Armstrong rink wins RR Open Bonspiel

By Ken Johnston
Editor

All three events were close in the early going at the annual Rainy River Open Bonspiel Friday and Saturday, as eleven teams competed.
In the ‘A” Event, it was Dean Armstrong’s rink versus Alicia Anderson’s rink. Anderson took an early lead scoring three in the first end. She had to make a take-out to get them and nearly scored four, but the last rock hit and rolled out.
In the second end Armstrong answered with a double raise to score one. Anderson then picked up one in the third to lead 4-1.
But Armstrong responded with the hammer needing to hit and roll for three. However, it rolled out and he scored two to make it a 4-3 game.
In the fifth end the teams had to measure to see how many Armstrong would count. He ended up with three to take the lead for the first time in the game at 6-4.
Anderson would raise one to count one in the fifth, but that would not be enough. Armstrong threw perfect draw weight with the hammer in the seventh to count four and win 10-5 as Anderson resigned.
In the ‘B’ Event, Stratton’s Bryan Bonot took on Rainy River’s Fred Foulger.
It would go back and forth for the first four ends. Bonot would score one then Foulger would to leave it tied 2-2 after four ends.
But in the fifth end, Foulger missed a draw to try and prevent Bonot from laying a six ender. Bonot shot the hammer in for a sixth point and they were now up 8-2.
Bonot added another one in the sixth and Foulger resigned. Final score was 9-2.
The ‘C’ Event was close for three ends with Adam Bolen’s rink facing Veldron Vogan’s.
Vogan drew first blood, scoring one in the first.
Bolen answered with three in the second to lead 3-1.
He would then take a commanding lead scoring three in the third to lead 6-1. Vogan’s hopes were dashed and the event would belong to Bolen and company.
Vogan scored another one in the fourth to make it 6-2.
Bolen padded his lead with two more in the fifth to force Vogan to shake hands. Final score was 8-2.