The 2016 Cracked Bell Bonspiel hosted by Philadelphia Curling Club was this past weekend (Jan 8-10). We had two Bucks teams entered into the draw and we stepped onto the ice together to play separate opponents Friday afternoon and both teams won their first matches. Saturday morning came and we both lost our second draw leaving us a one game break instead of three. We stepped onto the ice at two forty-five in the afternoon and again we both left as winners this set both teams for the Sunday morning early draw third event semi-finals. So early we rose and headed to the club for an eight a.m. draw. Team Pring was first to win with an early handshake meanwhile Team Philips played it out a full eight and took the win. The stage was set for Sunday afternoon and all Bucks curlers were guaranteed pins. Team Philips consisted of Joe Philips (skip), Cindy Bush (vice), Greg Danks (second), Jill Cardamore (lead). Team Pring consisting of Matt Pring (skip), Ian Sheffer (vice), Matt Gartner (second), and Kevin Brady (lead). It was a well played game by both teams with Philips being the better that day and earning the handshake after 7 ends.
I would like to thank all the Bucks folks who came out to support the club teams even though they weren’t playing. We had a great showing at the PCC and everyone noticed. One of the best things was being in the warm room, and not eavesdropping, but passively listening to people saying good things about our club and our members. People were asking about the bonspiels that we host and when they were. Some teams were planning on making one or both of our bonspiels. This was due to the positive way in which we represented Bucks and ourselves. Good job everyone.
Ian Alexander was our diligent host ensuring every minor detail was perfect. He even stayed the course after a few broken dishes tried to get in his way of finding pretzels for a table during broom stacking. There were 58 other PCC volunteers who helped make the event a good time. Preparing, serving, and cleaning up meals for a large group of people is a large investment of time and energy which they all did with great enthusiasm. To the Philadelphia Curling Club we at Bucks wish to say thank you for all your hard work and for making our visit enjoyable.
Hi there. I'm Michelle, your blogmaster and a novice Bucks curler.