The Mission Granite Curling Club hosted its masters men’s invitational on the weekend and 16 teams battled it out for the title.

The Mission Granite Curling Club hosted its masters men’s invitational on the weekend and 16 teams battled it out for the title.

16 squads compete at Mission masters curling event

The Heagy team from Chilliwack took down the Wahl team from Chilliwack in Sunday’s final.

  • Jan. 27, 2017 12:00 p.m.

Ben Lypka

Abbotsford News

Chilliwack curlers ended up on top at the Mission Granite Curling Club’s masters men’s invitational, which ran from Jan. 20 to 22.

The Heagy team from Chilliwack took down the Wahl team from Chilliwack in Sunday’s final.

A total of 16 teams participated in the event, drawing foursomes from eight different clubs from the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland.

Mission’s top representative was the Olson team, who edged out the Bigham team for local bragging rights.

Teams played five games apiece gaining points for wins and ties.

“It was another good tournament,” said Shirley Olson from the club, noting that the annual event is already filling up for the 2018 edition.

The next big event on the local curling calendar is the men’s skins bonspiel, which occurs on Feb. 17 and 18. Teams will play three eight-end games, and will be treated to a pizza night on the Friday and a meat night on the Saturday.

Curling club officials pointed out that there is drop-in or practice curling at the club every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. There is no cost to participate during the Wednesday night events, but clean runners or curling shoes must be used on the ice.

The club has unique programs daily both earlier and later in the day. For more information, visit missioncurling.ca.

Another big curling event coming to the Fraser Valley is the B.C. men’s championship, which is set to occur at the Abbotsford Curling Club from Feb. 8 to 12. The event features 12 top teams from across the province, with the winner earning the right to represent B.C. at the 2017 Brier in Newfoundland in March.

For more on the BC men’s championship, visit abbotsfordcurling.com.