December 2016 Newsletter

Greetings everyone,  

It's December already!!! Time sure does fly by!!!! Many thanks to Audrey Johnston, Linda Matson, Bernice Zigomanis and Hermine Flynn for making the club so festive looking. We appreciate all of your efforts!!

Curling will continue right up to Thursday evening, December 22nd. There will be a short break over the Christmas holidays and then curling will commence on the 2nd of January with Daytime Ladies playing at 1:30 pm, Special Olympics at 3:30 pm and the Monday Men's at 6:45 and 9:00 pm.

Roster:

The 2016 - 17 roster is available at the club. There should be enough copies for each household. They are sitting on the counter just inside the main lounge in a cardboard box. Also, if you had indicated that you would like a paid receipt for your curling dues, they too are in the same box as the rosters. If your receipt is not there or you would like a copy of it please let me know and I'll get you a copy.

Steak Night:

Mark Friday, December 9th on your calendar as it is our next Steak Night fundraiser. The Men's section is working that evening and we expect a large crowd. The BBQ will be ready to cook on by 5:30 pm. Sign up sheet is located on the main floor.

Bonspiels:

DeNure Bonspiel: Report from Darlene McIntyre

Our DeNure Tours women's Open Bonspiel was held on November 16th with teams from Bobcaygeon, Whitby, Ennismore, Lakefield, Oakwood and Lindsay. The team of Gayle White, Kathy Reid, Sharon Stafford and Susan Plant from the Ennismore Club finished in first place. Two Lindsay teams finished fourth and fifth. Congratulations to Mary Auld and Marj Smith who finished fourth and fifth respectively. We appreciate the continuing sponsorship of DeNure Tours and were happy to have Dorothy DeNure join us for the trophy and prize presentations.

Thanks to all who contributed to the success of the Bonspiel including those who provided morning treats and draw prizes. A shout-out to Anne Rodd, Diane Argue, Terry Lenhardt, Audrey Johnston and Shirley Richardson for their help in the morning and to Mary McKay for helping throughout the day. Carole Douglas and Faye Clarke kept everyone happy with delicious after-game snacks. Arol Fairbairn once again ably acted as our draw master. Many thanks also to Dave, Mark, Nathan as well as the "Bar Guys", Bob and Anthony for helping to make the day a success.

A special "Thank You" goes out to Linda Foss and Denise Winterton who looked after many of the behind-the-scenes responsibilities, which made my job so much easier. Great job everyone!

Patron President Bonspiel:

Eighteen teams played Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of the second last week of November in the Patron President Bonspiel. Seventy-two curlers from the Lindsay Curling Club took part in this annual "in-club" bonspiel. This bonspiel is sponsored by our Patron (Don Huff) and our President (Wendy Findlay) and money collected from our weekly Men's 50/50 Draw. The teams are made up of men and women from all of the various sections of our club and they competed together over the three evenings. Our overall three game high winner (Patron Winner) was the team skipped by Diane Jenkins, Vice, Lawrence Gagnon, 2nd, John Monk and Lead, Gary Ralph. The President's winner was Mark West, Lawrence Drummond, Katie McLaughlin and Steve Woodcock. Congratulations to these top two three games winners.

Doug Scott, Mark Fevang and myself have been running this spiel for a number of years and we all take great pleasure in drawing up the teams from a blind draw and watching folks from different leagues meeting each other and playing together on the same team, often, for the very first time. That is what makes this bonspiel so unique and fun to play in!! We hope that everyone had a great time and we look forward to running it again next year.

Over the years the spiel has had a full compliment of 24 teams. However, we have noticed a drop in participation and we are looking at the format of the bonspiel and possibly there will be a change made for next year to get it back to being filled. There has been a few suggestions made and one of them is to run the spiel on a Saturday rather than three nights during the week. Another suggestion was to keep the same nights but reduced the number of ends played to just 6 ends. This wouldn't make it as late in the evening for the later draw. We would probably be off the ice at the very latest 10:15 pm. This may be a better alternative and get the bonspiel back to twenty four teams. If you have any other suggestions or if you think one of these two suggestions would create more interest and participation please pop by the office or let Mark Fevang or Doug Scott know.

Lockers:

As you are aware, our Lindsay Curling club is hosting the Provincial Senior Men and Women's competition in February 2017. Teams from all over Ontario will be attending. As the host club, we are required to provide locker space to the visiting teams. We may need your assistance in this endeavour. We will be notifying you in early January if your locker is required. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation of this inconvenience.

Name Tags:

Just a note to those who ordered name tags that they are in and can be picked up at the LCC office. The total cost is $10.00. If others wish to have a name tag please let me know and I'll place another order in the new year.

Lindsay Curling Club "Share The Wealth”:

Last month marked our second club wide "Share the Wealth" draw. For the entire week members could participate by dropping a toonie in the wooden bin and writing their name by their favourite number on the accompanying sheet. You could enter as often as you liked just as long as you paid $2.00 per line. At the end of the week we had $300.00 in the pot and the winners shared 50 percent of the winnings 60/40. Watch for our next club wide "Share the Wealth" draw beginning the week of December 12th. Congratulations to Dave Meyers ($90.00) and Kim Ross ($60.00) as their numbers were drawn.

OCA Events:

At the Travelers Curling Club National Championships in Kelowna, British Columbia, Team Ontario comprised of our very own Julie O'Neill, Lisa Jones, Susan Cully and Tracy Hiddink played their hearts out and after round robin play had a record of 5 wins and only one loss within their pool. This record tied them with Team Alberta and Team Nova Scotia. The tie could not be broken by head to head play and the teams draw to the button total broke the tie. Team O'Neill played in the quarter finals and defeated team Newfoundland/Labrador and advanced to the semi finals to play Team Alberta. Unfortunately, they lost that game and played in the bronze medal game against Team Quebec. The girls gave it their all, but unfortunately, the game did not go their way. Regardless, these four ladies kept us glued to our computers and on the edge our seats for the week long competition and they need to know that we are all extremely proud of them and their efforts. What a thrill it must have been to put on their Ontario Curling jackets for the very first time and know that they were representing our province and our club at the National Championships!!!! It was a tremendous accomplishment and one that they will never forget!!!!

Thank you ladies for creating quite a buzz around the club and the community for the weeks leading up to and during the National Championship. One of our members was speaking to one of the head officials at the National Championship who told him and I quote, "The Ontario ladies were the classiest team in the field". Great job ladies!!! You did Lindsay Curling Club proud!!!

It was also brought to my attention that the Lindsay Curling Club will be receiving $1000.00 as our club was one of the four clubs drawn in the "The Love of Curling Fundraising Contest" that was ran in conjunction with the Travelers National Curling Club Championships. We will put that prize winnings to good use.

OCA Events: (continued)

On November 26th and 27th Lindsay Curling Club hosted the Tim Hortons Master Men's Qualifying Competition. There were nine teams competing to move on to the Provincial Qualifiers being held at the Unionville Curling Club on December 3rd and 4th. Congratulations to Dave Nigh, Jim Scott, Lyle Cully and Denis Johnston who are moving on to the next level. The team would like to thank Ralph Mutton who filled in for Lyle Cully over the weekend. Good Luck and Good Curling at the Provincial Qualifier this coming weekend.

We will have several Lindsay teams participating in various OCA Events over the next month. I will keep you posted to the events and the Lindsay teams that have entered them. All of our teams who have entered OCA Events appreciate the ever present support they receive from our members. Good luck one and all!!

Best Western Women's Challenge at the Sutton Curling Club, December 3 - 4
Emma Ireland, Diane Jenkins, Katie McLaughlin and Lynn Joyce
Angie Melaney, Kristine Mitchell, Chrystal Leavens and Julie Schley

Fairfield Marriott Men's Challenge at the Sutton Curling Club, December 3 - 4
Tim Raven, Mark West, Nathan West and Chris Miles

Verve Grandmasters Zones at the Lindsay Curling Club, December 7, 8,9 and 12
Don Huff, John Baldry, Keith Olan and Roger LeBlanc

Senior Men Qualifiers at the Scarboro Golf & Country Club, December 9 - 11
Dave Nigh, Jim Scott, Lyle Cully and Andy Hiddink

Scotties Tournament of Hearts Qualifier at the Oshawa Curling Club, December 16 - 19
Angie Melaney, Tara Stephen, Kristine Mitchell and Julie Schley

Men's Tankard Qualifier at the Barrie Curling Club, December 16 - 18
John Bolton, Jason Whitehill, Tyler Jones, and Shawn Amyotte

Watch for more updates as we move through the OCA calendar of events.

Reminders for your Calendar:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 7, Thurs. Dec. 8, Friday, Dec. 9th and if needed Mon. Dec. 12 at Lindsay Curling Club - Verve Grand Masters Zone Event - Spectators Welcome (9:30 am & 1:30 pm)
  • Friday, December 9 - Steak Night organized by the Men's Section - Be sure to sign up!! BBQ will be ready by 5:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 22 - Last day of curling in 2016
  • Friday, December 23 to Sunday, January 1, 2017 - The Club is closed for the Christmas Break which will allow Mark to conduct Ice Maintenance
  • Monday, January 2nd - Regular League play beginning with Day Ladies at 1:30 pm
  • Sunday, January 8th - Youth Curling Resumes
 

That's about all for now. Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year!!!!

Dave