Twelve teams of 46 women ruled the rink last Saturday, laughing and yelling at the top of their lungs at the annual Melita Ladies Bonspiel. The Bonspiel, held every March, is an annual ritual, bringing in registrants from out of town and province. Volunteers schedule three, 4-end games, followed by a banquet, draws and a silent auction.
Val Dobbyn, who organized the event, spoke about this. “We have a couple of rinks from Reston and three from Gainsborough, and the rest are from Melita ”.
“It’s just a fun day”, smiles Dobbyn.
Although there is no Ladies Curling League in Melita anymore, the lack of members doesn’t stop the event or its success.
“It is very good; a lot of towns struggle to get eight teams”, says Dobbyn.
Dobbyn goes on to say, “There’s not very many ladies in the Melita club, so we have two ladies rinks that curl in the mixed league. I don’t know... Everybody is busy with their kids in other stuff so they just kind of quit for a while. Maybe they’ll come back, eventually.”
Undoubtedly, local businesses are also the reason behind the event’s success.
“Our businesses donate so much. It’s very good support from the businesses for our prizes”, Dobbyn states.
After a day of fun and lots of laughs, the foursome of Judy Lochhead, Marilee Smeltz, Alana Vansteelandt and Donna Cochrane accumulated the most points giving them first pick of the numerous prizes.