Haliburton Curling Club’s 40 th Jack Roberston Memorial Curling Bonspiel was held March 1, 2017. This one day curling event was enjoyed by 64 Curlers again this year. The Bonspiel was held in honour of an avid curler, business man, Rotarian, Mason and family man who contributed much to the Curling Club back in the 40's and 50’s. Jack was the owner/operator of the Haliburton IGA for many years. Jack’s daughter Jacqueline Metcalf spoke proudly of her father and the commitment he had for his community. She expressed her appreciation to the club for honouring her dad for the last 40 years.
The following sponsors are appreciated for their support over the years:
Pinestone Resort and Conference Centre, Curry Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd. Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike, YMCA Camp Wanakita, Wayne Hussey, Hockey Hall of fame – Scotty Morrison, Haliburton Foodland, Dawson Insurance Brokers Ltd and Haliburton Lumber & Enterprises.
Congratulations to the following teams for their outstanding curling:
1st Bob Johnston, Murray Cooper, Bob MacNaull, David Blodgett
2nd Glen Smith, Doug Wagg, Fred jansma, Garth Kreiger
3rd Del Watson, Andy Glecoff, Hugh Nichol, David Ogilvie
4th Ed Pickard, Chester Howse, Dave Allen, Dave Taylor
Winning Team for Haliburton Lumber “Closest to the Button draw”
Arthur Dawson, Rick Dingman, Dustyn DeBruin, Lenny Salvatori.
Congratulations on this year’s 40th Bonspiel.
Bonspiel Chairman 2017
A reminder to all our members that if the buses are cancelled, the morning leagues will still play UNLESS our ice technician, John Watson is unable to make it to the club to prepare the ice. The evening convenors will notify me by 3:00pm and I will post on this site whether your game is on or not.
Remember that safety is first and foremost and if you are unsure or nervous about the road conditions or are unable to get out of your driveway then please call your skip and let him/her know that you will not be at the game.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Both Tuesday leagues WILL PLAY today. Drive safely.
The Todd's Independent Invitational Mixed Bonspiel was awesome! What a great weekend! Fantastic shot making, amazing food and great camaraderie were enjoyed by all. I don't think we could have had a better final than last Sunday, Feb. 5th. In the "A" event, sponsored by Todd's Independent Grocers, were two great teams. John and Cheryl Smillie (so glad to see them play at the club again) and their front end, Henry and Sue Lenarduzzi and the York curling club team of skip, Darrell Cain and his team of Sharon Cain, Frank and Nancy Coschi (and Haliburton's own Helen Baker). It was a nail biter right down to the last rock. The Cain team took the trophy. Congratulations! Poor Nancy had fallen at work on Wednesday and broke her shoulder. Helen graciously volunteered to help the team and little did she know that she would be playing 5 games! What a trooper! Third place went to the combined curling team of Craig and Kim Thomas from Milton and Bob and Anne MacNaull from Haliburton.
The "B" event, sponsored by Phyllis Woodcock and Superior Propane had two great teams playing for the coveted trophy. Congratulations to Bradford curling club who secured 1st place. The team was represented by Stephane and Roberta Lauzon, Lynn and Maria Williamson. Last year they had been the runners up to this event. In second place was our own team from Haliburton represented by Mitch Stephen and Wanda Ruddy Stephen and Bruce and Eva Griffith. Third place went to Oshawa curling club team of Brian and Terry Rutherford, Andi Kelsey and Doug Browning.
The "C" event, sponsored by Minden Subaru, was won by Oshawa curling club skipped by Derek Ferlatte, vice, Kristy Seminsky, second, Mike Millar and lead, Stephanie Ferlatte. Second place was awarded to another team from Oshawa curling club skipped by Geoff Campbell, vice, Janette Bulpit, second Henry Cornelissen and lead, Pauline Cornelissen. Third place was awarded to our own Haliburton team skipped by Bob Johnston, vice, Kim Lewis, second, Chris Marsh and lead Candy Robinson.
The "D" event, sponsored by Re/Max North Country Realty was won by Oshawa curling club skipped by Jeff Barry, vice, Tracy Barry, second, Steve Ball and lead Heather Ball. Runners up were from York curling club skipped by Rob Sommerville, vice, Maureen Campbell, second Bob Campbell and lead, Deb Sommerville. Third place was earned by Tony Baxter and his team from Richmond Hill curling club. Jan and John Majnarich and Judith Baxter completed his team. Congratulations to all.
The success of this bonspiel is largely due to the generosity of local businesses and members of the club. Although sponsorship is very important, the participation of the curlers attending the spiel, the volunteers in the kitchen, and those making sandwiches, squares, cookies, cleaning and prepping ice, attending bar, selling raffle tickets is what it's all about. So greatly appreciated!
John Watson, along with Ron Draper and Mitch Stephen provided the curlers with phenomenal ice which had the curlers singing their praises.
So folks, that's what makes a great spiel! Everyone is looking forward to Feb. 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2018! Check out the picture gallery for all the great photos of this event.
Sorry Darrell - the light hit the camera. Great smile!
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 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.
So, is it a good idea to join our club? Absolutely! We have divided the season into three sessions in order to meet your needs (ie. travel, job, health). The first session will begin on Monday, October 3, 2016 and end on Friday, November 25th. The second session will begin on Monday, November 28th and end on Friday, January 27, 2017. The final session will begin on Monday, January 30th and end on Friday, March 24, 2017.
As our motto says, “Have fun, Meet friends, Keep fit and Stay active”.
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 $ 15.00/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!