Wheelin’ and Spielin’ on ice

Ladies hit the sheets in annual Wheel 'n Spiel tournament.

Skip Lindsay Bentley delivers the rock as Jennifer Woollends lead, Alice Grant second prepare to follow it down in the opening rounds of last Saturday’s Wheel ‘n Spiel.

Skip Lindsay Bentley delivers the rock as Jennifer Woollends lead, Alice Grant second prepare to follow it down in the opening rounds of last Saturday’s Wheel ‘n Spiel.

The Quesnel Ladies Curling Club hosted their 53rd annual Wheel ‘n Spiel bonspiel, Jan. 25 – 27.

Twenty-nine teams entered the locally sponsored event, including five of out of town teams, most returning year after year for the fun event.

The action started Friday night with the close, tense three final games played 2 p.m., Sunday.

Bragging rights went to the Crystal Haller rink, beating out the Lori Warwyk team to win the A event.

The game was tied after four ends of play, with Haller pulling ahead in the next four ends, clinching the win 7-4.

Crystal and third, Debbie MacKenzie, both from Quesnel, and second, Brenda Philpot and lead, Taya Silver, both from Vanderhoof, have been playing as a team in the bonspiel for the last three years.

After coming close twice, being narrowly defeated by the Carol Thatcher rink in 2011 and the Terry Shpak rink in 2012, finally made the win.

Philpot and Silver really enjoy coming to Quesnel for the annual bonspiel. Playing for Warwyk was second, Linda Hanson and lead, Cindy Nikirk.

The B event was won by the Lori Freeman rink, all of Quesnel.

Freeman and her team mates, third Sherry Needham, second Carly Backer and lead Ang Curle, were down two after four ends of play, but picked up three in the fifth end, stealing one in the sixth and two in the seventh, beating out the Brenda Ernst rink, 7-4.

On Ernst’s rink were third Gay Carter, second Bonnie May and lead Katie Molloy.

The C event  went to the Trudy Bentley rink, beating Doris Williamson’s rink, 7-6.

Bentley was ahead 5-0 after four ends, but Williamson picked up one in the fifth end and a steal of four in the sixth to tie the game.

However, Trudy came back with two in the seventh and won the game.

Playing with Bentley were, third Linda Sales, second Marlene Brunt and lead Gail Inglis.

Williamson’s team mates were, third Jill Walker, second Diane Sanderson and lead Carol Mankowske.

Friday night was appy night and Saturday night saw prizes, a great dinner prepared by TJ Concession, a show put on by our local ‘Dream Girls’, a costume contest and dancing.

More than $3000 in prizes were given out to the winners following the final game.

For more pictures and news from the Quesnel Curling Rink you can ‘like’ them on Facebook.

Quesnel Cariboo Observer

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