Gervais and Zubko teams tie for first place

There were 15 teams entered in the Preeceville Senior Bonspiel held during the week of January 7 to 11.

The Laird Gervais rink of Crystal Lake and the Dale Zubko team of Preeceville tied for first place with 48 points. The Gervais team members included Jan Gervais and Bob and Donna Lumley. Team members on the Zubko rink were: Sheldon Luciw, Elaine Meachem and Joanne Boechler.

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The Joe Yacyshyn team of Preeceville with members Darryl Hanson, Mary Pasiechnik and Bonnie Paul placed third with 46 points.

The Bill Foreman rink of Canora placed fourth with 42 points and the Ron Hoehn rink, also of Canora place fifth with 40 points.

Other teams who participated in the daytime curling were skipped by: Larry Dahl, Brian Hubic, Ted Kreklewetz and Sharon Naclia, all of Norquay; Vern Schick of Canora; Ralph Ager, Les Braithwaite, Kevin Cook and Lou Roste, all of Preeceville and the Don Kurulak rink of Sturgis.

“The 15 team entry equalled the most ever in the Preeceville senior bonspiel,” stated Joe Yacyshyn, organizer

All the local curlers were involved in various capacities during the four-day spiel. Yacyshyn was responsible for taking entries and as draw master and recorder. Agnes Dubelt collected the team fees and distributed the prize money. Mary Pasiechnik and Stella Gulka canvassed the local curlers for soup and pies in addition to preparing the sandwiches and setting up workers for the kitchen. Ralph Ager looked after the bar and Sheldon Luciw and Phil Murrin were caretakers with assistance from other individuals.

Bob Lebo organized the 50/50 draws as well as the draw to the button competition.

“Bill Foreman demonstrated his draw to the button skills by drawing (unaided by any sweeping) to cover the pin,” said Yacyshyn. “The Vern Schick team placed first in the team competition by outscoring the other 14 teams. Peter Wiwchar and Gailene Cook won the 50/50 draws.”

“Supporters of the spiel contributed large pots of soups and pies. The club is grateful for those kinds of contributions,” he said.

Activities that continue at the rink include Monday afternoon curling with drop-ins welcomed as new teams are made up every Monday. The Wednesday league has games scheduled and the Thursday two-person league schedule will continue after the open bonspiel, to be held February 2 to 9.

“It is not too early to organize your team and enter in the open bonspiel,” encouraged Yacyshyn.