It was a mixture of camaraderie and friendly competition among curlers at the Silver Fox Entertainment Complex in Summerside over the weekend.
Men, women, junior and mixed teams flocked to the ice from across the province for the annual Island Petroleum cashspiel, in a bid to sweep up a grand prize.
“There are 16 teams participating from around the Island while planning to get ready for their provincial championships that will be early in the New Year,” said Jonathan Greenan, a member of the Darren Higgins rink.
He added: “I’ve known my teammates for the better part of 30-plus years. Three of us played competitively as juniors and then one newcomer has been with us for five years. We’ve all had different curling backgrounds.”
Curling is a sport that requires physical, social and strategic skill.
“It’s a great way to get out and be active, and curling is a lot more athletic and competitive than people realize. Certainly, a lot of people who curl have grown up with this in their background that’s how I got involved. My parents use to curl with their teacher’s league,” said Greenan.
The three-day event required a team entry fee of $200.
“We’re playing for money and entry fees will get redistributed to teams depending on how well they do,” he said.
While curlers played to win, a friendly discussion wrapped-up the event with the finals on Sunday morning.
Island Petroleum Cashpiel payouts:
Winners of $800: Jamie Newson, Erik Brodersen, Andrew MacDougall, Doug MacGregor.
Runner-up $400: Steven vanOuwerkerk, Sam Ramsay, Nick vanOuwerkerk, Pat Ramsay.
Main event consolation
Winner of $400: Phil Gorveatt, Kevin Champion, Sean Ledgerwood, Mike Dillon.
Runner-up $200: Terry Arsenault, Rod MacDonald, Mike Spencer, Jonathan Greenan.
Winner of $400: Mitchell Schut, Chase MacMillan, Cruz Pineau, Liam Kelly.
Runner-up $200: Eddie MacKenzie, Tyler Harris, Tyler MacKenzie, Matt Nabuurs.
Winner of $400: Tyler Smith, Ryan Abraham, Jake Flemming, Ryan Lowery.
Runner-up $200: Nick Blanchard, Stephanie Schnare, Jamie Stride, Terri Wood.
Winner of $100: Brayden Snow, Jack MacFadyen, Liam Barbrick, Davis Nicholson.