Are you taking some time to spring clean? The curling club is once again going to participate in the Trash n' Treasures sale located in Head Park on Saturday, June 18th. We will be looking for your treasures to sell and all proceeds will go to the club. Last year we made over $800.
The most popular items are tools, books (both hard cover and soft), children's toys, kitchen gadgets, furniture (not too large) and seasonal items (ie. Christmas decorations).
We will be collecting items at the curling club a couple days leading up to the 18th of June. If you have any questions please call Mary (705) 754 - 1916 or Lynn Childs (705) 457 - 2415.
Lynn and Mary welcome any volunteers to help price, sort, transfer and sell the treasures. If you can give them a couple of hours of your time please let them know.
The "Best Ever" bonspiel is now over for the year and was met with fantastic reviews! We had 22 teams and 88 curlers enjoying the final week of the curling season. We kept hearing very positive comments the entire time and to top it off, the pig roast on the final night was the "icing on the cake"!
There were four events and the winner of the spiel (1st event) was the team skipped by Steve Colliver. Steve had Ginny Carmichael, Pat Mitchell and youth curler, Lena Haas. This was exactly what we wanted to achieve with this spiel. The members on all the teams were a mix of daytime, nighttime and youth curlers. Everyone loved the mix. People were meeting other curlers for the first time because they played in different leagues. Mission accomplished!
The runner-up in the 1st event was the team skipped by Del Watson. Del's team consisted of Monique Colliver, Shawn Wylie and Julie Tolentino. Curling on a 20 degree celsius day brought out the shorts on this team!
The winner of the 2nd event was a team skipped by Moe Welch. Moe had Garry Bradshaw, Donna Smith and Bonnie Wylie on his winning team.
The runner up in the 2nd event was Neil Darby's team. Neil's team consisted of Helen Baker, Paul Warham and youth curler Savannah Byers.
The winner of the 3rd event was Dave Moss as skip, Tyler Warham, Dave Ogilvie and Peter Smith. The runner up in this event was Kent Milford's team skipped by John Smillie in the final game. Kent had Norma Kennedy, Bruce Griffith curling for Bob Cole and Leanne Angus.
The winner of the 4th event was a team skipped by Mitch Stephen. Mitch had Lynn Childs, Clare Byer and Barr Gilmore. The runner-up in this event was Peter Byer as skip. Peter's team consisted of Lesley Milford, Jim Waddell and youth curler Ania Smolen.
This was a wonderful bonspiel and an amazing event that brought pretty well the entire club together. There were quite a few members that had never been in a bonspiel before and they had a great time! If the members weren't curling, they were enjoying the delicious pig roast dinner. 135 people sat down for a fantastic meal!
Mary Hillaby and Kent Milford, organizers of this event wish to thank all the members of the committee; Steve and Monique Colliver, John and Lynn Childs, Keith Clarkson, Garth Krieger, April Martin, Wanda Ruddy, Mitch Stephen, John Watson, Ron Draper and Mike King. Many thanks to our bartenders Jack and Lorraine Virgin and Luba Glachan and DJ, Ron Murphy. To all the women who brought in sandwiches and salads that we made in the kitchen, we thank you.
Great camaraderie, great shot making, a lot of laughs, and a lot of memories were made from this successful event. Until next year.....
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”.