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Dateline Cowichan: Duncan curling club prepares to go it alone
If you can remember that the curling rink was once on James Street, then you probably recall that in October 1965, the future of valley curling looked uncertain.
The struggling rink had been purchased by Karm Singh and associates for $48,000, $1,000 more than Duncan Curling Club’s offer that had been rejected by shareholders of Cowichan Cooperative Curling Association. As the lease on the building had been signed by the club for the coming season, the club would continue its normal use of the premises.
However, on the heels of the announcement of the sale of the arena to the private group of shareholders, the curling club, the rink’s tenant since the rink opened in 1952, decided they would construct their own facility.
Club members offered to contribute to the cost of building on land purchased that year on Sherman Road and cleared by Ellison Excavating.
Dr. Peter Postuk was in charge of drawings for the building, and Ken Brownsey served as construction chairman. The executive of the club at the time was Al Taylor, president; Clayton Wright, vice president; Don McCool, director; Dr. Mel Smith, chairman of finance; Vera Wilson, secretary-treasurer.
Although Derek Hyde-Lay converted a Cowichan try, he narrowly missed on two penalty attempts in the first half against James Bay, resulting in an 11-5 win for the visitors at Wharncliffe Park. Rose, Booth and Irving were sidelined with injuries.
Coach Tom Yano said he was pleased with the final game of the football season when Cowichan Timbermen fought the visiting Campbell River Raiders to a 13-13 tie. Miles Dobson compiled 64 yards on just two of his rushing attempts.
Ray Ellison led the scoring with four goals when Duncan Falcons trounced Nanaimo Juveniles to take first place in the Mid-Island Hockey League. Other goals in the 13-2 rout were scored by Grant Carrigan, Gerry Odegaard, Ed Weberg and Ed Bannick.