Manitou Defeats Portage in O’Grady Challenge
Two rinks from the Manitou Curling Club challenged for “The
O’Grady Trophy” on Sunday, Feb. 18th at the Manitou curling rink and defeated Portage.
“The O’Grady Challenge Trophy”, in existence since 1908, is a perpetual challenge cup meant to encourage good will and promote curling matches between curling clubs that are affiliated with CurlManitoba. Since the competition started in 1908, a complete record of games and results have been kept.
Every year, any curling club wanting to challenge for the cup can apply, and the trustees of the O’Grady Challenge form a schedule for the season. The challenging club hosts the next games, supplying the ice to curl on, and hospitality.
The Portage club was in possession of the trophy (well, not really, as the actual trophy is at the Curling Hall of Fame in the Manitoba Sports Museum in Winnipeg), so they brought two teams to Manitou to defend the cup on Sunday.
Members of Manitou's two rinks challenging for the cup consisted of: team 1 - Don Stewart, Thor Thorleifson, Jonathan Friesen, and Brad Milljour; and team 2 - Jason Handford, Tanner Dobson, Wyatt Baloun and Trevor Taylor.
Each team played four ends against the two Portage teams, with the Manitou group defeating Portage by a combined score of 15 - 5.
The Manitou Club will now travel to Fort Rouge Curling Club to defend their title.
The curlers from Portage enjoyed their fellowship and were im- pressed with the Manitou Curling Club and their hospitality.
Good luck in the next round of competition!