Posted at: 01/08/2013 10:48 PM
Updated at: 01/09/2013 10:45 PM
By: Laura Kennedy
More than forty teams went head-to-head at Duluth Curling Club last weekend. But Sunday afternoon, only a few were left standing.
In the Bruce Bennett Memorial bonspiel, teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canada start in the main event.
If they win, they advance in that bracket. If they lose, they move into the B,C, and D events.
"This was a great warmup for us as we had to the senior nationals in Fairbanks in a few weeks. This was our final opportunity to play together," said Geoff Goodland of Eau Claire.
Goodland and his team won this event in 2010. They made it to the main event final on Sunday and came out on top once again.
"The fifth end was very good for us. We managed to get good position on our rocks, and pull fours in both games and get control," Goodland said.
The B bracket saw an all-Duluth final.
"This was a rematch of last year's final with us and Sheriff Ross Litman. We seem to meet in the last game somewhere," said Seppo Sormunen.
It came down to the last end, but Sormunen's rink was victorious. He says it's a friendly event, but competitive spirits run high.
"We've known each other a long time but that doesn't mean the competitive edge isn't there," Sormunen said. "We can be friends off the ice, but on the ice it's a competitive event."
Bruce Hill's team finished the weekend on a winning note in another close finish.
"We went right down to the wire and it was a good game," said Hill, also of Duluth. "It's nice to be ahead earlier, but sometimes it doesn't work out that way. If you can come back, it makes it all that much better."
Curling is a gentlemen's game, and when the bonspiel ends, everyone is friends again.
"We love it when we have people from around the area, Canadians, Wisconsin, St. Paul, it's always nice when we have people come up we can visit with," Hill said. "That's what part of curling is, the camaraderie. And we enjoy it."