South Island Club Challenge

 

Glen Meadows Shines at the South Island Club Challenge in Nanaimo!

All kinds of curling happening ..... 

around us right now right? The Victoria Curling Classic, the Ford Men’s Worlds here in Victoria, the Women’s Worlds in Latvia – whew it is exhausting just trying to keep up with it all. SO, you might have missed the really big event and that is why I am here typing this up for you. Did you know we had two teams from Glen Meadows qualify and play in the South Island Club Challenge this weekend at the Nanaimo Curling Club? Well we did! By elimination from amongst our best Men’s and Women’s teams we were ably represented by:

 

GM Men Gold

- from the Monday night Men’s league: TEAM WILSON consisting of L to R  Mark Dodd (lead), Will Gage (2nd),  Grant Marshall (3rd) and Lynn Wilson (skip)

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- from the Tuesday night Ladies’ league: TEAM BYERS consisting of Gaylene Byers (skip), Jenny Beasley (3rd), Christine Grist (2nd) and Renee Alexander (lead).

 

The South Island Club Challenge pitted 8 Men’s and Women’s teams against one another, representing the South Island area curling clubs from Victoria CC, Esquimalt CC, Juan De Fuca CC, Kerry Park CC, Duncan CC, Nanaimo CC, Cowichan Rocks CC and our own Glen Meadows CC. After a three day tournament, out of all those teams represented, both Glen Meadows’ men’s and women’s teams were in the final playoff Gold medal games. Incredible! And ...., the women’s team brought home the Silver medal and the men’s team the Gold medal. Congratulations to the Wilson Team (Men’s) for their Gold win and the Byers Team (Ladies) for their Silver win.

 

Team Wilson upset the spiel favourite in today’s final with a tie in the 8th and a steal in an extra end. They will now go on to compete in the Pacific International Cup April 17th held at the Richmond Curling Center. Australia and New Zealand head up the men's teams that will compete in this 2013 event April 17 to 21 at the Richmond Curling Center on the Mainland. Entries from Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington will also compete against teams from B.C. and the Yukon. The top ranking team from BC will then go on to compete in Canada’s Dominion Cup.

 

Team Byers lost the Gold medal game by a minute measure in the 8th end; the measure was simply millimeters between the Gold and the Silver. This group of Mom’s had tons of support in the fans watching the game, all imported in car seats all the way from Victoria to Nanaimo to watch their heroes on the ice. Well done Moms, well done Ladies!

 

Speaking of support, your Glen Meadows Curling Association (GMCA) provided a small amount of financial assistance to offset our representatives in this event. Both the Men’s and Women’s teams wish to thank you and the GMCA for providing the entrance fees as well as the additional support towards travel expenses.

 

Congratulations Lynn Wilson, Grant Marshall, Will Gage and Mark Dodd; and Gaylene Byers, Jenny Beasley, Christine Gist and Renee Alexander. You represented Glen Meadows exceptionally well and we are proud of you.

 

Dan Eakins,

Sec GMCA

 

.... and, most importantly,  kind words from Denise Wood, Manager, the Nanaimo Curling Club:

 

"Glen Meadows Men won over Duncan Men in an extra end Glen Meadows Women lost the final on a close measure (as you know) in the 8th end. Very exciting final games. Your representatives were all very gracious and the epitome of great sportsmanship; it was a pleasure to get to know them a little bit.

 

Cheers,  Denise Wood "

 

 

 

 

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