curling Club. The event begins on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and runs through to the final on Sunday at 4 p.m.
JUNIORS: Stonewall is hosting junior men’s and women’s berth bonspiels from Friday to Sunday. Two berths will be available at each event. Minnedosa native Jennifer Curle will lead her Winnipeg-based team in the women’s event. Tyler Grumpelt will skip his Brandon team in the men’s event that also features squads skipped by Carberry’s Braden Calvert and Austin Mustard.
MCT: Brandon’s Stacey Fordyce, Carberry’s Betty Buurma and Dauphin’s Lisa Menard will play in the 24-team Manitoba Curling Tour Atkins Curling Supplies Charity Classic in East. St. Paul that runs from Friday to Monday.
WCT: Brandon’s Rob Fowler, Gladstone’s Geoff Trimble and former Brandonites Mike McEwen, William Lyburn and Nolan Thiessen (lead on Kevin Koe’s team) will compete in the Manitoba and World Curling Tour’s Canad Inns Prairie Classic in Portage la Prairie from Friday through Monday.
EXTRA ENDS: The Brandon Curling Club is hosting free adult learn to curl sessions every week starting on Monday at 8:30 p.m. The youth curling program, for players aged eight to 14, begins on Oct. 24 at 4:15 p.m. The cost is $50. For more information, call the club at 726-3560 … The Riverview Curling Club will host a charity bonspiel to raise money for cancer research from Nov. 7-10. It’s open to men’s, women’s and mixed teams and costs $140. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 17, 2013