Haliburton hosted the annual Haliburton/Minden interclub Bonspiel on November 18th, 2015. Minden will host the second part of the home-and-home bonspiel on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016. Sixteen teams competed in two six-end games over two draws. The one-day event was a fun time for all curlers with many players knowing members from each other’s clubs. The event has taken place for 35 years now. Kathi Oke, Luba Glachan and Cathy Moss prepared a delicious lasagna lunch. Thank you ladies. John Watson did an outstanding job preparing the ice and Fraser MacDonald piped all curlers onto the ice for the Opening Ceremony.
The Haliburton teams had a very successful day accumulating 148 ½ points to Minden’s 69 ¾ points for the day. Well done, Haliburton! Before we gloat too much, the history of the bonspiel is that Haliburton establishes a substantial lead when they host the event only to give the lead away when we visit Minden in January. The home-and-home bonspiel then becomes a toss up as to which club wins the trophy and that year’s bragging rights.
Overall the winning team from Draw 1 was the Haliburton team of John Childs as Skip; Lynn Childs and Jane Johnston as Vice, John Pettitt as Second and Sue Pettitt as Lead. The winning team from Draw 2 was the Haliburton Team of Neil Darby as Skip, Doug Wagg as Vice, Joan Eyres as Second and Marilyn Wagg as Lead.
Congratulations to the winning teams.Thank you to all who participated in the bonspiel and those who helped out to make the day a successful day of curling and camaraderie.
Rick Ashall and Moe Welch
DRAW ONE WINNERS
FIRST PLACE SECOND PLACE
John Childs (skip), Jane Johnson, Susan and John Pettitt Ed Timmins, Norma Kennedy, Dell Watson (skip) Al Aubrey
Rod Pearson, Jan Ashall, Lynn Bartlett, John Smillie (skip)
DRAW TWO WINNERS
FIRST PLACE SECOND PLACE
Neil Darby(skip), Joan Eyres, Doug and Marilyn Wagg Lolita Mitchell, Ron Barr (skip), Anne and Harvey Bates
Chris Marsh, Don Wetmore (skip) Garth Krieger, Jim Waddell
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.
As our motto says, “have fun, meet friends, keep fit and stay active”.