Local cribbage players qualify for Alberta 55+ Summer Games

Off to games-- Winners of the cribbage tournament Jim Schofner

Off to games-- Winners of the cribbage tournament Jim Schofner

JULIE BERTRAND/Independent reporter

Forty-three cribbage players from the surrounding areas spent the morning and part of the afternoon competing in the Alberta 55+ Zone 4 cribbage playoff on April 29 at the Stettler Recreation Centre.

The morale was high throughout the competition, with players teasing each other.

Caroline Misner of Galahad and Betty Kaiser of Sedgwick qualified for the 55+ category with nine wins and 1393 points.

Jim Schofner and Lawrence Dutka of Castor qualified for the 70+ category with nine wins and 1416 points.

The four players will now go on to the Alberta 55+ Summer Games, which will take place in Fairview from July 21 to 24.

Alberta 55+ Zone 4 president Roz Aebig was happy with the turnout and the results.

“People played cribbage from 10 until 3,” said Aebig.

For the uninitiated, cribbage might look like a very difficult card game.

However, the players in the room begged to differ.

Cribbage, or crib, is a card game traditionally for two players, but commonly played with three, four or more. It involves playing and grouping cards in combinations, which gain points for the players.

The card game is one of 17 sports that will be in competition at the summer games.