A busy month of curling

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Well here we are only a week into 2017 and I’m already way behind in what I resolved to get done this year!

Since I didn’t manage to get this written before Christmas I thought I could get it done by last week but obviously missed that deadline and now I’m down to the wire to get it into this week’s paper! So let’s get busy!

I want to recap the December draws which are already old news but I like to recognize both the sponsors and the winners. In the Ladies Tuesday Night League the draw sponsored by Twigs Floral Design was won by the team skipped by Nora Peter along with Linda Newman at vice, Dianna Blake second and Bev Moyle at lead.

The Thursday Afternoon Ladies' last five-game draw was sponsored by Country Home Candle and won by Tina VanderWallen-Howey with her team of Diane Burgess, Annie Versteegh and Barb McCorkell.

Just before Christmas the Ladies celebrated their Past Presidents as part of the Yuletide Bonspiel. It had been decided at the Spring Meeting of the ladies to join the Past Presidents bonspiel with the Yuletide bonspiel and the participation of both the presidents that day and the number of curlers taking part shows this was a good decision.

There were eight teams who played a fun six-end game with some unusual scoring methods or things to do each end. The non-curling (“retired”) Past Presidents joined the curlers for a social hour and lunch provided by Indigo Lounge. Of the 48 people present, 28 were past presidents of the Ladies Sections of the club, and six of those had held the position more than one term.

The presidents were recognized with appreciation by those present and it was really great to have so many former curlers join in our Yuletide festivities. During lunch the ladies had a surprise visit from jolly old St. Nick himself and he seemed to have a very good idea about who had been naughty or nice!!

In keeping with the Christmas theme Coyle’s Country Store provided seasonal prizes for both first and second teams. Taking the trophy was the team of Tina VanderWallen-Howey, Ruth McSpadden, Josie DeCloet and Barb McCorkell, and in second place Yonna DiLella, Olga Patterson and TracyKloepfer-Court.

Thanks go out to our volunteers in the kitchen - Win Cull, Ken Patterson and Les Peter.

Conveners Betty Tull and Nora Peter would also like to thank Linda Newman for her beautiful table centerpieces which were given away as door prizes at the end of the day. Also thanks to Trudi Trepanier for her donation to the prize table, Wendy Manson, Linda Allard for help with set-up, Marlene LaMoure for taking charge while we were on the ice and Paul Belcher for making sure we could have Christmas music on the ice - you all contributed to the success of the day. It was a great way to cap the first half of our curling season!

Monday Night Mixed curling had three draws before the Christmas break with a different winner for each draw. The October draw was won by Randy Declercq, Diane Burgess, Sid Abrams and Kim Croker. The November draw went to Ken Patterson and Olga Patterson, Linda Allard and Barb Capel. And the final December draw was captured by Frank VandeSlyke, Tina VanderWallen-Howey, John and Deb Prno.

Our Ho Ho Holiday December draw included a final night ‘hogline ham’ draw with four lucky curlers ‘taking home the bacon or ham’ by drawing closest to the ham set out on the ice. Lots of fun for everyone!

All sections of the club were back in action right after the new year and while they are into the next draw there is always room for more curlers if you are interested. Contact the club at 519-842-4134 or for more info.

Bonspiel Season

Things start to get busier in January as TCC’s bonspiel season kicks off with the 63rd Men’s Tobacco Belt getting started on Friday, Jan. 13th with 16 teams curling for cash prizes in this oldest club bonspiel. Come and watch the curling and support your local teams Friday to Sunday.

Volunteers are needed for the kitchen all weekend so do your bit to help and sign in.

The high school curling teams have been doing well in their leagues with the both Glendale teams undefeated before the break. They will want to continue to do well in 2017 to see if they can capture a WOSSAA title and return to OFSAA competition.

Have been watching curling on TV again and although it’s taken me a while to warm up to a new favorite team I have to say the Gushue team is certainly a favorite now that I don’t have Howard to cheer for.

Just caught the final game of the Meridian Open Grand Slam where Gushue curled a ‘perfect’ game against Niklas Edin of Sweden who has dominated the ice this season. There are so many young teams coming into the mix it’s almost tough to keep up with who’s who and where they are from, especially in the Women’s events. The new young teams are certainly developing quickly into front runners and are pretty fearless in their shot-making.

To see Homan and Koe not make the playoffs is a real surprise when you think of the experience and skill on those two teams. This week brings the Continental Cup coverage to TSN. This is being played again in Las Vegas, and both the World team and the North American team will be very strong. This is a fun event for the curlers, although there is money at stake and the World team will be out to regain the title.

Watch the Mixed Doubles competition to get a look at the new Olympic event and an understanding of how it’s played. It will be another curling filled weekend!

Curling rocks! 



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