Congratulations to Team Canada in their victory over the U.S. in the Gordon International Competition that was held March 13th through 15th at Schenectady, Albany and Norfolk Curling Clubs. The Gordon International Competition was first held 130 years ago — on February 8th, 1884 — in Montreal, pitting two rinks from the United States against two from Canada. Thus began a long-standing, friendly rivalry and fellowship between the Canadian Branch of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club and the Grand National Curling Club. Each year, representatives of these curling organizations compete for the Gordon International Medal, originally presented by Mr. Robert Gordon of the St. Andrews Curling Club of New York and the first Patron of the Grand National Curling Club of America. This year’s event boasted forty teams; 20 from the GNCC and 20 from the Canadian Branch of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club. Teams from Adirondack, Cape Cod, Schenectady, Utica, Granite, Nashua, Rochester, Norfolk, TCC, Nutmeg, Potomac, Lake Placid, Albany, Bucks County, and Broomstones represented the GNCC and teams from Ormstown, Canadian Branch, Point Claire, TMR, Lennoxville, Lachine, Hudson Legion, Gordon Comm, Glemore, Royal Montreal, Valleyfield, Prescott, Boucherville, Danville, Baie D’Urfe, Mont Bruno, Lacolle, Brockville, Huntington, and Bedford represented the Canadian Branch of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club. At this year’s event Canada beat the U.S. by a margin of 310 stones to 233 stones.
Two other awards have been added to the Gordon International Competition over the years. In 1968, Addison Hastings of the Ardsley Curling Club presented the first Gordon International Bowl—now the Add Hastings International Bowl—to the Canadian Branch of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club. This award is given annually to the rink on either side that has the largest margin of victory in any single Gordon medal game. In 1988, the James C. Stevens Memorial shield was introduced in memory of Jim Stevens, Canadian Branch curler and Honorary Life Member of the Grand National Curling Club. The shield is awarded to the winner of the Gordon International Friendly games.
Congratulations to all of the Event Winners:
Gordon International Competition
The Gordon International Medal
The Add Hastings International Bowl
Winner: Mont Bruno – John Monroe, Donaid Bourget, Dave Dubois, Normand Gauvean
The James C. Stevens Memorial
Winner: Glenmore – Skip Greg Sleno and rink
Highest one-game score by a Canadian rink
Winner: Bedford – Bob Grevatt, Jacques Marziali, Pierre Marziali, Jacques Pelletier
Highest one-game score by a U.S. rink
Winner: Albany – Ed Springstead, Steve Ryder, Bill Koniowka, Mike O’Neill
Highest two-game score by a Canadian rink
Winner: Boucherville – Serge Sirois, Michel Castongury, Luc Mansean, Andre Guilbeault
Highest two-game score by a U.S. rink
Winner: Utica 1 – Brian Moore, Tom Clark, Roger Rowlette, Dan Stuhlman
Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to all of the participants who traveled far and wide to attend this event! Thank you also to Albany and Norfolk curling clubs for co-hosting this event with us!