The Best Ever Bonspiel Part 4 was another tremendous success thanks to all the 72 members that participated in this end of year celebration. The weather held out and we didn't have any difficulties roasting our pigs, dining on amazing food and dancing the night away with The Recyled Teenagers.
What would a party be like without the setup crew? Thanks to everyone involved and especially to the arena who lends us all their tables and chairs. I believe we had over 100 people attend the dinner and dance!
And what would a pig roast be without the pig roasters? Thanks to Garth Krieger, Keith Clarkson, Del Watson, Rod Bradbury and Kevin Dacey who all worked together to prepare, roast and cut the pork.
The Pig's Ass event was a very close game and the two teams involved were Glenn Smith and Jacob Dobson. As you know, the pig's ass goes to the losing team and this case it was only by ONE rock! So the esteem winners of this coveted event went to the team of Glen Smith, David Ogilvie, Norma Kennedy and Michael Mardus. This team should also win the "Best Sports" award for their sense of humour and good sportmanship.
Congratulations to the team of Chrissie DeLyzer/Neil Oke, Ferne Taylor, Mike Johnson and Jackie Bradbury who placed first in the A Event. They had some really close games and they pulled through the final with a close win.
I'll tell you, they were mighty happy campers!
Runners Up to the A event was the team of Del Watson, Nathaniel Boore, Joan Hawley and Dave Chevrefils.
The winning team of the B Event was the team of Mary Hillaby, April Martin, Bill Keevil and Ted Fletcher.
Runners up to the B Event was the team of Hugh Nichol, Lolita Mitchell, Keith Clarkson and Dianne Chevrefils.
Winners of the C Event was the team of Rick Ashall, Jonah Aldom, Bob Riddell, and Jackie Gentles.
Runners Up to the C Event was the team of Dave Ablett, Don Gentles, Nancy Hughes, and Peg Devine.
Winners of the D Event was the team of Steve Colliver, Eric Hussey, Barry Hughes and Marilyn Mackenzie.
Runners Up to the D Event was the team of Kent Milford, Darla Searle, John Devine and Heather Carroll.
Thanks to everyone for all your support. The food was delicious, the volunteers tending bar, and the ladies and men making snacks all helped to make this bonspiel such a success. Many thanks to the committee of Kent Milford, Mary Hillaby, Wanda Stephen, Jackie Bradbury, and Steve Colliver. The ice team of Mitch Stephen, Doug Wagg, Garth Krieger and Ron Draper were outstanding. Many thanks to all of you.
For more pictures (including team pictures), please check out the picture gallery.
See you next year! Registration for the upcoming season will be in September. Let your friends and family know how our club has "The Best Ice in the North!"
Congratulations to everyone involved in the 43rd annual Highland Lassie Bonspiel this past Saturday, March 2, 2019. Nine out of town teams from St. George's, York, London Highland, Port Perry, Stroud, and Lindsay were greeted by 7 Haliburton ladies teams. The committee comprised of Sue Mason, Mary Hillaby, Jackie Bradbury, Wendy Hewson, Ferne Taylor, Jan Ashall, Rachel O'Neill, Laila Morse, Alison Curtis, Teresa Keefer, Carol Krieger, Marilyn Mackenzie, Linda Boore and Janet Boyne certainly worked hard to prepare for this great day.
Here are pictures of some of our hardworking committee members:
The overall 2019 winner was Lynn Childs (skip) from our club. Lynn brought her daughter, Carolyn Childs and her friend, Kristy Wuorisalo from Port Perry and Jane Johnston from Haliburton to join her team. Wanda Stephen, skip, placed third in her draw with her team of Alexis David, Ginny Carmichael and Nancy Walker.
Everyone enjoyed all the camaraderie, food and our drawmaster, Del Watson's Scottish garb. Many thanks to Jane Jaycock and all her work with the committee as well as the prize table contributions and the stained glass pieces she made herself. All the curlers certainly enjoyed her cakes!
The raffle table was overflowing with generous contributions from local businesses and members. There were 38 raffle prizes in all! That's amazing!
Many thanks to all the volunteers - ladies in the kitchen (Dianne Kelly, Lynn Ritchie, Sandra Duchemin, Sue Germa, Carol Krieger, Rachel O'Neill, Teresa Keefer, Jackie Bradbury), the men in the plaid bowties (Garth Krieger, Doug Wagg, Brian Hambly, Dave Chevrefils), and our ice technicians (Mitch, Doug and Garth).
Many thanks to our sponsor, Mitch Stephen from TMS Services and Wanda Stephen for preparing the program.
For more interesting and wild pictures of the day, visit our website photo gallery.
See you next year!
Saturday the 23rd featured 2 great events. The Curl For Her Bonspiel in support of the YWCA of Haliburton. 48 curlers in 2 draws, as well as donors and sponsors raised $2500 for our local crisis shelter. Paula Penning from the Haliburton office delivered an informative address on the needs and services of our local shelter.
The 2ndevent at the club running hand in hand with the bonspiel was Curling in Canada Day – hosted by Curling Canada – an “across the country bonspiel”. Our club raised $76 for Canadian youth curling and provided our cumulative “top of the scoreboard” vs “bottom of the scoreboard” tallies toward the national scoreboard, for all four draw times during the day. For our participation, we will receive 80 entries into the Curling Canada $10,000 Renovation Grant draw. The winning club will be announced after the March 11 deadline for entries.
Curl For Her Winning teams: Runners up in Draw 1 was a tie between Don Wetmore (sk), Kim Lewis (v), Terry Lawrence (s), and Tracy Gaulberto (l) and Del Watson (sk) Doug Wagg (v), Alison Curtis (s), Marilyn Wagg (l). Runners up in Draw 2 were Sue Mason (sk), Ferne Taylor (v), Dave Taylor (s), Jean-Guy Morrisette (l). Winners in Draw 1 Glenn Scott (sk), Garth Krieger (v), Keith Clarkson (s), Jackie Bradbury (l). Winner in Draw 2 Mitch Stephen (sk), Wanda Stephen (v), Donna Cooper (s), Mort Cooper (l).
Congratulations to all the winners, all the raffle prize winners and our 50/50 draw winner Neil Darby. A special “Thank You” to everyone who helped with prizes and the awesome kitchen team who delivered a delicious meal.
On Feb. 1st , 2nd , and 3rd, twenty-four teams, ninety-six curlers and fifteen visiting curling clubs came together with members of the Haliburton club to participate in the annual Todd’s Independent mixed bonspiel. Clubs being represented were Oshawa, York Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Highland London, Milton, Brampton, High Park, Bradford, Trenton/St. George’s, Burlington, Thornhill and Haliburton.
Members of the curling teams and spectators had an enjoyable weekend of curling, fellowship, fun and food! Many thanks to the following sponsors: Todd’s Independent, Phyllis Woodcock, a lifetime member of the club, Superior Propane, Minden Subaru and Re/Max North Country Reality Inc.
The final game of the “A” Event was very exciting to watch. The team from Milton skipped by Steve Oldford, vice, Kim Thomas, second, Craig Thomas, and lead, Kim Roy took the trophy. Runners up were from Richmond Hill skipped by Michael Tambosso, vice, Mary Tambosso, second, Everett Wood and lead, Tracy Gualberto. The third place team of the A event was skipped by Darrell Cain and his team from York.
Another great game was between Burlington and Oshawa for the “B” event trophy. The Oshawa team skipped by Jim Theodorf, vice, Patricia Theodorf, second, Rick Rosnak and lead, Sharon Rosnak took home the trophy. Runners up were the Burlington team of Rebecca Pipes, skip, Dave Nicol, vice, Chrissie DeLyzer, second and lead, Dave DeLyzer. Third place in the B event was the team from High Park skipped by Matt Glandfield.
Winning team of the “C” event was a team from Haliburton skipped by Don Wetmore, vice, Andrea Roberts, second, Terry Lawrence and lead, Sheila Campbell. Runners up were also from Haliburton skipped by Lynn Bartlett, vice, Neil Oke, second, Dianne Whitmarsh and lead, Chris Marsh. Third place in the C event was the team from Brampton skipped by Dave Sikkema.
Winning team of the “D” event was skipped by Rick Lauzon, vice, Linda Lauzon, second Trevor Kerr and lead, Ellen Kerr from the Highland London Curling Club. Runner up was a team from Trenton/St. George’s skipped by Bill Russell , vice, Lindsey Russell, second, David Chorley and lead Nancy Chorley. Third place in the D event was the team from West Northumberland skipped by Jim Abbott, vice, Anne Abbott, second, Bob Campbell and lead, Maureen Campbell.
Bonspiel Convenor, Mary Hillaby and her team of Sue Mason, Glenn Scott, Wendy Hewson, Jackie Bradbury, Teresa Keefer, and Wanda Stephen want to thank the sponsors, local businesses and individuals that graciously contributed items (Sir Sam’s Inn and Ski Hill, V&S Haliburton, Country Pickin’s, The Wine Store Minden, Laurie Hillaby, Joan Eyres, Chrissie DeLyzer, Jackie Bradbury, Maple Tap & Grill, Eva Griffith and Pampered Chef, Lockside Trading Company, Konzelmann Estate Winery, Fielding Wines, Up River Trading Co., Jan Ashall, Highland Brewing, April Martin, Win Yeung Restaurant, La Luna Del Nordo and Abbey Gardens). Efforts from amazing kitchen helpers and many members of the Day Ladies league who baked goods and made sandwiches helped contribute to the spiel’s success.
All teams commented on the terrific ice surface that was maintained by ice technicians, Doug Wagg, Mitch Stephen, Dave Moss and Ron Draper.
Congratulations on the 60th anniversary of the Men's Skyline Bonspiel! What a fantastic event that took place this past weekend. Kudos to the very hard working committee of Dave Moss, Kent Milford, David Ogilvie, Andy Glecoff, Eric Hussey and Russ Duhaime. Russ and Joan took team pictures in the clothing worn by some of our past members dating back to the very first Skyline. Check out the picture gallery for some very cool photos.
Many thanks to the sponsors - Haliburton Timbermart, Curry Chevrolet Buick GMC, Hudson Henderson Insurance and Walkers Home Hardware.
Ron Tenthorrey from Camp Wannikita prepared all the meals for the 3 day event and the men raved about the food. Absolutely phenomenal! Many thanks to all our members that volunteered hours of their time helping Ron in the kitchen. We can't forget, Cathy Moss, who without Cathy, these guys wouldn't have got their food! Cathy was in her car a lot of the weekend driving back and forth from the camp. Thank you, Cathy. Many thanks to the home hosts that entertained the teams for the Saturday lunch.
Carl Dixon entertained the crowd on Saturday night and the men just wanted him to keep playing tunes all night! Many thanks to all the folks that helped to drive these happy men back to their hotel or cottage. This is a wonderful idea and one that was very well received by the teams. Very comforting to know that you can have that extra cocktail knowing that you will have a safe drive home.
Many thanks to the ice team that worked tirelessly all weekend to prepare excellent ice for our 24 teams - Dave Moss, Garth Krieger, Doug Wagg, Mitch Stephen and Ron Draper. What would we do without you?
All in all, it was a fabulous bonspiel and one that will have these teams coming back again next year! Congratulations to everyone! Here are the pictures of the winning teams. Way to go, Haliburton who won the entire event!
Winners of A Event - Haliburton Curling Club
Skip - Owen Duhaime, Dustyn DeBruin-McReady, Tyler Warham, Ross Duhaime
Winners of the B Event - Lakefield Curling Club, Skip - Paul Clark, Mike Oounpuu, Don Sharp, Miles Ecclestone
Winners of the C Event - Highland Curling Club, Skip - Doug Glass, John Bain, Rick Lauzon, Bev Baigent
Winners of the D Event - Oshawa/Whitby, Skip - Randy Knox, Rob Woods, Jim Parrott, Dave Wilmhurst
Over 100 members, family and friends celebrated the holiday season on Saturday, December 8th at the Haliburton Curling Club. Many thanks to the organizing committee - Ferne Taylor, Laila Morse and Debbie Morrisette for a great evening. The wonderful turkey dinner was catered by "The Mill Pond" and was enjoyed by the guests.
The DJ was Ron Murphy from Canoe FM and he played some good tunes throughout the night.
Sharon Walker was the big winner of the 50/50 draw and all her winnings are being donated to the local food bank. Thank you, Sharon. As well, many thanks to everyone who donated to the mitten tree and food bank last evening. The tree is starting to look plentiful. We still have the rest of the week to bring in new or gently used scarves, hats, mittens and gloves as well as non persishable items for the food bank.
Check out the picture gallery for more photos from the evening.
No need to feel left out of snacks after the game. There is a designated shelf in the kitchen for those who adhere to the gluten free lifestyle. Please bring a contribution of crackers, cookies, bars, or other treats that will keep so that we can make sure everyone can partake in an after game snack. The club is not providing these snacks - but it does provide a spot where we can store and share with others in the same boat as us. Please consider leaving a contribution in the cupboard.
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).
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!