‘Spiel to draw ice looky-loos

Curling legend remembered in presentation of new trophy at event

Heaping helpings of exciting action is on the menu down at Parksville Curling Club this weekend, as 24 teams take to the ice for the Thrifty Foods Men’s Bonspiel.

“It’s always a lot fun,” said chair John Milroy, adding, “one of the cool things is that (PCC) is the host of the BC Men’s Curling Championships in February, so we have a number of really competitive teams that are coming to check out the ice. Some of these teams will be back in February, so the finals will be very exciting and promise to showcase some great curling.”

The bonspiel kicks off today (Friday) with the first draw at 3 p.m.; there are draws all day Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m. and running through into the evening. All four finals get underway at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

“The other neat thing about this year is that Bonspiel organizers and myself are proud to be presenting the newly dedicated Bob Hawkes Memorial Trophy to the A Event Champions,” Milroy explained.

Bob Hawkes was a curling legend in these parts lost to cancer last year.

“It’s a big deal for a lot of us because he, and his wife Judy, did so much for our club and contributed so much to curling for so many years,” said John.

There will be 50/50 draws ongoing, the kitchen will be open and there is a big BBQ banquet Saturday night.