The kids are alright.
From Irene Creally comes word Qualicum and District Curling Club was well represented at the Nanaimo Jr. Bonspiel recently, as the local boys team took first in their division, and the girls named most sportsmanlike in theirs.
According to Creally, the boys team of Trevor Bridger, Jackson Marshall, Ben Meldrum and Tyler Forbes won three of their four games to clinch top spot (and the hardware) in the five-team Novice Division at the big annual bonspiel, played out Nov. 5 and 6.
The girls team, made up of Christine Patterson, Emma Lamperson, Lauren McIntosh and Emily Smith, won the Ken Medland Most Sportsmanlike Trophy in the competitive division where they placed sixth, “but gained valuable curling experience playing more seasoned teams.”
Both teams hone their skills in QDCC’s Thursday night youth league, which has grown to 28 players strong.
“We have a bunch of eager kids; great kids out having fun learning the game,” said Creally, a longtime player and booster of the club.
It was the first time the boys team had competed together has a team “so they were pretty excited; very pleased to finish first.”
Any local teens interested in trying their hand at curling are welcome to drop by the rink or call Irene at 250-752-0143.
The boys next outing will be Sunday night at QBDCC in the newly formed Sunday “Open” League. Both teams alternate evenings in this league playing either a mixed or a men’s team.
The girls will be up-Island on Sunday with games against host Campbell River and Comox in the Vancouver Island Youth Development League.
The next Junior bonspiel will be held at QDCC Dec. 3.