November 2014 Newsletter

Hello everyone,

It is hard to believe we are already into the month of November. All of our leagues are well on there way and we have already hosted two bonspiels and one OCA event. Thank you to all of our league convenors for organizing their respective leagues. It takes a lot of time and effort to put together the different leagues and we thank them for all of the hours of preparation. We welcome all the new members to the club and hope that you will enjoy your first year with us. If you have any questions regarding your leagues or the club please do not hesitate to ask. It sure has been a great start to the 2014/15 curling season.

OCA The Travelers Club Championships:

The Travelers Club Championships, the first OCA event of the year, started Friday, October 24th and concluded on Sunday, October 26th here at our club. There were 22 teams, 13 men's teams and 9 ladies teams from Zone 5 and 6 participating in this event. We had two Lindsay rinks participating as well. On the Men's side we had the team of Adrian VanderWeilen, Henry Jetten, Dan Reynolds and Anthony Jetten and on the Ladies side we had Brenda Burnett, Noreen Moore, Susan Ledoux and Marg Preston. Both teams represented our club very well, however, the eventual winning rinks were Sue McKnight's team from Port Perry and Gord Norton's team from Annandale. Spectators were treated to
some impressive shot making by all the participating teams over the weekend event.

I would like to share with you a report written by our OCA Reps Sue Ledoux and John Baldry.

"Dear Members,

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making the Travelers Curling Club Championship playdowns for Zones 5 & 6 such a huge success. The Lindsay Curling Club hosted 22 teams (13 Men's & 9 Women's teams) on the weekend of October 24th to 26th.

Because of the incredible dedication of our workers and volunteers the entire event ran smoothly. Thanks to Mark, Nathan and Nicky for the amazing ice. Many thanks to our Club Manager, Dave Nigh for tending to all of the details, both large and small. Steve Whitehill, our new Zone O.C.A. rep. did a great job of setting up the draw schedule, keeping track of all of the games, and posting the scores on the OCA website. Thanks to Bob Widdis who manned the bar, bringing in about $1800 in sales.

Thanks to Deb Hatch, for coordinating all of the meals and snacks provided throughout the weekend. The Day Ladies, lead by Terry Lenhardt did a fantastic job of providing meals for both curlers and spectators throughout the weekend. Her kitchen helpers included: Judy Terrill, Judy MacLean, Pat Clarke, Sandy Widdis, Carol Hick, Sherry Richardson and Mary Auld. Diana Rogers, Nikki Dedes, Bonnie Steele, Pat Clarke, Shirley Richardson, Judy MacLean, Carol Douglas, Carol Hick and Sandra Widdis all contributed dessert squares. Any sandwiches that were not sold were donated to A Place Called Home. Thank you ladies for not only supporting the club, but giving back to the community.

Thank you to the Tuesday Night Women who contributed breakfast treats that were served as hospitality to the curlers on both Saturday & Sunday mornings. Pat Boyd, Wendy Findlay, Brooke Findlay, Kim Ross and Marilyn O'Reilly gave Deb Hatch a helping hand in the kitchen. The curlers appreciated having meals available at the club.

On top of all of the food, drink and socializing – there was some good curling. Thanks to the team of Adrian VanderWielen, Henry Jetten, Anthony Jetten & Dan Reynolds for representing our men; and to Brenda Burnett, Noreen Moore, Sue Ledoux & Marg Preston for representing our women on the ice. Congratulations to the winning teams who will be representing Zones 5 & 6 at the Provincials at the Cornwall Curling Centre, October 31 – November 2, 2014:

MEN: Gord Norton's team from the Annandale Golf & Country Club

WOMEN: Susan McKnight's team from the Port Perry Community Curling Club.

We would like to offer a special thank you to June Widdis, Marj Smith, Anita Allen and Frank Smith who took turns assisting with the club's O.C.A. responsibilities. Thanks as well to 'the Board' for the new count down timer - it worked well and made us look even more professional. All events ran smoothly and on time – A job well done!

Thanks to everyone who came out to watch the curling, it was great to see so many members supporting our club. It is impossible to thank everyone – so if we missed thanking you by name – you know who you are and that your contribution is appreciated.

One out of town curler was heard praising our ice, the rocks, our facilities and the warmth of our members. She added that she could see herself and her husband moving to Lindsay and joining our club upon retirement. What more can be said. This club has a tradition of tremendous volunteer participation. Once again you rose to the occasion to make this event a great success.

With sincere thanks,

John Baldry and Sue Ledoux
Your O.C.A. Club Representatives"

Well Done Lindsay Curling Club!!!! As you can see many volunteers are needed to host an event and you all helped to make this first of many OCA events a tremendous success. Thank you!!!

On another note, in an earlier newsletter John and Sue offered to organize an OCA Instructional Clinic for our members. There have been 10 responses for the clinic so far. If interested please contact the Club office as soon as possible so we can make the necessary arrangements for the clinic.

Name Tags:

Some of our members have been inquiring about Lindsay Curling Club name tags. I am presently creating a list of names for those who wish to place an order and buy a name tag. The cost is $10.00 (tax included) and I'll wait until the end of November to place the order. If anyone would like to order a name tag please contact the LCC office or call 705-324-3851.

Ethel and Jeanette's Get Acquainted Bonspiel:

On October 22nd the "Ethel and Jeanette's Get Acquainted Bonspiel" had 48 curlers take place in a fun filled day of curling. The ladies were treated to muffins/snacks and coffee to begin the day and then a nice meal prepared by Dianne's Country Kitchen. The 12 teams had two games and the eventual trophy winner was Brenda Burnett, Joyce McCulloch, Donna Fournier and Elaine Elliott.. Congratulations ladies! On behalf of the Bonspiel Committee we would like to thank the curlers, volunteers and all who contributed their time in any way to a very successful day. We need to take the time to thank the organizing committee of Bev McMillan, Pat Boyd and Jean Kyle who worked extremely hard to make this opening bonspiel a great start to the new curling season.

Bonspiels:

DeNure's Ladies Bonspiel is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19th. There will be two draws beginning at 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The bonspiel consists of 2 eight-end games, morning treats, a hot lunch and dessert. All this for just $160.00 per team. Closing date for entries is November 12th so do not delay or it may be too late. For more information call Darlene McIntyre (705-324-9339) or Lynn Kimmett (705-324-0479). Watch for a sign up sheet to assist in the kitchen or to assist providing morning treats. As always, spectators are welcome!

Home Hardware Mixed Bonspiel is being held on Saturday, November 22nd. There are two draws of two eight end games beginning at 9:00 and then at 11:00 am. There will be a lunch offered at a modest cost and dinner. The entry fee for this bonspiel is $120.00. We already have several out of town teams signed up and we are looking for at least 20 teams. So get your registration form from the bulletin board in the club or go online to the Club website ( www.lindsaycurling.com ) and run off a copy for yourself from the posted Bonspiel list. Don't miss out on this fun event!

The Patron/President Bonspiel is an in-club spiel for all members of the LCC. It begins on Monday, November 24th and runs again on the 26th and the 27th during the evening. Sign up sheet is in the club on the portable bulletin board. Feel free to sign up as a skip, vice, second or lead. Teams will be made up by a blind draw. There will be pizza served on either Wednesday or Thursday night after the 6:45 Draw. There are cash prizes given out to teams of each draw and a trophy presented to the three game winner who has the highest points overall. Wait, here comes the best of all!! It's absolutely free!!! Money for pizza and cash prizes is provided by a cash donation from our President (David Wells) and the Patron of the Club ( Bill Charlton ) as well as the Men's Section 50/50 Draw. So don't delay sign up now for the Patron/President Bonspiel.

Reminders for your Calendar:

November 2........................Youth Curling Begins (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

November 7........................Steak Night (5:00 pm start)

November 19......................DeNure's Ladies Bonspiel

November 22......................Home Hardware Open Mixed Bonspiel

November 24, 26 & 27......Patron President Bonspiel

November 29 & 30............OCA Event Master Men plus Junior Men and Women

Speeding up the Game:

Now that the Lindsay Curling Club is using a countdown clock to regulate the length of a game here are a few ways to keep the game moving and also to play all 8 ends within the given time limit..

1. Be on the ice 5 minutes before game time. This allows for handshakes, warm-up slides, coin toss and still allows you to start on time.

2. Sweepers should get out their own player’s next rock if they are able to get to it faster than their player. If your teammate has to get their slider on, or your skip is coming down the ice, get the rock out for them while you’re waiting.

3. As soon as the opposing player has released their stone, the next player to throw should move quickly to the hack. Clean the rock and set up so when your skip takes control of the house, you are ready to throw.

4. At the beginning of an end, if you do not have hammer, your lead should not help to put the rocks away. Instead, the lead should find their rock, get in the hack, clean their rock and be prepared to throw as soon as the skip is at the other end.

5. Other than at the end of the game, rocks do not need to be put away in order (this one is hard for many people to let go of). Simply putting the rocks neatly in the corners and not worrying about number order saves a lot of time. If you are compulsive about putting rocks away in order skips can help by putting rocks that are out of play in their appropriate place as the end progresses.

6. Skips must stay focused on the next shot and not be chatting with the opposing skip or players on adjacent sheets.

7. Skips could call a simpler game. Simple strategy usually means simpler shots with a higher execution rate which is good for our confidence as club level curlers. It also means there is less likelihood of having a million rocks in play which lead to complex, multi-option situations where too much deliberation about the next shot occurs.

Try them all, try a few, but pick up the pace. It makes our sport more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Well that's all for now,

Dave Nigh