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Tillsonburg curling teams have been on the bonspiel trail over the last month.

Two ladies teams travelled to Aylmer to play in the Rush Creek Wines Bonspiel where adjusting to curling on much heavier ice than their home ice proved tough on the two teams but they enjoyed the wine-tasting and food pairings that completed the day. The two teams were Betty Tull with Linda Newman, Yonna DiLella and Dorell Clark and Nora Peter with Diana May, Diane Burgess and Helen Cull.

Gail Harris, Jean Donck, Madeleine Aucoin and Ann Sangster headed to a London Bonspiel early in the season and as Gail says “it was good practice!”

Two teams also headed to Niagara Falls. Gail Harris along with teammates Jean Donck, Ann Sangster and Madeleine Aucoin and Wendy Young with Shirley Ireland, Marian Muth and Isabel Brown had a couple of good days of curling. Wendy and her team finished in the prizes with one loss and two wins. The same skips took teams to the St. Thomas Ladies Bonspiel where Gail and her team of Jean Donck, Linda Newman (Monday), Yonna DiLella (Tuesday), and Diana May were unbeaten the first day with high scores carrying them into Day 2. However they seemed to have spent all their wins the first day coming up short the second day with two close losses against some very competitive teams.

Wendy’s team (the usual girls) took a different path losing their first game, but coming back to win three in a row to take first place in the E division. All the teams travelling out of town enjoyed their time away and the hospitality at other clubs.

Coming up this month for the Ladies of the club is the Yuletide Bonspiel set for Thursday, Dec. 20, which is always a fun day right before we break for Christmas, so get signed in at the club. Six ends of curling and lunch beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Also speaking of Christmas, the club shop has lots of great curling gift ideas at good prices so take a look when you’re at the club. Christmas is less than two weeks away!

Brian Stephenson reports that the men finished their second draw of the season with Ken Patterson and his team of Harry Dykxhoorn, Bruce Hawkins and Chris Buchner finishing in first place by a quarter of a point over Team Stephenson with Peter Burns as vice, Greg Beard at second and Paul DeCloet at lead.

The Club hosts a Tier 55 bonspiel on Dec. 14 with a full complement of 16 teams.

The Senior Men hosted an Interclub Bonspiel on Dec. 12 with clubs from the surrounding towns expected to attend. Again check the kitchen roster to see if help is needed.

The Casino themed fun spiel on the weekend was a great success with one full draw of curlers capitalizing on the fun! Teams played two six-end games with the outcome of each end being determined by the roll of the dice and each winning end earning the team ‘casino money’. Teams also rotated ices after two ends of play. The on-ice fun was hard to beat and everyone had a good time. The team earning the most money was skipped by Yonna DiLella, with Paul and Josie DeCloet and Madeleine Aucoin.

Teams were treated to a ham and scalloped potato dinner catered by Ashley Haines and then played casino games with their earned casino dollars. There was much laughter and shouts at the various tables where curlers tried to beat the odds. At the end of the evening casino dollars were traded for draw tickets to use on items donated by The Bridges, Delhi Golf Course, Hollister Kia, Making Good Spirits, Home Hardware, Swinns, the Babcocks, the Beatties, and the Youngs. Some went home with prizes but others only had memories of some topsy-turvy curling and their luck – good or bad - at the tables.

The next fun night at the club happens on New Year’s Eve as the second annual New Year’s Eve bash takes place. This evening was lots of fun last year and everyone is looking forward to it again this year. Bring along your family and friends - curling and ‘non’ - to play a game, dance, party, enjoy Chinese food and see the New Year in in fine style. Tickets and more info are available at the bar.

As many of you probably did, I watched the Canada Cup of curling. I think it is amazing to see the depth of curling in Canada and I was happy to see both Stoughton (even though he beat Howard) and Lawton win and take a berth in the Olympic Trials next year. Speaking of Team Howard, I was glad to see them finally get their focus back and finish in the finals. The Howard family name is certainly going to be one we hear well into the future with Glen’s son and Russ’ daughter already curling on teams that are doing well. TSN had excellent coverage of both the Men’s and Women’s events let’s hope it will continue.

Curling rocks!



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