Zealand buttons up new set of wheels at ‘spiel

CAMPBELL RIVER — Shaun Zealand wins tires with top draw; brother Brad Zealand's rink claims D runner-up at men's bonspiel

The Campbell River Curling Club hosted its biggest event of the Feb. 7-8 the 51st Ralph Boyd Men’s Open.

The spiel, sponsored by Lordco and Thrifty Foods, was a success on and off the ice, attracting 32 teams from all over Vancouver Island. The Prize Table was valued at over $15,000.

All 128 players had a chance for a ‘draw to the button’ to win an $800 Tire Package donated by Kal Tire. After narrowing it down to six semi-finalists, long-time player of this weekend, Shaun Zealand from Port Hardy, was the closest to the button and declared the winner.

The Ralph Boyd Trophy, handed out by Graeme Boyd to the most sportsman like team, was given to the Wayne Harris Rink. Harris was honoured to share this trophy with his teammates Mike Imrie, Randy Baert and Mike Meeres.

The A Event, sponsored by Coastal Community Credit Union, was won by the defending champions  the Schmidt rink of Comox, consisting of Ron Schmidt, Norm Cote, Jeff Pilon and Darren Richards. In the final, they went up against the Darrell Knowles rink of Campbell River.

The B Event, sponsored by No 1 Autobody, was a fantastic showing of many of our younger men who have come through the Junior Program here in Campbell River.

This was a well-fought game with the Vlaj rink from Nanaimo coming out on top against the Kevin May rink of Campbell River.

The C Event, sponsored by Jiffy Lube, saw the Dean Thulin Rink capture victory over the Bill Thomas Rink. Thulin curled with third Lyle Boyce, second Don Pennell and lead Doug Seely.

The D Event, sponsored by Kal Tire, was won by the Wayne Harris Rink; a strong win over the Port Hardy’s Brad Zealand Rink.

During the event’s activities the player’s enjoyed a barbecue Salmon Dinner donated by Marine Harvest and one of their own, Joe Johnson, at the grill cooking.

On Saturday night the weekend theme of Mardi Gras came out when the Bill Thomas Rink out dressed themselves and won a five-hour fishing trip from Karl Bro’s Sea J Charters.

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