Tournament Winners

Eric Downer Fun Stick Bonspiel

The Eric Downer has traditionally been an Invitational Stick Bonspiel. This year we changed it to an In-house Stick bonspiel. It was a fun event and it gave the opportunity for non-stick players to show their skill with a stick. Approximately half of the curlers in the bonspiel had never used a stick. This event commemorates a former Venerable Eric Downer who was the inventor of the stick. A good time was had by the sixteen teams who competed in the bonspiel At the end of the day the winning team was team Belyea: Bryan Belyea (skip), Duane Richards (vice), Don Tyrrell (second) and Bob Freckleton (lead). Bob Jackson’s team with Glen Holmes, Rob Lembke, and Dave Wilmot took second place. Third place went to Vic Cuff’s team with Peter Cant, Fel Raimondo, and David Hansen. Thanks to Jack Grant, Peter Tibando and Fel Raimondo for organizing and running a terrific bonspiel.

Stu Wheler Classic Invitational

The Venerables hosted our annual invitational Stu Wheler Bonspiel on Wednesday March 23rd. The bonspiel was composed of two draws, the Masters for those over the age of 55 and the Grand Masters for curlers over the average age of 70. Each draw had a six end game and an eight end game.

Masters Draw
Sixteen teams took part in the Masters, composed of 6 teams from Tam Heather and 10 from outside clubs including East York, Whitby, Cricket, Thornhill (2 teams), Toronto Police, Donalda, Bayview CC (2 teams) and Richmond Hill.
Taking first place in the Master’s division section was Rob Maddock’s team from Cricket, with Jeff Flanagan, Cliff Sparkes and Doug Evans. Second place was Peter Nixon’s team from Unionville, with Vic Suzuki, Jeff Bloom and Gord Chisholm. Third place was Ernie Eason’s team from Thornhill, with Bob Fry, Gary Elgar and Jim Glover.
Grand Masters Draw
The Grand Masters had sixteen teams, composed of 4 teams from Tam Heather and 12 teams from outside clubs including Oshawa (2 teams), Cricket, Oakville, Kawarthas, Scarboro, Uxbridge, Unionville (2 teams), Whitby (2 teams), and Royals.

In the Grand Master’s section, the John Gibson team from Tam, with Bernie Snodofsky, Ross Moodie, and Ron Cowper took first place. Second place was Bill Fitz’s team from Tam, with Ryk Weber, Fritz Glauner, and Lyle Ebata. Third place was the Gerry Gidding’s team from Oshawa, with Dave Hughes, Jim Sandberg, and Don Jenkins. A good time was had by all with lots of cash and draw prizes. We want to give special recognition to Sharon Ogden (Ogden Funeral Homes) for their generous financial support.
I would like to thank Reg Pembleton, Jack Grant, Peter Tibando and Ian Valentine for organizing and running a great bonspiel.