BELFAST — The Belfast Curling Club hosted teams and curlers from the Northeast Friday morning through Sunday afternoon, March 18-20 in the 27th annual Wood Memorial Bonspiel.

Twenty teams, mostly local, but including those from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and New York, played 39 games/matches, which culminated in four victors.

The winners were: A. Green Flash [Belfast]; B. Team Newpond [Massachusetts]; C. Norfolk Curling Club [Connecticut]; and D. Colgate 1 [Belfast and elsewhere].

Sierra Dietz of Green Flash (Belfast). Photo courtesy of Chip Curry

The A class victor won all games in its bracket, while the B, C and D victors lost a game in their brackets.

Team Green Flash was led by “skip”, Rob Dietz, owner of Pico Design, who was supported by Michael Lannan of Tech Environmental, Sierra Dietz of the Grasshopper Shop, and Ben Mailloux, M.D., of Waldo County Medical Partners.

Jon Beal said Belfast Curling Club hosts multiple bonspiels each year through the work and contributions of its members and supporters. The work includes preparing and serving drinks and meals during the weekend, including a seated dinner on Saturday, with live music on both nights. He said members also maintained the ice through the weekend, and decorated the clubhouse thematically: this year’s theme was Tropical Paradise, and the décor [and players’ shirts] lavishly reflected that theme.

Duke Marston of Four Old Men (Belfast). Photo courtesy of Chip Curry

COVID-19 protocols were observed throughout the tournament, Beal said. Membership in the club is open, and includes active players from teenagers to people in their 80s. For more information, go to belfastcurlingclub.org.

The spring season has concluded and the fall season will start in October. There will be “learn-to-curl” sessions before the season so new curlers can be introduced to the sport.

Teams for Sunday morning’s playoffs, after being piped onto the ice, toast one another before the matches. Photo courtesy of Chip Curry

Beal said Brenda and Jim Boulier sponsor the Wood Memorial Bonspiel each year, in honor of Brenda’s parents, who donated the land at 211 Belmont Avenue, Belfast, where the curling clubhouse stands.

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