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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chapleau Curling Club 1971 season headed by president Ed McCarthy ended with 'zest' as Charlie Law rink won final bonspiel

Ed McCarthy, president of the Chapleau Curling Club in 1971, said the season got off to a shaky start but it ended with a lot of good curling and fellowship.

The Chapleau Sentinel reported that the final bonspiel saw 16 rinks in action battling it out for top honours. Charlie Law who had been "threatening" all season emerged as the winner of the "A" Event following a "fierce battle' with the David Bromley rink.

Charlie had Janet McCarthy as third, Bill Ward as second and Mae Ward as lead. David put up a good fight with Marianne Crichton as third, George Boyd as second and Mona Rioux as lead.

In the "B" Event another "ding dong" battle saw Bill Bromley the skip, and members Marcel Labelle, Anita Deluce and Millie Labelle pull out a close win over Fred Johnson and his rink of Sandra Schultz, Rodney McAuley and Irene Johnson.

The "C" Event was another well contested game which was won by the George McLeod rink. Members were Phyllis O'Riley (to become Phyllis McLeod a bit later) and Ed McLeod and Penny Park.

They all helped George defeat a rink skipped by Peewee Rioux, who had great help from Freda Rioux and Jim and Dianne Collings.

The Sentinel noted that in the finals of all three events there "many incidents of interest to liven up the contests with a six ender along with a couple of five enders helped the games onto an even keel when it seemed like a runaway was in progress".

Apparently it happened in each of the final games and added "zest" to them. A social and dance ended the final bonspiel.

However, a couple of weeks earlier Peewee Rioux and his rink won the First Event in the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 5 annual Shamrock Bonspiel. They were awarded a trophy by Ray Bradley of Molson's, as well as jackets.

I sent a note to Mario Lafreniere of the Chapleau Express with this column about the wonders of technology, commenting that I put this one together while enjoying sunny Orlando, FL, and picked curling in Chapleau as the topic. Thanks Doug Greig for Chapleau Sentinel. My email is mj.morris@live.ca

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