On Saturday February 10th the club played host to the area’s newest employer, Blue Note Caribou Mines. The crowd was an eclectic mix of well-known faces and new employees. Two four-end games were played with prizes dispensed for all participants. The afternoon was highly social and ended - well, more or less – with a spaghetti supper put on by Pat Maher and her committee. Bathurst Curling Club is glad to welcome, and in some cases, welcome back, the Blue Note employees and to assure them that the club stands ready to provide facilities for any functions they may care to hold, summer or winter, for training courses, meetings or celebrations. The day was excellently organised by Brenda Gallagher and her committee.
In UCT play on February 11th, Van Saulnier defeated Emery LeBlanc, Albert Mazerolle defeated Andy Savoie, Alvin Lavigne defeated Raj Chettiar and Joel Roy defeated John Ferguson. This leaves the standings at John Ferguson in the lead at 9 and 3, Raj Chettiar and Val Saulnier tied at 8 & 4, Alvin Lavigne at 7 & 5, Joel Roy at 5&7, Emery LeBlanc at 4 & 8, Andy Savoie at 3 & 8 and Albert Mazerolle at 3 & 9. The play offs are looming, guys, so you had better bear down!
Also on February 11th the Little Rocks visited Dalhousie for an invitational bonspiel. In all we sent three teams who all did well, two being runners-up in section ‘A’ and one winning section ‘B’. All participants returned with medals. In the ’11 and under’ category the successful teams were that listed as Connor Good, but skipped by Jason Theriault. Besides Connor and Jason the team included Donovan Roy-Lantaigne and Kayla Young-Daigle. The other under 11 team included Nicholas Theriault, Allison Assaf, Kaylee Gauthier and Lacey Sullivan. The ‘under 8’ team consisted of Andrew Theriault, Shayne Sprague, Katy Carrington and a fourth player whose identity escapes me at the moment. Having these teams in play did not prevent the regular Little Rock from going ahead at the club with Mike Kierstead and Rita McGrath organising the day. The youngsters will also be participating in the Provincial Jamboree March 9 and 10.
Monday February 12th saw Omer Fontaine – our team – defeat Terry Giberson, Pat Maher use her last rock to get by Joel Roy, Fred Elhatton beat David Godin, John Ferguson outscored Bob Nicolle, Dale Glendenning downed Paul Laframboise, Andy Savoie overcame Emile Babineau and Marc Imbeault won against Alvin Lavigne.
On Tuesday, February 13th, the afternoon seniors celebrated Valentine’s Day with finger foods and snacks following play. Contact has also been made with the Miramichi seniors about another round of home and home games.
This is my final column for a bit, others will take over for the balance of the season. The next news, from me, will likely end with ‘see you on the tee!’ Thanks for your support and remember to finish the season in style and recruit somebody to bring with you next season when 2008 will see the club will enter its ninety-ninth year!PHOTOS BELOW↓