Nora Peter - From the Hack
The Tillsonburg Curling Club Ladies Bronze Broom Bonspiel celebrated its 40th year last week in fine ‘rubied’ style.
Sixteen teams played in the two game, two draw bonspiel. Four local teams played host to 12 out of town teams from Ilderton, Aylmer, Ingersoll, Simcoe, Guelph, Ayr, London and Norwich.
For several of the curlers the ruby-colored tam representing this 40th year of the bonspiel was added to a collection of more than 20 tams - I counted 28 on one skip - proudly displayed on their jackets or banners for the day. Thank you to Betty Tull and friends for continuing the ‘tam’ tradition by getting together to hand-make them each year.
This year’s bonspiel chair, Ferne Taggart, thanked our wonderful sponsors - Tim Hortons and Ostrander’s Funeral Home - for their support and extended her thanks to all the club curlers who contributed to the draw baskets, morning goodies and volunteered their help on the day of the spiel. Without the sponsors and our volunteers the spiel would not be such a successful event.
At the end of the day, three local teams shared the ruby glow of the winner’s circle. From the early draw, Betty Tull along with Linda Newman, Dorell Clark and Olga Patterson finished in first place, while Wendy Young returned ‘home’ to curl with her old teammates Shirley Ireland, Tracy Beattie and Isabel Brown placing a close second.
In third place on this draw was the Dallyce Southern team out of Ilderton. On the late draw, Linda Allard who curls here in Tillsonburg brought in her former club teammates from Guelph and finished first on her draw but also with the highest points. Her team was the overall trophy winner taking home the Tim Hortons trophy.
Also on this draw, Judy Oryniak's team from Ilderton placed second and local skip Tina VanderWallen-Howey and her team of Carole Stephenson, Wendy Manson and Marilyn Dykxhoorn finished third.
With some good curling, some good food, some reminiscing and laughter the 40th Bronze Broom continued the legacy of success and looks forward to a new decade next year!