‘Mixing’ it up

The rink of skip Lou Liepins outdueled Mike McCulley’s quartet Saturday evening to claim the A final in the annual Fort Rupert Curling Club mixed open bonspiel at G.E. Wilson Memorial Arena at Storey’s Beach.

Clockwise from top left: Kristen Ireton calls out orders;

Clockwise from top left: Kristen Ireton calls out orders;

The rink of skip Lou Liepins outdueled Mike McCulley’s quartet Saturday evening to claim the A final in the annual Fort Rupert Curling Club mixed open bonspiel at G.E. Wilson Memorial Arena at Storey’s Beach.

Liepins was joined by Babe Gray, Roy Chisholm, Christine Wigard and Wendy Nicholson in a five-member rink that rotated players during the two-day competition.

McCulley was joined by lead Tanya Price, second Dave Schmidt and third Laina Hunko.

John Maday topped Steve Janusz for the B title. Maday’s rink included Jessica Klatt, Joe Godmaire and Meagan Cadwallader. Janusz, who guided his men’s rink to a similar runner-up finish in the B final of the Broughton Curling Club men’s open in December, was joined by Brenda Molloy, Dennis Brown and Kathy Witton.

All four finalists are members of the host club.

The 10-team bonspiel was held in a round-robin format, rather than a traditional elimination bracket. Liepins earned his way into the A final by winning the “Lucky Lager” pool, while McCulley prevailed in the “Budweiser” pool.