MCA Bonspiel, Jan 17-20 2013

Feb 6, 2013

Well another year went by with no victories for the Taverner CC Curling Team however the games are getting a little closer and we can actually score points on our own without needing lots of assistance from the opposition. Again we made new friends and met old ones…we seem to be quite popular in our whites and the most expensive curling broom in the world!!

Our first game was out in Springfield but then luckily the rest were within the city. We had a good turnout to watch games so thanks for those brave, maybe foolish, souls who ventured out in cold, snowy weather to support the curlers.

We had a number of ‘firsts’ this past Bonspiel – our first blanked end (that is where no-one scores a point) & we also had two measures (where they bring out a big stainless steel thing that sits on the ice and has a delicate measuring thingy on it) to decide who’s rock was closest when there is doubt…I think we won both!!

Should you like to see Taverners CC Curling team mentioned in a best selling book go out and buy ‘King of the Rings’ by Sean Grassie. This is a history of the MCA Bonspiel, that this year celebrated it’s 125 anniversary, and the ‘cricket team is prominently featured with a full page photo of the ‘originals’ (Philip, Sid, Jon P, Neil & Keith J) and a mentionin the prologue…we are famous!!

Plans are afoot for our entry into the next MCA Bonspiel in 2014!!!


Here is the team info for the various draws in the MCA Bonspiel…those in bold are the Skip for that game…NO ARGUMENTS!!

The first game is at Springfield Curling Club…other games the location not known till about 2 hours after end of game.

Thursday, Jan 17th – 6pm … Philip, Ray, Nigel, Keith

Friday, Jan 18th – 9am ….Ray, Philip, Nigel, Keith

3pm …. Keith, Philip, Ray, David H

9pm …. Nigel, Ali, Rene, David H

Sat, Jan 19th… 12pm… Ali, Philip, Sid, Nigel (if not going to hockey)

6pm… Ali, Karran, Rene, Sammy (?), Martin

Watch this space for updated info on Taverners Curling progress and results…

Wednesday Jan 9 meeting at the Fox

A good turnout for the first official Wednesday meeting this year attended at the Fox.

A notable absentee, who had asked on Monday when the next practice or meeting was, was Dr C Emery. Guess travel planning took precedence over drinks with the boys…

Anil was spotted for about 10 mins and then he got up and left – leaving behind a good half pint of beer. But it wasn’t wasted- Sid made sure of that. But you can be sure that points will be deducted from his tally in the Betty Munro-Smith trophy.

Karl is planning a ‘cook-out’ (not a BBQ or hangi or similar term) this summer at his place where the Taverners will cook for their spouses or significant others. He was seen in the lobby of the Fox negotiating with his personal supplier for a lamb that will be the featured item on the menu. The Kiwi’s on the team will be providing vegemite sandwiches as there contribution..

Talking of lamb…Martin and Ali decided to order a lamb and take 1/2 each but Martin only wants a ‘ram lamb’…

The last Friday of February will be Poker nite at Martins place on his return from a week in Varadero, Cuba.

Was good to see Sammy again – it appears that he will be having a surprise birthday party for himself on March 1 – watch for the email invite.

Curling talk – we will know on Saturday what the draws will be. Info will be emailed so that you will know when the Taverners will be curling..we will know where the first game is – after that will depend on our win  – loss record.

It appears that we will be going to Brandon early in April for the Westman Indoor Tournament playing one game on Saturday and 1 on Sunday. Details to be confirmed later…

We may rent out some of our practice time at JB Russel School in order to fund some of our activities and allow some of the other teams to try and achieve the greatness of the Taverners…