Youth movement appears
The kids are all right.
Boys playing against men may seem like a guaranteed mismatch, but not where the Kerry Park men’s open bonspiel is concerned.
The youngsters held up just fine going against the big guys.
The B event winner was a juvenile team from Juan de Fuca that only lost one game in the five-day event.
The team consisted of Duncan Silversides, Benton Boychuk-Chorney, Jacob Zorn, Timothy Henderson and Evan Scott-Moncrieff.
There was also youth on the C event championship side with Paul Henderson, who learned to curl at Kerry Park and now lives in Victoria.
His teammates were: Calvin Heels, Eric Lesinger and Byron Heels.
Paul Henderson is skipping the Frances Kelsey team in the B.C. high school championships.
The A event title was still reserved for the men, with Scott Macdonald, Steve McKague, Jim Cross and Dave Roth leading the way.
Some ladies even took part in the event. Lynn Noble and Lorraine Gagnon were members of the first-place team in the D event along with Brent Anderson and Brent Winnitoy.
The bonspiel has been run with a maximum of 16 teams the last couple of years.
“All of the teams were fairly evenly-matched with a wide variety of ages,’’ noted spokesman Joe Goubault.
Most of the young men on the one junior team and two juvenile teams were in the bonspiel last year and have improved considerably in a short period of time.