Maxine Heritage threw the ceremonial first rock to officially open the bonspiel, with sweepers Shannon Kinnaird and Diane Elliott and Frankie Good holding the broom. The Virden team of Florence Klassen, Marilyn Warkentin, Brenda Gerrand and Maxine Hayward represented the local club.
In the championship final, Skip Lori Pelissier, third Wendy Nykoluk, second Judy Colwell and lead Cathy Burtnack came out on top with a 9 to 5 victory over Lois Rozak of Dauphin, who plays with third Val Ogryslo, second Cindy Van Buekenhout and lead Donna Malowski. The teams shook hands before all 8 ends were completed.
This is the first year for Pelissier, who curls out of the East St. Paul as well as the St. Vital club in Winnipeg, and her winning foursome. After a dismal start to their season at home, they went undefeated through their three round-robin games on Virden ice.
“The girls just called me up,” she said. “They were looking for a skip and I said “Okay, let’s do it.”
“We’ve had our lumps and bumps, shall I say, and we’ve pulled it together this weekend especially. For me, it was my confidence. Eventually, the girls got confidence in me, and I got confidence in myself. I really enjoy the ice out here, and especially the people. When you start having fun, you play better. I love meeting new people. It’s always fun curling with different people.”
The bonspiel takes place in a different community each year. Since its inception in 1983, it has been held in Virden four times – 1988, 2002, 2011 and now 2023. Golden Gals President Kathy Cox expressed appreciation to the Virden Curling Club for hosting a successful event to mark the organization’s 40th Anniversary.