Love was in the air as 19 curling teams descended upon the Quesnel Curling Club to compete in the annual Valentine’s Mixed Bonspiel Feb. 14-16.
By the last day of the weekend tournament, the competitions had been whittled down to six teams, each love-struck for the game and vying for the win in the “A,” “B” and “C” finals.
The “A” finals saw Team Needham take on Team Blackmore for all the glory, and this matchup of talented teams would not disappoint.
Team Blackmore came out ready to play, scoring one in the first. Team Needham blanked the second but came back with one in the third and fourth ends, taking a slight 2-1 lead into the fifth. However, the Blackmore squad wasn’t about to let its opponents run away with the game and scored two in the fifth to take its second lead of the game.
The sixth end saw yet another lead change, as Team Blackmore missed an open hit, leaving the door open for Team Needham to score two and pull ahead 4-3.
Team Needham was able to steal one in the seventh and held Blackmore to one in the eighth, winning a real nail-biter 5-4 to be crowned champions.
Team Needham is made up of skip Dave Needham, third Shari Needham, second Justin Nillson and lead Wendy Needham.
Dave Needham lauded the play of his teammates and the quality of the event and competition.
“The front end played really well on our team, and it was our first time ever winning the ‘A’ event so we are pretty excited,” he said. “The tournament was really well organized, we had a great meal done by Craig’s Table, good music and everyone had a lot of fun.”
The “B” final saw Team Plant taking on Team Bernard. Both teams hit the ice determined to take home the win, and the match was tied 2-2 after three. Team Plant missed a double in the fourth, leaving Team Bernard with a free draw for three, but their rock came up heavy and they settled for two, taking the lead 4-2.
It was all Team Plant after that, as they scored three in the fifth, stole three in the sixth and one in the seventh, taking the lead 9-4 and shaking hands with Team Bernard after seven ends.
The “C” final saw Team Heddin and Team Yamamoto hit the ice in a high-scoring battle early on. Team Heddin shocked the crowd with a big score of five in the second end. Not to be outdone, Team Yamamoto scored four of their own in the third to cut the lead down to one. The two teams traded points back and forth, with Team Heddin holding onto a 7-6 lead heading into the eighth. Team Heddin wouldn’t be denied and would win the final 9-6.
Up next for Quesnel curlers will be the St. Patrick’s Day Bonspiel hosted by the Quesnel Curling Club March 13-15.