Sandra Coldwell pushes the rock during the ladies bonspiel in 100 Mile House on March 3. Brendan Kyle Jure photo.

100 House House team wins ladies bonspiel on home rink

Team Hamilton win the A final and another home team win’s C final.

The 100 Mile House Curling Club hosted their annual ladies’ bonspiel over the March 3 weekend, with the finals on March 4.

“It went very well, we had 13 teams,” said Joanne Doddridge, president of the club. “It was great. A lot of people attended just to watch some of the games. We think there was some excitement riding on the coattails of the Olympics.”

The teams were from 100 Mile House, Lillooet, Kamloops, Clearwater and Quesnel.

100 Mile House-based Team (Maria) Hamilton won the ‘A’ final. Team Young won the ‘B’ final and the ‘C’ final saw Team Knapp victorious.

Maria Hamilton also won a bonspiel in Clearwater with a different team the weekend prior.

“Maria is on a real hot-streak and she’s just winning, winning and winning,” said Doddridge, who was on Team Knapp. “We had a little bit of an injury, actually I was the one who had the injury. So we picked up somebody to help spare for a couple of games.”

Tanya Hammerstron who played third also missed a few games, resulting in an interesting weekend for the team where Shannon Knapp, Doddridge and Hammerston found themselves playing in the role of skip.

“This event in 100 Mile is well-known for being very fun. We always have a theme, where a lot of the ladies dress with the theme,” said Doddridge. “The ladies really take it as a weekend to have a good time and curl and enjoy each other’s company.”

The theme this year was plaid. The participants vote on ideas and the runner-up was a beach party, which will be next year’s subject.

Doddridge said she hopes the 2018 Olympics curling events bring in some interest to the club, particular in mixed-doubles, which the club is hoping to start a league for next season and are hosting a free clinic for people interested in trying it out on March 17.

“This is a good way for people to come out and try it,” she said. “Our Canadian team won the gold in the mixed doubles at the Olympics so we’re going to give it a try and see if 100 Mile folks are interested in trying.”

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