Ask any experienced curler to name their favorite aspect of the sport and they’ll probably reply, “Bonspiels.” Whether it’s a social event or a competitive spiel with cash on the line, they bring out the best aspects of this beautiful game. If you’re a new curler who hasn’t been to a bonspiel yet and you’d like to play in one, make sure the experienced players at our club know you’re interested. Every event has its own flavor and personality but all serve to remind us that the curling community is a rich one.
I’m going to be posting the results of PCC curlers on this site throughout the year. If you play in a bonspiel that’s not in our club, send me an email and tell me how you did once you get back.
Here are some of the pre-Thanksgiving activities of our fellow club members.
Jason Valetutto and his rink of Mark Mooney, Brady Gould and Aaron Dubberley won the Fifth Event at The Achilles in Schenecatady. Bill Peskoff also played in this bonspiel as a member of the Scott Edie rink. Bill’s seniors team, also with Scott Edie skipping, won the Inaugural Bonspiel at Potomac in mid-October.
Some of our junior curlers were in a bonspiel at Broomstones in Wayland, MA in mid-November. Thomas Howell, playing with Korey Dropkin, Andrew Glaser and David Wadsworth of Broomstones, won the First Event. The team of Brandon Folkes, Jeremy Ringler, Cameron Ross and Matt Ryklin — all from PCC — was runner-up in the Second Event. The PCC junior girls — Brandi Arsenault, Erica Seng, Julie Greenebaum and Rebecca Turlip — were eliminated in the second round of the Second Event.
Nina Reiniger is playing second on five-time U.S. Champion Erika Brown’s team this season. They’ve had a terrific season on the Asham World Curling Tour, winning $10,000 and climbing to the #16 ranking. They qualified (in cash spiel lingo, that means they made the playoffs and won some money) at the Southwestern Ontario Women’s Charity Cashspiel in London, losing 7-5 in the semi-finals to last year’s world runner-up, Bingyu Wang of China. They had a hiccup in Duluth where they failed to qualify before qualifying again in the semi-finals of the very competitive Sun Life Financial event in Brantford, Ontario. In that one, they lost in the semi-final to eventual champ Marie-France Larouche of Quebec. Based on this year’s World Curling Tour results, they are currently the top team in the United States.
At The Harvest in Philadelphia, John DeJong and his team of Karen DeJong, Peter DeJong (Ardsley) and Elizabeth DeJong won the Third Event. Bob Fox and his team of Andrea Stepnosky, Paul Graebener and Louisa Bartok, playing under the LBI banner, finished runner-up in the Second Event. PCC members Robin Kerr and Sue Lindsay were part of a team that won the Fourth Event.
Finally, I’m part of a team that qualified and lost in the semi-finals at the Money Concepts Skins in Ottawa in November. It’s an Ontario Curling Tour event. Our team has Matt Hames of Buffalo at skip, former PCC member Matt Mielke at third, Ardsley’s Bill Stopera at second and yours truly at lead.
— Dean Gemmell