“Viva Las Vegas” was the theme for the Comox Valley Curling Club Ladies Open Bonspiel, held from March 2-4. Lots of Friday
night activities along with curling created a fun loving time for all the participating 32 teams. Nine out-of-town teams travelled to
the Valley from Port Alberni, Campbell River, Nanaimo and one from as far away as Calgary.
The Saturday night ‘bling ball’ saw the ‘Vegas’ headliner Amanda Usher sing her heart out. The show stealer, though, was the
purple tutu’d Fran Robinson team who entertained the gals with their Swan Lake ballet rendition of Cirque du Sore Legs.
Imaginations went wild with an array of great team costumes depicting the theme ‘Bling it Up and Bling it Down to Viva Las
Vegas’. The golden rule ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’ was also strictly adhered to during the bonspiel (really, it was).
Of the 32 teams who curled their hearts out, 16 made a trip to the prize table to claim their prize from ﬁrst to fourth of the four events.
The ‘A’ cvent sponsored by Lana Ferguson of Vista Bay Mortgage saw two local teams vie for the ﬁrst place prize with Lindsay
Sparkes skipping her team of third Colleen Robson, second Kathy Branch and lead Mare Michell to beat out the Nancy Riva
team. Third place went to the Alison Watt team and fourth to the Sharon Meeres team.
J.R. Edgett Excavating sponsored the ‘B’ event where another local team skipped by Deb Goodwin with third Lonnie Schopp, second
Kim Jonsson and lead Lori Ross defeated the Marg Walker team from Campbell River in a very close race to the ﬁnish. Third place
was claimed by Carol Tromans from Nanaimo and fourth to the local Kari Alberti team.
Kirk Campbell of Investors Group sponsored the ‘C’ event. Val Schultz made her skipping debut with teammates third Melaine
Rait, second Lee Anne Alberti and lead Terra Moore to a win over the Lana Feguson team. Third place went to the Cindy Brown
team and fourth to the Sue Taylor team.
Kim Jonsson of Shearlocks Family Hair Care sponsored the ‘D’ event which was won by the lively Port Alberni team skipped by
Penny Matthews with third Krista Rose, second, Sandy Forbes and lead Denise Olsen over the Jenna Bristol team. The Amber
Dufour team battled for third place and the Barb Dixson team hung in for fourth.
The generous support of the local businesses helped make this bonspiel a resounding success and a huge thank you is extended to:
Always Invited Event Rentals, Canadian Tire, Costco, Home Depot, Kingﬁsher Resort and Spa, Comox Golf Club, Crown Isle
Golf Club, Glacier Greens Golf Club, Mulligan’s Golf Club, Arrowsmith Golf Club, Myrtle Point Golf Club, Qualicum Beach
Golf Club, Storey Creek Golf Club; and Lil Johns Sign Shop, Sherwood Park, Alberta.
“Kudos to Brenda MacPherson and Amber Dufour of the Bonspiel Committee who have worked tirelessly for months, the
volunteers from the Men’s League, the Draw Master Jack Holden as well as to Mark’s Catering, Brent and his ice making staff,
Jill and helpers at the bar and especially the members of the ladies league who offered their support. Great ‘spiel and great fun!” an event spokesperson said.
– Comox Valley Curling Club