Tam Heather Venerables is a club for retired or semi-retired men aged 50 or older. The Venerables name comes originally from a group of about thirty retired school teachers, who rented sheets of ice from the Tam Heather Curling & Tennis Club around 1978. The Club was first formally constituted to meet the requirement to qualify for a government grant to purchase equipment in 1981. At the first formal meeting of the Club the name was confirmed, the constitution was approved, the first ten directors were elected and the grant submission was approved. The grant was duly received not just for curling equipment but also for tables and chairs to promote the social activities of the Club.
While now separately constituted Tam Heather Venerables is still proud to be associated with the Tam Heather Curling & Tennis and Club.
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Tam Heather Venerables Men's Curling Club (Venerables) is the senior day men's league at Tam Heather Curling and Tennis Club. The Venerables offer men of age 50 years and older an open and flexible approach to daytime men's curling. Venerables are also welcome to curl in Tam's two other daytime senior mixed leagues.
- operate from mid-October to mid-April 5 days per week
- play in a choice of one of three (3) tag draw groups
- may play in optional Venerables in-house bonspiels
- are welcome to play in Tam's senior daytime mixed leagues (additional fee)
- may play in optional competitive Venerables Team Entry Curling (VTEC)
- may play in optional Venerables Inter-Club (VIC) curling in the Toronto District Senior Men's Association (TDSMCA). Curl with senior men at six clubs in the East Toronto GTA
- play various game formats such as Scotch Doubles or Skins
Curlers can deliver stones from the hack or through the use of a delivery stick. The use of a stick allows a curler to deliver the curling stone while standing, thereby making the sport more accessible to those with bad knees or backs, or who are new to the sport.
Venerables Group Tag Draws
Tam Heather Venerables curlers are divided into three groups. Each curler specifies their preferred group on the application form based on the day and time they want to play. Each group plays in two regular time slots per week. You may play in a different group provided there is a space available.
In tag draws, curlers are not attached to a set team. Each day after arriving at the club, you inform Board Captains what position you want to play and the Board Captains sort the players into balanced teams based on players' experience and skills for each draw fifteen minutes before play begins. Tag draw allow members to meet and play more members.
Venerables In-House Bonspiels
There are usually several in-house Venerables bonspiels throughout the curling season. Any member can sign up for these bonspiels (at an additional fee), enjoy the competitive spirit, and meet curlers from the other groups. The emphasis is on fun and, in addition to recognizing the winning teams, lunch and a prize-table are usually included. In-house bonspiels include: skins, turkey shoot, President's Tankard, stick, SEMUT, and Memorial.
Tam Heather Daytime Mixed Tag Draws
Venerables may also play in the two senior day mixed leagues at Tam Heather with a separate registration. There is a tag league on Thursdays and a stick league on Wednesdays. Please see Tam Heather's website for more details by clicking here .
Venerables Team Entry Curling (VTEC)
VTEC is a Friday morning competitive league made up of teams formed for the season. VTEC has three divisions, operates for 16 weeks, and has two draws per season. The playoffs at the end of the season determine trophies and prize money for all the teams in each division.
Venerables Interclub Curling (VIC) with the Toronto District Senior Men's Curling Association (TDSMCA)
VIC (Venerables Interclub Curling) is a Friday afternoon competitive league that plays at six East Toronto curling clubs. The location rotates weekly from club to club with member clubs sending one representative team each. The league also plays two scrambles per season which mixes players from different clubs on each team. The league plays for points and has a weekly skills competition for prize money.
Venerables Mixed-Up Game Formats
Venerables also provides the opportunity to play other types of curling game formats such as Scotch Doubles , Skins, Stick.