Skip Colin Shpak sends a rock down the ice with the aid of teammates Curtis Sand and Brian Bush at the Sponsor League finals.                                Ken Alexander photo

Skip Colin Shpak sends a rock down the ice with the aid of teammates Curtis Sand and Brian Bush at the Sponsor League finals. Ken Alexander photo

Colin Shpak’s Quesnel Lawn Care rink won Sponsor Curling League

Teams very competitive and most rinks were within a few points of each other

The Quesnel Curling Club’s Wednesday Night Sponsor League finished with a triple round-robin and it went down to the final games on March 24.

Going into the final game of the round-robin most team’s records were very close.

Colin Shpak’s Quesnel Lawn Care was at nine wins, six loses and two ties (9-6-2), followed by Ray Blackmore’s Century 21 at 9-7-1 and Dave Plant’s Service Electric at 9-8-1.

A win by any team and losses by the other two would clinch the league bragging rights.

Otherwise it would go by win/loss records, which was the case this year when both Shpak and Blackmore won their final games; however, Shpak had the best overall record.

Service Electric finished in third at 9-9-1.

Billy Barker Casino (skip Brady Waffle) and Child Development Centre (skip Ben Ruether) tied for fourth and fifth at 8-8-2.

Sky-Hi Scaffolding (skip Blair Hedden) finished sixth at 8-9-1.

Karin’s Deli & Health Foods (skip Lori Freeman) finished seventh at (5-12-1).

At the beginning of the season, each team sponsor put $400 goes into a pot, and depending on the number of teams, divided the money into how much money each win was worth.

With seven teams this year, each game winner received $44, and if there was a tie, the two teams got $22.

Plant, who is the Quesnel Curling Club’s manager, says it’s ideal if the sponsor league has eight teams, and another team is coming in next year.

“Then you can have playoffs, so we can really identify a league winner.”

Plant notes the quality of curling was good this year.

“As you can see from the records, the play is pretty even from the top team winning 10 games and the lower end team winning five.

“Any team can win on any given night. It’s really just club curling, but most of the teams are very competitive….”