Ken Newall rink wins Arran Mixed Open Bonspiel

The Ken Newall rink of Norquay topped the annual Arran Mixed Open Bonspiel held January 20 to 27.

A total of 14 rinks out of a 24 rink limit participated in the bonspiel, said Rick Nahnybida, an organizer of the Arran and District Rec Board annual event. “We had teams from Arran, Kamsack, Norquay, Swan River, White Beach and Benito.”

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Curling with Newall (skip) were: Tyson Kinaschuk, third; Jason Lukey, second, and Rubieann Kluke, lead.

Placing second, third and fourth, respectively, in the first event, were: Terry Papp of White Beach, Lorne Mydynski of Arran and Andrea Maga of White Beach.

The Jeremy Hrycenko (skip) rink of Arran won the second event. He curled with Ryan Hrycenko, third; Andrew Severson, second, and Cole Bourque, lead.

Placing second, third and fourth, respectively, in the second event were: Gem Trucking of White Beach, Vi Knutson of Norquay, and Josh Janzen of Arran.

Topping the third event was Vince Northrup (skip) of Norquay. Curling with Northrup were: Justin Holodniuk, third; John Knutson, second, and Jeff Scott, lead.

Rick Kinaschuk of Benito placed second in the third event; Derrick Krochak of Arran placed third, and Kade Trofimenkoff of Kamsack, fourth.

“The Arran bonspiel has been held for approximately 65 years as an annual event,” said Nahnybida, who is president of the Rec Board.

“Over the years it has usually been a success in showcasing the fun sport of curling. We hold ‘wing nights’ every night during the event, and 50/50 draws.”

A banquet, prepared by club volunteers, including Betsy Kruk and Val Kruk, was served to around 120 people, including the volunteers, and was held on Friday night, Nahnybida said. The final wind-up was held on Sunday.

The bonspiel was played on two sheets of natural ice in the Arran rink.

“We had good ice,” he said. “The weather co-operated.”

The winner of the January 24 draw for the 50/50 lottery was Walter Lozinski, who took home $160. In a twist, the draw on January 27 for $205 was unclaimed.