Although the local Repstock Rink wasn’t one of the top-placing teams at this year’s Cowichan Rocks Curling Club Men’s Bonspiel, they were one of the most memorable.
This was, thanks to an eight-point end during their Saturday, January 22, B-event draw against the local Delleburr Rink.
“We didn’t know we had it until we threw the last rock,” skip Thor Repstock said, who believes the eight-point end to be a first for the Cowichan Rocks Curling Club. For team members Jim Tardiff and Thor Repstock, this was a first, though Bill Peters and Randy Wise have been part of eight-point-ends separately, at other curling clubs.
Of the 20 participating rinks, six were local, including the Brent Dellebuur Rink, Thor Repstock Rink, Daryle Proulx Rink, George Nitschkie Rink, Bob Simpson Rink, and the Dennis Sutton Rink.
The top-placing local rink was the Nitschkie Rink, headed by skip George Nitschkie.
They placed first in the B division.
Two of the rink’s members – John McCormick and Rick Nott – are retired teachers.
“They’ve been curling in the club for quite a while,” Nitschkie said, of the two.
Rink member Bruce Tilbury has been curling for quite a while, but has been out of the game for a few years, Nitschkie said.
“His skills are still there,” the skip said.
“The tournament was good. We had good representation from all of the clubs,” Nitschkie said.
This coming weekend will see curling action continue, with the Island Master Playdowns taking place at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena, January 27 to 30.
“You’re going to be looking at some really good curlers,” Nitschkie said.