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Nora Peter – From the Hack

Curling is well underway in Tillsonburg with all leagues up and running but still looking for more curlers to fill the ice.

This past weekend the club kicked off its bonspiel calendar hosting the first ever E&E McLaughlin Ltd / Zeplyn Enterprises Inc. Open Mixed Bonspiel. Billed as a pre-Grey Cup warm-up, this football themed day was a great success and the conveners hope this success will help fill two draws next year.

The eight teams vying for the new trophies included a variety of curlers from the TCC Mixed and Rec Leagues, from our sister club in Ingersoll, from Windsor, and even a few non-curlers. It made for a good mix of people and the noise level in the club went up a few decibels during our off-ice times together.

There were two games for the draw and we came out with two two-game winners. Our sponsor Sid Abrams of Zeplyn Enterprises was on hand to award his trophy to the high winner the Coors Light Curlers from Ingersoll, who may have had an advantage reading the ice with our club ice tech Dale Fanset calling the shots and his son Travis sweeping on the front end! The E&E McLaughlin trophy went to the other two-game winner from our home club, Greig’s Blonde Bombers, and was presented by convener Les Peter on behalf of McLaughlin’s. The glass football also went home with the Fanset team, not sure if the winner Shawna Bezaire will get it all the way back to Windsor!

Several bonspielers were the happy winners of excellent door prizes sponsored by Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm, Mister Autowash, DRT Promotions, and Greig and Wendy Manson. For the inaugural event, this bonspiel was a great day – lots of fun, good curling, super food and especially wonderful sponsors. Thanks go out to the teams that supported the spiel, to conveners Greig and Wendy Manson, Les and Nora Peter and the club volunteers who helped with the kitchen duties. Same time next year!

In other club firsts, thanks go out to the members who put the Christmas parade float together and braved the wet weather to walk the route. Special thanks to Matt and George Beard who created the giant curling rock for the float!

Community Service Bonspiel

The next bonspiel in the club is the long-running Community Service Bonspiel which takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 6 with two draws starting at 2 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. This is the second-longest running bonspiel held in our club and the only one that continues to have the same sponsored trophy. This is a very special spiel because several years ago sponsor Good, Redden Klosler opted to stop giving out prizes to the curlers and instead prize monies ($1000 per draw) are given out for each draw in the form of four checks to local projects, charities and organizations as chosen by the individual teams with the winners being drawn from the hat.

On the ice the Community Service Bonspiel games are played to see who wins ‘the trophy,’ to have some fun and to introduce the community to the game of curling. Teams do not have to be members of the curling club to participate and can enter or receive more info from Good Redden Klosler at 519-842-4246. Get your entries in as soon as possible to guarantee a spot.

Yuletide Bonspiel

The Ladies Yuletide Past-Presidents Bonspiel is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 21. All past presidents and former members are invited to participate in both the curling and the lunch. For more information you can contact Nora Peter at 688-2328 or Betty Tull at 773-5123.

The first draw of the Monday Mixed League finished with Greig and Wendy Manson, Bob West and Liz Czomba in first place and the second draw will finish this week. Conveners Les and Nora Peter are looking for more curlers to fill up the draw. If interested please call the Peters at 519-688-2328.

There has already been a fair amount of television coverage of curling this season but it will really hit the limelight as the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings begins this weekend in Ottawa. Eight teams of both Men and Women will vie for the right to represent Canada at the Olympics. TSN will carry complete coverage of the playdowns beginning Saturday at 2 p.m. Canada is the reigning gold medalists in both men’s and women’s Olympic curling and expectations are high for a repeat in 2018 especially with Homan and Gushue taking gold medals in the World Curling Championships last season. I have no predictions of which teams will come through the Roar but it is a strong slate of teams who need to peak at the right time. It should be interesting.

I will end on a sad note here as our club has lost one of our Honorary Members with the passing of Lloyd Priester recently. Lloyd was a founding member of the club in 1954 and an avid curler well into his 80’s.