CANORA - At the Canora Senior Bonspiel held from Jan. 16-19 at the Sylvia Fedoruk Centre, Canora teams dominated the top of the standings by claiming the top three positions.
Organizer Vern Schick said local teams may have had somewhat of an advantage heading into the event.
“We’ve been on the ice the last two years when some other towns weren’t,” explained Schick. “Home ice helps too, especially on the first day of the bonspiel.”
Schick said it was a very successful event, with 16 teams taking part in the Brandon Draw format. Each team played five games, six ends each, and attempted to maximize their point totals. Four points were awarded for a win, two points for a tie, two points for each end won, and zero points for a blank end.
The Canora rink skipped by Bob Kolodziejski finished first with 62 points, including a perfect game where they won all six ends for a total of 16 points. Other members of the winning foursome were: Darryl Stevenson (third), Robin Ludba (second) and Vickie Pederson (lead).
Second place went to the Canora team skipped by Peter Wiwchar with 54 points, and Don Probe’s Canora rink placed third with 50 points.
Other rinks foursomes taking part in the bonspiel included: Bill Foreman and Ernie Gazdewich of Canora; Tom Foster, Joy Hubic and Bob Lumley of Norquay; Joyce Maclean, Gerald Reesker and Scott Sears of Kamsack; Ivan Peterson of Sturgis; Kalvin Warner of Springside; Laird Gervais of Crystal Lake; David Zbeetnoff of Yorkton; and the Ross Tressel rink of Yorkton, Melville and Canora.
A number of other awards were handed out at the banquet held after the final draw.
Larry Dahl of Norquay was the winner of the button draw, with Laird Gervais of Crystal Lake placing second.
In addition to finishing second in the bonspiel, Peter Wiwchar’s rink also won the team draw, ahead of the runner-up Tom Foster rink of Norquay.
The most experienced team, with the highest combined age, was the Joyce Maclean rink of Kamsack. The Rookie Rink award went to the Scott Sears foursome, also of Kamsack.
The Kalvin Warner rink of Springside took home the award for the most sportsmanlike team.