It seems that I’ve fallen behind again when it comes to results for our club members so let me get caught up.
First, the Thrifty, the January bonspiel that is supposed to celebrate Scottish frugality but always winds up providing a pile of food, pipes and drums, laughs, fine drink, trifle and good curling. It’s really just the entry fee that’s a nod to austerity. Since the results can be found on this web site by clicking on Thrifty under the Bonspiels link, I’ll just mention the First Event final because it featured a bunch of wily veterans — club presidents past and present — against four juniors. Turns out that whole wisdom and experience thing actually does matter sometimes as Don Baird, Bill Peskoff, Maryann Vermeulen, Earle Conrad picked up the win against Brandon Folkes, Cameron Ross, Jeremy Ringler and Matt Ryklin. Thanks again to Tom Orians and Bill MacDonald for running this spiel — it’s no small amount of work.
What else has been happening? Well, we had Plainfield curlers faring well Chesapeake, apparently unfazed by the curiously low ceilings at that club. The results included, at least according to Don Greb, the first appearance by Ed Veltre in an event final while playing skip in a club other than Plainfield. And you thought we weren’t keeping statistics. That sounds like the kind of obscure information only a baseball analyst would provide.
Our juniors appeared to have a great time at a bonspiel at Potomac early in the year. A few of them were foolish enough to give me access to their Facebook pages and I must say it looked like the kind of event I wish I had played in more often when I was a teenager. I should add, however, that the parents have no reason for concern; from the photos I saw, it seemed as though the kids behaved far better than I ever did. If you have young kids just starting to curl, make sure they talk to the group that went down for this event. We also had juniors at a spiel in Cape Cod, where the rink of Bill Reynolds, Tanner Heffner, Julie Greenbaum and Becca Turlip captured the Second Event.
The Club Nationals were at Broomstones a couple of weekends ago. Jason Valetutto’s team of Mark Mooney, Brady Gould and Aaron Dubberley were in every game but found themselves finishing out of the playoffs. Curious line score of the week was a game they had against Jeff Lesuk of Ardsley that saw the PCC crew score a seven when, if I remember correctly, they were down three.
Finally, my own Olympic dreams died at the Challenge Round in Bismarck, North Dakota. A couple of brain freezes — giving up a steal of three in the tenth to lose by one to former national champ Craig Disher being the most bitter pill — kept my team out of Denver and the Olympic Trials. We did play well — beat defending champ Craig Brown — but the week also pointed out the advantages enjoyed by the Midwest teams who had played about four times as many games together as we had.
Remember that PCC’s Nina Reiniger is off to Denver in mid-February with Erika Brown’s rink. If her team continues to play as well as they have all season, they will do very well. I’m not saying anything else because I believe in all manner of jinxes, hexes and curses.
That’s it for now. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some things so send me an email if you think there is an especially heinous omission. The Men’s PCC Stone is the next spiel at our club — March 5th through the 8th.