The Cloverdale Curling Club wound up its annual opening Cashspiel the weekend of Sept. 16-18. This is always a popular ‘spiel on the competitive circuit because it is the earliest scheduled competitive bonspiel and many of the teams were eager to get the season going.
This year the club saw entries from: Yukon, Vancouver Island, Kelowna, Kamloops and the Lower Mainland. Also entering for the first time were two teams from Arizona. Yes, there is a curling club in Phoenix! Washington State also saw two of its Seattle teams compete. The Men’s field was rounded out by the national team champion from China –Team China. This is the same team that advanced to the final 4 at the 2015 World Championships.
After two days of round robin competition, the final four came down to Team Hudyma (Vancouver Island) and Team Gushulak (Royal City) from the Ladies. Gushulak scored the win in a decisive seven tilt. The Men’s final saw Team Cseke (Lower Mainland) take on Team China with China prevailing in 8 ends.
League play has commenced at the club with play seven days a week.
There is still room to register a team or as an individual as there are various openings in many of the different leagues and programs. Check out he website at: www.cloverdalecurlingclub.ca or call the club at: 604-574-4483.
– Contributed by Gary McLaughlin