The curling season is a long one — it starts in October and goes until March — some years have lots of bonspiels throughout, others have more of a slower build. For the Fort St. John Curling Club, the 2019-20 season has definitely been the latter. The Club had the Oilmen's and Fort St. John Cash Spiels before Christmas, but otherwise curling has been steady, with four league nights a week and the odd Friday night social.
February has been a different beast. The club held its annual men's and women's bonspiels last week. 19 teams competed in total. Erin Wuthrich's team took the A division, Joanne Gareau's team took the B, and Deanne Busche skipped the C champions.
"We were hoping for more teams last weekend but we were happy with what he had. The season started off slow but things have really picked up since January and we're very excited about the next couple weeks," said Curling Club GM Trudy Mitchell.
This week the club is host to the 2020 Mukluk Bonspiel, where a mix of men's, women's, and mixed teams will battle it out as part of the High On Ice Festival. Currently 10 teams are signed up but there may be more by the time curling begins on Friday night.
The third bonspiel of this three-week run begings February 21, and goes through to February 23. That, of course, is the B.C. Winter Games Curling Tournament, featuring the best eight boys teams and best eight girls teams from the province. Since Fort St. John curls under the Curl Ablerta umbrella, they weren't eligible to enter a team. Still, Mitchell thinks the event will be incredibly exciting and great for fans to watch,
"We can't wait. A lot has gone in to putting this on and it will be great competition and I encourage anyone interested to come watch throughout the weekend," Mitchell said.
After that, the season will wind down, with ice being taken out on March 19. Until then, head out to the rink and appreciate both the excellent curling and hard work that goes in to putting on these events.
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