Vernon Morning Starz goalie Roger (Fort) Knox forces KPMG Accountant Murray Smith to shoot wide during the Vernon Winter Carnival Broomball tournament. After a break of a few years, the popular event is returning for the 59th annual Vernon Winter Carnival. (Morning Star file photo)

Vernon Winter Carnival broomball sweeps back onto program

The popular lunchtime sporting event returns after a small hiatus for the 59th annual Carnival

Vernon Winter Carnival Broomball will again sweep the city in February.

After a hiatus of a few years, the popular event is back for the 59th annual Carnival with a new sponsor and new location. Once a fixture in the downtown core, the sport is moving to Vernon’s north end.

“Broomball is back and will be hosted by the Village Green Hotel Complex — the parking lot at the hotel is the perfect place to have the tournament,” said Carnival executive director Vicki Proulx.

RELATED: Broomball brings out competition

Word of broomball’s return brought some giddiness to the once-proud Morning Starz, who were fixtures in the event for three years, reaching the final in their rookie season (only to lose in an overtime, empty-net shootout to the then-Allan-Francis Lawyers), suffering a stunning 1-0 semifinal upset the following year to the KPMG Accountants, then went 2-0 in broomball’s last tournament but not good enough to make the final.

“We’re an older group now, which would mean more Rub A5-35 after the games, probably some messages and/or a hot tub, but we’ve invested in some younger talent,” said reporter Roger Knox, goalie for the first two years before giving way to now District of Coldstream chief administrative officer Trevor Seibel.

“We have Parker Crook and Brieanna Charlebois, both in their 20s, who would certainly bring the team’s average age way down; we have curlers John White and Kim Slattery and, really, broomball is almost like curling on pavement, just some more bumping into people in broomball but you still hold a broom. And we can always give a paper route to a couple of import players to make it legit.

“We had a ton of fun in our glory days and we hope to relive those days in 2019.”

RELATED: PHOTO: Splish Splash

Registration is now open and you can sign up your team for $100 — partial proceeds from registration will go back into the Vernon Winter Carnival Society.

“Plus the winning team will receive prizes and, of course, the glory,” said Proulx.

Feel free to contact Vernon Winter Carnival with any questions. Registration deadline is Jan. 31.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon rink into win column at BC Senior Curling finals

Vernon Curling Club hosting the province’s top senior curlers; finals set for Sunday at 10 a.m.

Vernon bowlers dominate zones at home

Five teams from Lincoln Lanes advance to provincial YBC finals in Vernon/Kelowna

Vernon sewing instructor teaches flawless fitting

Clothes for real curves made possible with Dawne Whelpley’s workshops

Vernon-area duo still awaiting trial for animal abuse

Trial date expected to be set within the next three weeks

Vernon woman named one of B.C.’s Top 40 business leaders

Amanda Shatzko, consultant and politician, picked up Business in Vancouver Top 40 selection

Okanagan divers ready to take on 2020 B.C. Winter Games

The athletes have been training four days a week

Galchenyuk nets shootout winner as Wild edge Canucks 4-3

Vancouver tied with Calgary for second spot in NHL’s Pacific Division

B.C.’s soda drink tax will help kids lose weight, improve health, says doctor

Dr. Tom Warshawski says studies show sugary drinks contribute to obesity

A&W employees in Ladysmith get all-inclusive vacation for 10 years of service

Kelly Frenchy, Katherine Aleck, and Muriel Jack are headed on all-expenses-paid vacations

B.C. mom’s complaint about ‘R word’ in children’s ministry email sparks review

In 2020, the ‘R’ word shouldn’t be used, Sue Robins says

B.C., federal ministers plead for meeting Wet’suwet’en dissidents

Scott Fraser, Carolyn Bennett says they can be in Smithers Thursday

EDITORIAL: Revisiting cannabis regulations

Recent retail license application has brought up concerns about present policy in Summerland

Guidelines regulate Summerland cannabis stores

The municipality’s policy, 300.6 establishes the 50-metre buffer zone around schools and parks

Largest aircraft to operate at YLW begins service to Toronto this summer

The Boeing 767-300ER will increase seat availability for flights to Toronto by 40 per cent

Most Read