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Posted: March 3, 2020

Deal, Play and Show 

Big weekend coming at Invermere Legion

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 71 in downtown Invermere is hosting the Legion BC/Yukon Provincial Cribbage Playdowns March 13-15.

Players will be participating to see who can play their way to be named top cribbers of all the Legions in British Columbia and Yukon and gain the right to represent the Branches at the Nationals in Conception Bay, Newfoundland.

The tournament runs Saturday and Sunday and is highlighted by a dinner Friday night, with great music in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day with local flavour band – the O’Sullivans.

As always, the general public can come down and join us for Corned Beef and Cabbage Irish Dinner and listen to some lively music and join in the meat draw.

Saturday, the cards come out as the tournament begins with a round robin between single players and doubles partners – Last year’s National Single Champion – Bill Nelligan of Cranbrook – will look to defend his title – and this year’s doubles partners- Clive Brown and Pat McGee hail from Cranbrook, too. Lunch will be provided by the Legion volunteers and the pegging and dealing continues into the afternoon.

After the daily games, the meat draw will allow the players a breather until The Usual Suspects, another great local band takes the stage to entertain the patrons and players.

Sunday the team event begins; our zone participants, from Windermere District Branch 71 are Terri Baker, Ray Neratko, Steve Mantyka and Brian Pilatzke – and will run all day, with another lunch provided by the Legion volunteers, and the Awards Ceremony will be at 4 p.m.

Come in and see what a crib tournament involves, and enjoy some lively entertainment Friday and Saturday night, or just enjoy the ambiance – and remember to inquire about signing up to participate in future branch playdowns.

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