Rutland Takes the Gold!

The Rutland Rocks Curling Club led by skip Dean Mooney with teammates Linda Mercier, Glenn Campbell, Andrea Coppola and Don Lajoie prevailed over one time MWVCC Open Bonspiel champ Bob Holt from The Woodstock Curling Club in the Adams “A” event. Bob and his rink of Phil Swanson, Bruce Seely and Lisa Holt had a great spiel, but just came up one game short. Nicely done Dean and Company.

In the Madison “D” event, newcomers Pine Tree Curling Club, skipped by Derek Campbell with Jen Campbell, John Scamman and Adric Olson came home with the bronze. No small feat considering they had to overcome a very strong Cape Cod 2 team led by Richard O’Connor and team mates Tom Azarovitz, Darryl Christensen and Joann O’Connor. Congratulations Pine Tree!

In the “B” Jefferson Event, our own Mount Washington Valley Curling Club 1 team skipped by Paul Valle with Sherry Marceau, Billy and Michelle Chick were no match for our Lennoxville, Quebec “Canadian Cousins” led by Marc Richard with Daniel Mercier, Robert Lereille and Real Couture. Proving once again that those Canadians do know a thing or two about curling. Félicitations bien joué ¡

The Monroe “C” Event saw first time “Spielers” Lakes Region Curling Association with skip Paul Belville, mates Rick Massee, Mike Turner, Andrea Dudley and Brian Gately prevail over another Mount Washington Valley Curling Club finalist, skipped by Gwenn Munroe with team mates Eileen Neal, Joan Mcgrauth, Shirley Alessandroni, Denise Cogswell and Susan Bennett. This was LRCA’s first bonspiel, but doubt it will be their last. Well done LRCA!

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists in this our 5th Mount Washington Valley Curling Club Open International Bonspiel.

In all, 16 teams from across the northeast and Canada participated in the 3 day event held at the Ham Arena in Conway. A fabulous dinner was held at Hobbs Tavern in Ossippee on Saturday night where we said goodbye to founding members and Bonspiel Chair and Secretary, Pete and Paula Ellis. After 5 years with us, they have decided the winters aren’t getting any warmer and thus are heading south to continue their curling. Thank you for your service to our club, and Good Curling!

And as great as this event was, it would not have been possible if not for the “shadow people”. We get to curl, have our pictures taken, and win trophies….they get to do all the work to make that possible. At the risk of leaving just one person’s name off, I will simply say “thank you” to all those of you who spent the hours of preparation getting the ice in shape, preparing the food and helping in so many ways. You know who you are….and so do we. Your dedication and service to the club has been duly noted.

So to all, Thank You and Good Curling!



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