The 58th Men’s Little International Bonspiel was held Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 16-19 as the Belfast Curling Club hosted 22 teams from four states and two Canadian provinces, with two Belfast rinks, creating the 24-team, four-event competition.

Play began with two opening draws on Thursday, Feb. 16, and with six draws Friday and Saturday. The four final games came Sunday morning, Feb. 19.

The first event final game came down to Mike O’Neil throwing his last stone with the game tied; the approach to the four foot was blocked by guards in the front house; two stones laid staggered at the 10 o’clock position (from behind the glass) which provided his only access to close out the game in regulation. A double angle raise to the four foot was completed outcounting all the opponents from Riverside CC (Saint John, N.B., Canada). A fitting finale to a full weekend of curling action.

Thanks go to club member Tim McMillan for piping the finalists onto the ice, said BCC member Jeff Dutch.

The membership stepped up to provide the necessary meals to keep the curlers energy levels high, Jeff Dutch said.

Jeff Dutch said Bob McHatten rallied a crew for the Thursday opening pizza party, while BCC President Jeff Jones crafted a scallop stew and Darby’s Restaurant provided southwest chicken stew to go with Wentworth’s Family Grocery sweet/spicy sausage from the grill for lunches Friday and Saturday.

Duke Marsden whipped up squash soup via Crosspatch Farms donation to accompany chicken parmesan main course for Friday night's meal and for Saturday banquet Val Doody controlled the kitchen crew creating sausage stuffed pork loin; the evening meals also assisted with foodstuffs from Tozier's Family Market and Weavers Roadside.

Sunday breakfast for the curlers, prepared by a Terry Sprague-directed crew, featured bacon and eggs, provided by Belfast Variety.

Jeff Dutch said thanks go to the club members who filled in with the needed hands to complete the tasks to feed the hungry troops.

Additional sponsorships were provided by Fireside Inn, Hannaford Foods, Rollie's Bar and Grill, Ellsworth Building Supply, Young’s Lobster Pound, Ducktrap Fish Farms, Dunkin Donuts, G&K Uniform Services and Jeff and Mary Dutch.

Jeff Dutch said the committee thanks new member Annette Kluzak for handling the 50/50 raffle, which netted the club $480. When the ticket drawn turned out to be held by Jeff Dutch, he donated his 50 percent back to the club.

The curlers were entertained Friday night by the Galley Rats through the dinner hours, and followed by Dave Handsen (TSA Riverboat Men) lead “8 ENDAHS” featuring Mike Lannan on precision and a host of guest vocal and percussion guest performers carrying the festivities well into the morning hours.

The bonspiel was a success, Jeff Dutch said, as BCC hosted 22 outside rinks in the 24-team draw. The hometown two were good hosts, allowing guests to dominate the four final events. Eleven US and 12 New Brunswick, with one Quebec, made the field.

Jeff Dutch said the committee also thanks teams who committed prior to New Year's for "allowing us to proceed with our plans knowing we would have a full event, it makes such a difference in comfort level for the committee. Good food and drink was had throughout the affair, energy levels high from the start, excellent Celtic band Friday night, the Dave Hansen lead: Bendaah Band both nights, and some moments of fine curling as well. The bartenders were busy so the club benefits will be appreciated by our budget committee. We are very grateful to all those who attended and were generous at the bar and the 50/50 raffle where the club was additionally fortunate with the ticket pulled."

The team results included:

Runners-up fourth event — Gladstone #3: Joe Mason, Keith Muzzerall, Jim Devenney and Jeff Carr.

Winners fourth event — Broomstones Team SeaSea: Mike Lannan, Todd Hebert, Jerry Blanchette and Pete Secor.

Runners-up third event — Gladstone #1: Mark Mahoney, Wallace Carr, Nick McCann and Frank Simpson.

Winners third event — Sutton-No. Hatley: Andrew Hatch, Marty Rourke, Vinny Lengacher, Mark Hall (BCC) and Steve McPherson, injured reserve.

Runners-up second event — Gladstone 2 (Sam Carr, Sean Gibson, Tony Gibson, Wayne Kirkpatrick).

Winners second event — Thistle-St. Andrews: Jeff Stewart, Danny Armstrong, Kevin Baxter, Jeff Frye and riding the bench for the final game: Dave Lin, Dave Hansen, Greg Baker and Steve Nordstrum.

Runners-up first event — Riverside C.C.: Kevin Kyle (lead), Chris Smith (skips rocks), Brent Bethune and Sean McLeod.

Winners first event — Broomstones C.C. (with an angle double raise to the four foot, using two stones at the edge of the 12-foot): Mike O’Neill, Ted Kennelly, Jake Davis and Peter Della Pella.

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