Reds dominate with repeat win at Your Independent Grocer Closing Spiel

Well, another closing spiel has wrapped up, The Leary’s Independent Grocer Red vs. Blue Spiel came to an end on Saturday with a victory for the Red team!  Using the Skins format again this year, the Friday night draw ended with the Red Team ahead by only a small margin.  The Red Team overtook the Blue team in the end, walking away with $281,000 and that left the Blue team with $227,000.

Throughout the weekend there were a few ways to earn bonus points. Friday night trivia was had and the Reds won, winning an extra $2000 for their Team. Saturday morning a game of Left, Right Centre was played with again the Red Team picking up another $1000! 

Sudoku was played in the afternoon and the Blue Team pulled out the win in this challenge and
made $5000. 

Paul Neima and Gloria Clarke (Blue team) were a whiz at Sudoku!

The keen eye of a few of the Blue Team members earned them an extra $4000 points! They cleaned up our Club by capturing the wanted and bringing them in for their just rewards.


Hmmm – is that a “Wanted” poster for Lorianne Davies beside her daughter?? 
Unfortunately, Megan was busy when she arrived, and did not get the reward!


After lunch was a Draw to the Button 50/50 contest with the winner Marg Stewart taking home $65.00 and bragging rights.

Marg Stewart

The Reverse Draw for a Club membership was held again this year and Donnie Weeks was the big winner. 

Donnie Weeks

A prize was awarded to our best-dressed winner Debby Sigsworth of the Blue Team.

Debby Sigsworth

There was no shortage of food on the weekend, Friday night curlers were treated to lots of finger foods as well as entertainment from the duo Undertow (with help from Angus Davies on one number!)

Undertow with Angus Davies (left)

Saturday some of our own club members provided muffins, sweet loaves and biscuits for breakfast and lunch was barbecued  burgers, hot dogs and sausages.

President O’Sullivan (right), with co-organizer Laurie Kelly, picking up their Red team prize

After the last of the stones were thrown for the year, our Club President presented the prizes and thanked organizers, members, club staff, and all our many volunteers!  He said that this had been a great season, and invited everyone to attend the Golf Tournament.

1st prize was awarded to our Spiel champs, taking the first place for Team Red, the Shirley Berry team, who were given the first pick from the table, then to the highest amount of Skins being won by the Blue Team — by the Paul Neima rink.


Closing Spiel Red team with the most points – Team Berry (L-R): Gloria Turner, Brad Gardiner, Archie MacKinnon, Shirley Berry

Closing Spiel Blue Team with the most points (L-R): Cathy Handren, Paul Neima, Stephanie O’Keefe. Missing: Steve Armsworthy

Then all other Red teams were called up, in order of Skins they had won, to choose from the prize table. Some of the top Blue teams also received prizes.

You can view photos of all the winning teams over at our event photo gallery: Click to view.

When the last of the prizes were handed out members went upstairs for a hot roast beef dinner with all the fixings, provided by caterer Alan Carmichael.

Laurie and I would like to extend a special thank you to Ray and Barb Biagé for doing up the Teams & Draws for this event we know Draw Master is not an easy Job!

Also thanks to our Banker, Carlene Peters — nothing got by her! 

Banker Carlene carefully verifying the Sudoku numbers

As always there are many thanks to pass along and in fear of forgetting someone, we would like to just thank all those who helped out even if you didn’t think what you did was a big job it was to us as organizers. All the little things really add up to something Big!  So a big Thank you to all our Volunteers!!! Lastly to our sponsor Leary’s Independent Grocer  — it’s great to have your support — thanks so much!!!

We hope everyone enjoys their summer off and look forward to doing it all over again next year!

Organizers Darlene Howlett & Laurie Kelly

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