Kelowna team wins Barry Amies Bonspiel in Vernon

Inaugaral men’s bonspiel named after driving force behind construction of Vernon facility

A Kelowna team has won the inaugural of the Barry Amies Men’s Bonspiel at the Vernon Curling Club over the weekend. Grey hair and genetics carried the day as the Rob Koffski team came away with a hard fought 6-5 win over Vernon’s Tyler Orme rink in the 46 team competition.

Anchoring the team on the front end were Koffski, calling the game and throwing lead rocks and Randy Nelson of Kamloops at second. Koffski’s son Russel was at third, and Nelson’s son Darren threw fourth stones. The grey hair represented multiple Brier and World Championship experience, as well as decades of competition in British Columbia cashspiels and men’s and senior’s playdowns.

The Vernon club this year decided to rename this 48th version of its men’s spiel after Barry Amies, the driving force behind the construction of the present facility in 1972. Club manager Dave Merklinger noted at the trophy presentation that sponsors are the lifeblood of competitive curling and that Amies, through his insurance business, could always be counted on as a leading sponsor over the years. Amies passed away last year, and Merklinger said the club board decided that renaming the bonspiel in his honour was a fitting tribute to the role Amies played in the curling community.

The B event was won by a Vernon team skipped by Greg Poggemoeller. The C event was captured by former world champion Gerry Richard of Kelowna, while the D was won by Mark Fillion of Vernon.

courtesy of Padraig Mac Roibeaird

READ MORE: Basketball tournament scores scholarships for Vernon students

READ MORE: Estonian mixed doubles curling team practicing in Kelowna this week


@VernonNews
newsroom@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Habitat for Humanity seniors housing project in Salmon Arm moving forward

Twenty two units to be provided on 10th Avenue NE

RCMP offer update on recovery of illegal firearms, stolen vehicles in North Shuswap

$12,700 worth of pet food found in July 2019 search of Leopold Road property

Suspect reported head-butting Chase RCMP officer during arrest

Charges laid include break and enter, assault, resisting arrest and assault causing bodily harm

Award recognizes Salmon Arm homes, buildings for heritage value

Honours to be presented during Heritage Week, Feb. 17 to 23

Downed power lines block North Shuswap road

Close to 1,500 people are without power

VIDEO: Canada’s first presumptive case of coronavirus officially confirmed

Both patient and wife arrived on a China Southern Airlines flight after having been to Wuhan

First-place Canucks beat Blues 3-1 for ninth straight home win

Miller nets pair as Vancouver defeats Cup champs

Swapping grape varieties can help winemakers adapt to climate change: UBC study

Report says 56% of wine-grape-growing regions would be lost if global climate warms by 2 C

Alberta premier wants feds to approve Teck mine for benefit of First Nations

Kenney: ‘Surely [reconciliation] means saying yes to economic development for First Nations people’

Quintet jazzes it up with Okanagan-wide talents

Justin Glibbery group brings twist of jazz and pop

Trans-Canada closed east of Golden due to avalanche hazard

The highway is estimated to reopen around 7 p.m.

Penticton Indian Band stands in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en

“We’ve lived in this area for 10,000 years, and our knowledge is being disregarded…” - Chad Eneas.

National Pie Day call-out: Pies wanted for annual Best of the Shuswap contest

RJ Haney Heritage Village puts out the call for entries for annual fundraiser

Most Read