Calder Cup, November 30-December 2
Due to the tragic arson that destroyed the Norfolk Curling Club a few weeks after last year's Calder Cup, the Nutmeg Curling Club in Bridgeport, CT stepped up to host this season. Proceeds of the bonspiel supported Norfolk's rebuilding efforts, which are on track to see the next Calder Cup back in Norfolk! To support the cause, please visit www.RockNorfolk.com.
16 teams competed in the event, representing 11 GNCC clubs. Schenectady's Team Brown, with Charlie Brown (skip), Dion Warr (vice), Dan Machold (2nd), and Scott Brennan (lead), won the Darrell Russ Sap Bucket (C event). Charlie, Dan, and Scott won the Calder last year along with Rich Gonyeau, so this was pretty much a defending rink. Their first games did not go well and they fell to Gert Messing's Ardsley/Plainfield rink, who just won the Achilles bonspiel, and George Austin's team from the New York Caledonian Club.
Once they landed in the 3rd event, they defeated Cape Cod's Paul Mort and Norfolk's Terry Olsen to advance to the finals where they had a rematch against Team Messing. The outcome this time was different with Brown winning by 4.
The ice, competition, and food were excellent and a big thank you to Nutmeg for hosting. Check out the draw and roster for the event.
USWCA Senior Women's Bonspiel, November 28-December 2
Team Szymaszek competed in the 31st Annual United States Women's Curling Association (USWCA) National Senior Bonspiel at the Mayfield Curling Club in South Euclid, OH. This exciting event started November 28 and ran through Sunday, December 2. Dorothy Szymaszek skipped her team of Charlene Fitzgerald, Lorraine Waybourn (of Broomstones) and Alice Rubin. Team Szymaszek was one of eight rinks representing the East with sixteen other teams from the West, Wisconsin, and Central areas.
They won their first game on Thursday at 2:30pm against the Cairn Lassies of St. Paul. On Friday, they lost to Philadelphia in the last end. They were down one without the hammer and though they had three in the house bunched together the Philly skip made a great shot to knock them out to win. Great game! Team Szymaszek won a 2nd game 16-1 and then lost out in their final match to finish out of the finals.
Good showing ladies!
Check out our prior stories from the road:
SCC Results from the Road (11/28/2012)
RPI Wins RIT College Bonspiel
SCC Results from the Road (11/9/2012)
Elliott Wins C Event at Big Pumpkin
SCC Results from the Road (10/8/2012)