Nora Peter - From the Hack
As mean Mother Nature hits us with one last (I hope) blast of cold, ice and snow it seems fitting that I’m writing my final column hunkered down for the weekend trying to stay warm and oh yeah there’s still curling to watch on TV if the power doesn’t go out.
One thing I haven’t heard this year from my curling friends is how many times they have already been out golfing!
All championship trophies have now been awarded in the different leagues of the club. The Monday Mixed League was the first to declare winners with the Peter Burns team of Shirley Ireland, Sid Abram and Kim Croker going undefeated through the round robin draw to gain the Scotia Bank Mixed Championship trophy. Second place was a tough fight in this draw with several teams in the running but when the games were over Ken Patterson with wife Olga and front end Chris and Sandy Buchner came through with the top points. It was a good end to the season, we have a great sponsor in Scotia Bank, a bunch of fun curlers and we had a good time.
The Ladies were the next league to declare winners during that final week. On Tuesday night teams were competing for the Servicemaster Trophy. Tina Vanderwallen –Howey along with Virginia Verhoeve, Trudi Czerwinski and Erika Ostrowercha were the trophy winners, with Dorell Clark, Ruth McSpadden, Diana Blake, and Kim Mc Kibbon taking second and Betty Tull and her team of Linda Newman, Bev Moyle and Joy White coming in third. Thank you to ServiceMaster for their continued generosity and support. The ladies are still looking at increasing their membership and hope that they can increase the interest in their league next year. The Ladies had their Dinner Meeting April 26th at the club.
The Thursday Ladies curled next and awarded the Bert Mooney Memorial Trophy to Tina Vanderwallen-Howey and her team of Shirley Ireland, Olga Patterson and Marilynn Smith. Second place went to Jean Donck, Diane Burgess, Isabel Brown/ Annie Versteegh and Bev Moyle. The curlers acknowledged the long-time sponsorship of the trophy by Bert Mooney and her family. The ladies had their season-ending pot-luck lunch after their games which was the usual success. The league would also like to thank the McLaughlin girls who own Shaw’s Ice Cream and Cardio Plus for their donations of gift certificates as prizes for their draw.
The Thursday Men’s League was the last to declare champions hitting the ice on Thursday night. Win’s masterful calculations had Paul Walker pitted against Dennis Carter in the championship game. It was a close game that saw the Walker rink defeat Carter and his team. Curling with Paul Walker as vice was Larry Beattie, second Charlie Dykxhoorn and lead George Beard. The Les Peter team defeated the Ken Patterson rink to finish 3rd. The final dubious honour of the night went to the Dave Ireland rink who won the rite to do everyone’s supper dishes. It was mentioned that though he was unsuccessful in this draw, Dave and his team had a very good year on the Tier 55 circuit and should have lots of meat in the freezer for barbeque season. The men finished the night with their annual “burn your own steak” dinner. Thanks to Home Hardware for the use of their canopy they had some protection from the elements! A good season that brought in some new faces, the men hope everyone will return for next fall.
So that’s a wrap for the club for everything except the Annual General Meeting to come in May when members need to take responsibility for the running of the club. People are needed to serve on the Board of Directors, run Leagues, Bonspiels, help with membership, the kitchen etc. Everyone can offer up help in some way but don’t wait for someone else to do it because we seem to be running out of people willing to take on responsibility. At least offer comments, suggestions, new ideas, constructive criticism, the club won’t be there without some new volunteers.
As I write this I am also watching the final Men’s game of the Player’s Championship. Not sure if we will finally see the Edin team go down to a Canadian team or not. Thought last night that Gushue was going to be third time lucky but he blew it, so now perhaps Koe can redeem his poor Olympic showing by ending Edin’s win streak! And speaking of win streaks, Jennifer Jones and team are on a 27 game win streak which was almost ended by Einarson in the semis but Einarson missed an easy draw for the win and Jones stole her way into the final against the US Sinclair team. I hope she keeps it going. If you’re sorry to see the end of curling for the season you have one more Grand Slam before April ends- the Champions Cup featuring 15 men's and women's teams. Lots of changes in teams for next year- should be interesting. By the way we enjoyed our time watching curling in Vegas, did not make it on the tube but the fans that did were far more outlandish than our simple, subtle TSN sign saying hello to TBurg!! Curling Rocks!
Update: Jennifer Jones' winning streak was ended when Sinclair of the US beat her and her team in the final of the Player's Cup. Koe did redeem himself coming through with a win in the final in the Player's Cup. At the Humpty Champions Cup in Calgary the final slam of the season saw Rachel Homan and her team final worked they way back to a winning note and finished their season on a positive note defeating the Einarson team in the final. Homan had a couple of big comebacks in her games leading up to the win. The season ended saying goood bye to several teams and players like Jill Officer and Mark Kennedy from the Koe team. A surprise in the final of the Mens side of this event was Glenn Howard and his team who defeated team Mouat, the young new Scottish team, to get into the final against Gushue. Next year will bring many new teams for the next four year Olympic cycle. The first Grand Slam event is in Chatham in September.
A quick update on the club, the Ladies had their end of the year dinner/meeting where happily Olga Patterson agreed to step into the Presidents position and several other people agreed to take on other positions or continue with the jobs they have been doing . Well done ladies!
Annual General Meeting
Now the rest of the club has the AGM on Sunday May 27th at 6:30 where you can do your part to keep the club up and running for next season. Come to the meeting offer up your concerns, ideas etc. want to see a doubles league? want a learn to curl league, more fun nights- let's talk about it! See you there.