Sixty-four men (16 teams) enjoyed last weekend curling in the Men's 3 day Skyline bonspiel held at our club. Sponsors of the four events included Haliburton Lumber, Dawson Insurance, Curry Chevrolet Buick GMC and Walker's Home Hardware. Foodland sponsored the "closest to the button" contest. The playoffs were very close and the following are the first and second place teams from each event:
Event A Steve Colliver - 1st place Owen Duhaime (Haliburton) 2nd place. Steve had his brother, Brent, and their two sons, Chris and Jessie play in the spiel. They have been making this a tradition to come as a father and son team for a couple years now. Owen had Tyler Warham as vice, his dad, Russ as second and lead, Sam Pilcher.
Event B Rick Lauzon - 1st place from London Curling Club. Second place was earned by Dave Connell (Haliburton). Dave had Dan Busby as vice, Dave Ogilvie as second and Dave Luke as lead.
Event C Rod Evans - 1st place from Oshawa Curling Club. Second place went to Matt Glandfield and his team from St. George's.
Event D Bob Johnston - 1st place from Haliburton Curling Club. On Bob's team was vice, Andy Gruppe, second, Bob MacNaull and lead, Tom Merriman. Second place went to a team from Bala skipped by Bob McNeil. Peter Byer (from Haliburton was on this team).
Convenor, Wayne Hussey, was very pleased with the event. Congratulations to all our Haliburton teams!
Congratulations to Haliburton Curling Club for accumulating the most points to gain the prize possession of the Interclub trophy. The fun rivalry between ourselves and the fine curlers at Minden Curling Club dates back a number of years. On Tues. Jan. 11th in Minden, our curlers sealed the deal by having two of our teams win first and third in their draw and first overall for the day. We had hosted the spiel back in November where all 6 Haliburton teams won their draws!
A shout out to skip Mary Hillaby and her team of vice, Rick Dingman, second, Donna Smith and lead, Larry Jones for winning both their games (a draw to the button on the second game was a little daunting, however, the shot was made and the game was won). Kent Milford and his team of vice, Glen Smith, second, Lesley Milford and lead, Sue Pettitt placed third in their draw which all helped to seal the deal and win the coveted trophy for our club.
Congratulations to everyone who played in these two spiels. They are a lot of fun, good friendships are treasured, and lasting memories are made . Check out the picture gallery for pictures of this event.
As of Thursday, Feb. 4th, all leagues will be playing. Take care driving and if you can't make it because your roads are snowy or icy, call your skip or use the "My Teams" link on the Member's home page and send all your teammates an email to let them know your status. Safety is first and foremost.
The club would like to thank the many of you who give of your time, talents and advice to help make the Haliburton Curling Club just an awesome place to be. Virtually every member has a huge impact on our club. It is impossible to recognize all of the incredible contributions and our apologies for those we may miss however, we'd like to specifically note the following people:
- Our ice technician - John Watson is our club manager who provides us with great service and ice conditions.
- Our ice makers - Ron Draper, Mitch Stephen, Doug Wagg, and Brian Murison who support John and all the members.
- Our Executive - Mary Hillaby, Kent Milford, Wanda Ruddy, Sue Mason, Ferne Taylor, Ron Draper, Dave Moss, Mitch Stephen, Mike King and Harvey Bates who work tirelessly on behalf of all the members to create a safe and secure place to come and curl. Past President, Rick Ashall and Bookkeeper, Garry Bradshaw should also be complimented.
- Our Sponsors - see the sponsor list under the menu heading "Club". Their generous donation of an ice ad contribute greatly to the funding of our club. The group led by Mike Johnson travelled all over the county to get our sponsors - Harvey Bates, Ray Baker, Bruce Martin and Terry Lawrence were part of this group.
- Our Drawmasters - Garth Krieger, Keith Clarkson, Bob Johnston, Bob and Anne MacNaull, John and Lynn Childs, Harvey Bates, Don Wetmore, Brian Murison, Wanda Ruddy who lead our leagues and develop teams, schedules, update standings, and deal with all your questions and comments. These leaders provide valuable feedback to the Board.
- Our Bonspiel committees- including "Meet and Greet" (Mary Hillaby), "Creak and Groan" (Wanda Ruddy), "Battle of the Lakes II" (Kent and Lesley Milford), "Men's Skyline" (Wayne Hussey), "Todd's Independent Invitational Mixed" (Mary Hillaby, Bob Johnston), "Curl for Care" (Bob MacNaull), "Highland Lassie" (Mary Hillaby, Lynn Childs, Sue Mason), "Haliburton/Minden Interclub" (Rick Ashall), "Four Town Women's" (Marilou Mizzan, Sandra Duchemin), "Four Town Men's" (Rod Pearson), and the "Jack Robertson" (Art Dawson).
- Our Soup and Sandwich crew - Sue Mason, Dianne Kelly, Sue Pettitt, Glenda Wakely, Mary Anne Hodgson, Lorraine Virgin, Mary Morton, Melanie Blodgett, Helen Baker, Lolita Mitchell, Anne Bates, Shirley Dingman, Donna Smith, Elaine Anderson, Beryl Rasmus, Bev Martin, Lynn Bartlett, Ann Piazza, Alison Curtis, Marilyn Wagg, and Pat Foley. These ladies provide a wonderful luncheon every Monday for the curlers.
- Our coaches - John Smillie, John Childs, Dave Moss, Wanda Ruddy, Ron Draper, Dave Ablett, along with competitive coaches, Hugh Nicol, Terry Lawrence, Bob MacNaull and Alexis David, all provide excellent guidance and expertise to our members (both the youth curlers and league members). Several training clinics are provided throughout the year. "Just in Time" curling practice is run by Don Critchley on two Sundays every month.
- Our Youth program coaches - Bob MacNaull, Hugh Nicol, Dave Ogilvie, Dave Ablett, Lolita Mitchell, Don Critchley, Terry Lawrence, Alexis David, Aggie Tose, Bob Johnston, Russ Duhaime, and Ron Draper who provide all the young curlers (aged 9 - 16) with expert training every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and/or take teams to bonspiels.
- Our Rental co-odinator- Debra Dart provides an excellent service for the community by organizing dates for events, parties, meetings, potlucks, showers, and weddings at our club throughout the year.
- Our club services - Karen Draper and catering teams led by Candy Robinson, Darla Searle, and Karen Saunders.
- Our Home and Cottage Show committee - Previous years successfully led by Wayne Hussey and the upcoming year, June 3 - 5, 2016, the manager is Rick Ashall along with Dave Moss, Dave Taylor, Garry Bradshaw and Mary Hillaby. The many, many volunteers that comprise of almost 100 members help with this major event.
- Our Website administrators - Kent Milford, Mary Hillaby, Cheryl Smillie and all the drawmasters keep members and the public informed of all the events, registration, team information and much, much more.
Without the support of ALL our members, the Haliburton Curling Club would not be as wonderful a place to come and have a great game, meet lots of people and have a good lunch, cup of coffee or beer. Thank you so much!
The Haliburton Curling Club youth program would like to thank the club and its members for their support. In our youth program there are currently 36 elementary school curlers, 9 of whom are new to the program, as well as 3 Bantam teams and 9 high school curlers in club leagues. This is fantastic!
The curlers are coached by club volunteers, and two students. The convenor and coach of the youth program is Bob MacNaull who proudly recognizes the hard work and determination put forth by a dedicated group of coaches and volunteers that come out every week to help. Many thanks are extended to Dave Ablett, Melanie Aldom, Linda Boore, Don Critchley, Alexis David, Russ Duhaime, Bob Johnston, Terry Lawrence, Anne MacNaull, Lolita Mitchell, Hugh Nicol, Dave Oglivie, Aggie Tose and Nancy Walker. In the coming months, the goal is to further improve everyone's skills and to introduce competitive curling to some of the curlers while maintaining an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment for all.
The elementary school curlers and bantams will be playing in a bonspiel at the Haliburton Curling Club on Saturday, December, 5, 2015. Other events are being considered to prepare them for the Ontario provincial elementary school championships (Timbits 2016) being held in Gananoque in April. The bantam and high school curlers are attending bonspiels in preparation for the Ontario Curling Association (O.C.A.) playdowns that take place early in 2016.
The Haliburton Curling Club youth program also wishes to thank individuals and businesses for their sponsorship of the bus service from J.Douglas Hodgson Elementary School to the curling club each Tuesday. The curlers arrive warm, dry, and on time. Many thanks to Dawson Gray Chartered Accountants, Haliburton Highlands Family Health Team, First Student Canada, Todd's Independent, James & Bernice Elstone, Dr. Ed Smolen, John & Linda Boore, Craig Bowker, Andrea Burk, Cathryn Davis-Chumbley, Catherine & Robin Gervais, Marc Jones, Caroline Koolstra, Carolyn Lewis, Amanda Manning, Angela McGreevy, Jenny Miller, Tom Parish, Tidey Tree Care and Kelly Wilson.
Club members are encouraged to come out any Tuesday or Thursday afternoon between 4:00pm and 5:30pm to watch these fine young curlers. Well done, everyone!
The raffle is now over and the draw was last Saturday at the Christmas dinner and dance. Congratulations to Daniel Byers as he not only won the first prize of a brand new 55" Samsung TV (similar to the one in our lounge), but also, his ticket was drawn for the third prize of a Sharpley's Source for Sports $100.00 gift certificate. The second prize of a case of wine was won by a ticket holder outside of the Haliburton community. Congratulations to all!
The raffle was great, but of course, the young curlers will benefit in the long run. This program is instrumental in developing our future members of this wonderful club. Well done!
Curling is a winter sport, played on ice. Ice is slippery, hard, cold, and wet. At Haliburton curling club, we strive to take the proper measures to ensure the safety of all our members. Every curler who steps foot on our ice should have a pair of grippers over their curling shoes to protect them from slipping on the ice. These grippers should not have any smooth surfaces on them or bits of rubber falling off. Always check the condition of your grippers and if needed, purchase a new pair from our supply at the bar. For a low cost of $ 12.00/gripper, you can ensure your safety. Be sure that your slider and gripper or shoes are clean and dry before stepping on the ice.
As well, we have all seen or heard of someone falling on the ice and unfortunately hitting their head. If you are concerned and wish protection, we sell protective head gear called "ice halos" that are light weight and comfortable. Most importantly they provide curlers with some confidence they need to stay on the ice. Ice halos do not make your head hot and the Velcro closures make it adjustable and secure.
The following are some other measures that each participant should practice for good ice safety:
- warm up before the game - stretching and warming muscles before going out on the ice can help prevent injury
- step onto the ice gripper-foot first - never use your slider foot to step onto the ice
- always be careful when stepping off the ice - always use your slider foot first
- the rule of thumb for your slider foot is LAST ON, FIRST OFF
- step off the platform onto a clear piece of ice. Avoid stepping over a rock
- avoid lifting a rock – you might lose your balance
- never stop a rock with your hand - your fingers can be crushed, especially if the rock hits another rock while you're trying to stop it
- never use your foot to stop a fast moving rock - you could lose your balance and fall. Use your broom to stop a rock
- watch for stray rocks
- keep your feet on the ice - avoid running or hopping. Walk or slide
- if you can't keep up with a fast moving rock while sweeping, just let it go. It's not worth the risk of falling.
- if you feel unwell and your balance is impaired, never go on the ice surface
Another important safety feature is to get yourself trained. At Haliburton curling club we offer training clinics before the curling season and throughout the year by our club coaches.
Let’s face it: curling ice is slippery and the possibility of falling is real, so protecting ourselves from injury is very important. Be aware! Go out and enjoy the sport, have a great game and stay safe!
The town of Haliburton offers a variety of opportunities for their residents to participate in during the fall and winter months. Curling is one of these activities and it is one of the most popular sports because both young and old can participate. Our increasing membership this year is strong and vibrant. With 49 new members, they are eager to learn the sport and are proving to be very keen participants.
Our club is committed to getting future generations excited about curling and we offer an outstanding Youth program run by very talented volunteers. These members help teach and support each child in their development of the sport.
Haliburton curling club offers members a healthy cross section of recreational and competitive play by offering leagues that will satisfy their interests and abilities. Leagues are scheduled from Monday to Friday including day and night time curling. Check the website for league descriptions.
We have had several people inquire and join the club for the second session, so it is never too late.
As our motto says, “have fun, meet friends, keep fit and stay active”.