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NORA PETER - FROM THE HACK

I know the curling season is well underway when I begin organizing my life around the times curling is being broadcast on TV.

I’m writing this as I watch the finals of the Grand Slam National from Sault Ste. Marie. Grand Slam Curling had another big weekend finishing with a great competitive final between Team Jacobs and Team McEwen. I found it difficult to choose between the two teams and just found myself cheering a good shot. Both teams had their issues, but in the end McEwen found his way to the winner’s circle and I think it was deserved.

If I was writing this for the Sault Star that comment wouldn’t be well received but I do think either team was a worthy winner of this event - McEwen was the one that got lucky!

We have new winners for the first draw in the Mixed League at the Tillsonburg Curling Club as Ken Patterson with Yonna DiLella, Alayne Brisson and Olga Patterson took top points this time around with Bill and Wendy Young, Mike Kirk and Kathryn Patterson finishing second.

Also first draw winners were the team of Shirley Ireland, Veronica Nolan, Emma Cox, and Diana Blake taking first place in the Indigo Lounge draw for the Tuesday Ladies draw. Along with the trophy for the winners, sponsor Kelly Spence gave coupons for all the ladies curling in the evening draw to enjoy some of the benefits – yoga and the café of the Indigo Lounge.

Several teams were on the bonspiel trail. Wendy Young and her team of Shirley Ireland, Marian Muth and Isabel Brown were in Ingersoll for the Cheese Curl where they won two of four games ending up runners-up in C Event.

Wendy has also been out with her Masters team that plays out of Ilderton practicing for regional playdowns in December. Gail Harris and her team of Jean Donck, Diane Burgess and Madeleine Aucoin were in Niagara Falls last week after a fairly precarious road trip and finished 4th in their draw. Both Wendy and Gail will play in the St. Thomas bonspiel this week.

Lorna Law travelled to Wallaceburg on the weekend for a bonspiel with Stephanie McGregor (Ingersoll/Tillsonburg) skipping, Kim McCrystal (Ingersoll) and Shawna Bezaire (Kingsville). The ladies finished with two wins and one loss in the final of A event with a 7-2 loss. Lorna says they had a great time and she hopes the Wallaceburg club will send teams our way for the Bronze Broom or a mixed bonspiel.

Les and I spared in the Rec League last week and it was great seeing so many old and new faces. Turns out that a couple of teams this year have returned to the league after a hiatus from curling and the night Les and I curled they were also curling. I loved receiving a hug from Jay of the Rockin’ Rain Makin’ Rebels and was happy to see Jim Biggar and Michael Jackson back curling in the league (even though they beat the team we were curling for).

There are 22 teams in this league as there were last season with three brand new teams and two returning teams. Several teams folded and some members have amalgamated with other teams, while others have moved into other leagues.

After six weeks of play Mixed Bags are sitting in first place with Team Hot Shots just 1.25 points behind. Sheet Stains (good team - bad name!) have a hold on third, Rolling Rocks are 4th and Big Rocks, one of the returning teams has moved up the ranks from 7th to 5th spot. Rockbusters, last year’s champs, Domino’s Delights and Rock-U round out that Top 8.

The next 8 teams seem to be missing games which will certainly change their point standings when they get them played. The Leftovers, one of the new teams in the league, sits about the middle of this group with three wins on their record. The Flintstones made a big move up the standings from 14th to 10th but most of the other teams in this group looked like they dropped in the standings this week.

In the last tier of six we find several of the new teams with Taken For Granite experiencing some success making a move from 21st to 17th just ahead of Sheet Disturbers by a quarter of a point. The returning team, Rockin’ Rainmakin’ Rebels, are right behind them by a quarter of a point as well so this group is pretty tight. New team, The Outsliders round out this group and though they have not posted their first win their scores are improving weekly, so good for them!

The club has several events coming up in December starting December 3rd with a Senior Men’s Bonspiel, then on the 12th a Tier 55 Men’s spiel and an OCA event from the Dec. 19-21. Check the bulletin board beside the kitchen to see if kitchen volunteers are needed and sign in if you are available.

The next TV coverage of curling will be TSN covering the Canada Cup beginning on December 3rd at 3:30 p.m. with finals December 7th.

If you are shopping for a curler this Christmas check out the club shop for a variety of great gifts at good prices. Also think about tickets to the Ontario Men’s Tankard to be hosted by the Ingersoll Curling Club in early February at the Dorchester Arena. If you buy online, please note your TCC affiliation as the club will receive a portion of the sales once we reach a certain level.

The curling calendar this year features “The Spirit of Curling” (boohoo - no pics of Thomas’ abs this year) with proceeds going to numerous curling related programs or charities. Just some ideas for the curler on your list. Curling rocks!

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