Janelle Burton looked to find the dot with this throw at the 25th Annual Eckville Oilmen’s Curling Bonspiel.

Oilmens Mixes Curling Bonspiel Celebrates 50th year

The Eckville Curling Rink was home to the 50th anniversary of the Oilmen’s Mixed Curling Bonspiel on January 27-29

The Eckville Curling Rink was home to the 50th anniversary of the Oilmen’s Mixed Curling Bonspiel on January 27-29

Thirty-two teams competed over the course of three days to be forever etched into the history of the Eckville Curling Rink.

The team Medicine Valley Transport skipped by Chris Anderson won the A division; Blender Oilfield skipped by Wes Hawkings won the B division; and Newalta skipped by Gary Meyer won the C division.

Justin Cadrain previously told the Eckville Echo how much he enjoys this Bonspiel.

“The curling is always good competition,” he said. “There are lots of people that you meet or only see once a year so it’s kind of neat to get back in touch with them.”

The event is a mixed bonspiel meaning anyone can throw rocks together and all proceeds go to support the rink in Eckville.

“There were lots of people here that were willing to support us because this is the biggest fundraiser for the whole curling club. We did alright and brought some money in to keep the doors open,” said Cadrain. He explained another of the main highlights is the camaraderie of this bonspiel, which sees all the teams intermingling in the lounge between games.

Next up for the curling rink is the Ladies Bonspiel, which is still looking to register teams for the February 10-11 event.

Organizer Laura Howatt said, “This year we are looking to get 16 teams. Last year we had eight teams, so we want a few more this year.”

If you would like to register for the event, you can contact Howatt at 403 597 0517. If you would like more information about the Eckville Curling Rink you can email them at eckvillecurlingclub@live.ca



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