Heart of the bonspiel season

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As I said in the last FTH, we are into the heart of our bonspiel season now and the 59th Tobacco Belt Bonspiel on the weekend was another huge success.

Three Tillsonburg teams took top prize in each of their events. The father/son duo of Travis and Dale Fanset ran through the competition to take the overall trophy for the Tobacco Belt Championship and the big cash prize. The Rob Smith foursome, sent to B event by the Fanset rink in the first round, went undefeated in the remainder of their games to take the trophy in the B event. Ken Patterson’s rink emerged as the trophy winner in the C event and the D was taken by one of the out of town rinks, Scott Corby of Ilderton.

The curlers all comment on the good hospitality and the super ice here in Tburg. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped to make the spiel a great success and especially to Les Peter who has convened the event for several years. Well done.

Next weekend we have the Kelsey’s Recreational League Bonspiel, this year with a “red neck” theme which should be interesting. At this time the spiel has a full slate of 16 teams playing in the two draws and should be a lot of fun. I did notice that there are spaces to be filled on the kitchen duty roster so there’s a way you could help out and be a part of the day.

Coming up on the 9th of February the Tillsonburg Big Brothers and Big Sisters are holding their annual fundraising bonspiel in our club, Curl for Kids Sake. They would like to see more local teams entering this spiel which has local sponsors and supports the Tillsonburg, Ingersoll area organization. For more information see the posters in the club or check their website.

Entry forms are out for the Good Redden Klosler Community Service Bonspiel which happens February 27. There are two draws, 16 teams for this spiel and it fills up fast so get your team together. You do not have to be a curling member to take part in this bonspiel, but should be a service-oriented group or charity, etc. from the community. For more information contact Chris Appleton at Good Redden Klosler or inquire at the curling club.

Also coming up soon there is a Men’s Tier 55 on February 8 and the Ladies Bronze Broom Bonspiel on February 25-26. Check the kitchen volunteer roster and be ready to help out for these events. The Board of Directors is looking for fundraising ideas to help support some club projects, if you have something to offer or would be willing to be part of a committee please let a board member know. If you have suggestions for the Board of ideas or projects the Board welcomes your input.

I enjoyed the Skins games on the weekend, I think the All-Star format and draft was a positive change. All the ‘fun’ curling is over and from now on the teams get back to their competitive mode. There will be various playdowns televised over the next few weeks but the next TSN coverage is the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors, February 9-10. This week Sportsnet carries the Grand Slam: The National starting on Wednesday January 24.

All for now see you on the ice!! Curling rocks!

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