Tournament Winners

2019 Christmas Skins Bonspiel

The 2019 edition of The Christmas Skins Bonspiel was held on Wednesday, December 11th. Sixty-four keen, highly talented curlers made up the 16 competitive teams. Thanks to all who signed up and came out for a great day of curling.

The skins format of scoring is an interesting change of pace from the usual day-to-day, and scores can change quite dramatically, especially in the later ends with carry-overs. You may think you're out of contention but winning the last couple of ends can make a significant difference.

Congratulations to the winning team of skip Steve Cummings, vice Ron Warren, second Al Gordon and lead Jay McDowell, racking up a two-game score of 33 points. In second place, by a slim single point, was the team skipped by Bob Griffith. Percy Baxter and Bill Wilkins were tied for third.

2019 Y Group Turkey Shoot

Once again, we had a full slate of Venerables from all groups curling for turkeys with the "Y" group. The eight teams were ably led by Don Eto, Dave Abrams, Dusan Lenghardt, Reg Pembleton, Cam Cowan, John Hartzenetter, Fred Huggett and Wally Kosciejew. Half the teams won turkeys (sorry if they were bigger than we expected), and half chose from a variety of wines.

Thank you to Glenn Holmes, John Davidson, and George Dinova for helping organize this event again this year. Thanks also to Len Lamanna at Lady York foods on Dufferin for supplying such beautiful "birds" for us!

2019 X W Z Group Turkey Shoot

The 2019 Turkey Shoot for W, X and Z Groups took place on Monday, December 2nd. Fierce competition was generated by 27 curlers from W Group, 22 from X and 24 from Z.

For this bonspiel, all entry fees are distributed as prizes. The winning team in each group receives 60% of the total prize money, 30% to the second-place team, and the rest goes to the highest individual scores from a non-prize-winning teams.

The first-place team from W Group (in order: Skip, Vice, Second, Lead) consisted of Reg Pembleton, Wayne Black, Greg Tracey and William Swire. In second place, Larry Lyons, Reid Thomas, Doug Fisher and Randy Sumners. Highest individual score was Wayne Black.

The first-place team from X Group was Duane Richards, Ed Welch, John Brittain and Bob Freckleton. The second-place team was Dave Wilmot, Ron Warren and Geoff Fairbank. Highest individual score was Ron Warren.

The first-place team from Z Group was Grant Ardern, George Fernandez, and Mike Hughes. In second place was a tie between the two teams. One was Frank Kilroy, Mike Campolieto, Jack Brown and Brock Stackhouse. The other team was Steve Cummings, Carman Chisamore, and Bill Carmichael. Highest individual score was a tie between Jim Thomas and George Fernandez.

Special mention goes to Ron Warren of X Group, who casually scored a perfect skill score of 16, without breaking a sweat. Coming very close to perfection were Bob Freckleton, Jim Thomas and George Fernandez, each with scores of 15 points.

Memorial Bonspiel 2019

A sad fact of life means we lose curling friends over any period. The Memorial Bonspiel (April 8 - 12) allows us to briefly pause and reflect upon this. For the Memorial Ceremony, Jack Grant read out the names of our departed friends, and Venerables. President Fel Raimondo rang the bell for each name, plus one more ring for anyone we may have missed.

On behalf of the Bonspiel Committee, in the persons of Peter Tibando, George Fernandez, Fred Huggett and myself, thanks to all participating curlers for coming out and supporting this event.

Ten teams entered from W group, six teams from X, and four teams each from Y and Z. All teams were paired for a 10-end game on Friday Tankard Day. The Tankard Day has curlers who may not see each other on a regular basis become teammates for a game.

Congratulations to the winning pair of teams from X group. Skips Al Gibson and Bill Wilkins, vices Ed Welch and Ken Waddell, seconds Ron Warren and John Walker, and leads Erwin Psotka and Rob Slater. This was Rob Slater's second win in a row!

The Bonspiel Committee wishes you a safe and relaxing summer, and we hope to see you at our events next season.

Season Ending Mixed Up Tournament (SEMUT) 2019

Our 5th Annual S.E.M.U.T. Tournament came to a conclusion on Friday March 29.

We again had 40 Venerables competing for the $480.00 in prize money.

This year's winners were Jim Cross, Jim Downs and Wayne Black. Wayne successfully defended last year's win and hopes to THREEPEAT in 2020. They were on a winning team in all four games. ($24.00 each)

In second place ($21.00) was Bill Wilkins. Third place ($18.00) was occupied by a large number of players. Only three curlers came up empty.

We hope to see you all again next year.

2019 Ross Ellis & Jim Young Bonspiel

The 2019 edition of the Ross Ellis and Jim Young Senior Men's Bonspiel took place on Wednesday, March 27th.

The Ross Ellis Division is open to teams with a combined age of 280+ years. Participating teams were Ernie Eason from Thornhill, Garry Wright from Bayview, Jim Hobbs from Uxbridge, Bryan Emery from Unionville, Joshua Mudrick from East York and the Tam Heather teams of Ray Moffitt, Carson Klinck, Dave Hampton, and Bill Fitz. Enthusiastically participating was the team skipped by Glenn Brubacher from the Kawarthas.

The Jim Young Division is open to teams whose members are at least 50 years young. There were the teams of Bill Goodchild of Toronto Police, Graham Baldwin from Donalda, and the Tam Heather teams of John Ellis, John Thompson, Jim Downs and Tony Baker.

The two divisions were combined to play two eight-end games.

Our special guest, Kelly James of Del Manor, presented donated door prizes. Many thanks to Kelly and Del Manor for their support of this bonspiel.

The Winner of the Ross Ellis was the team from Uxbridge. Skip Doug White, vice Jim Hobbs, second Bob Lemottee and lead Dave Fleming.

The Winner of the Jim Young Division was the team from Donalda, Skip Graham Baldwin, vice Brian Merriman, second Stan Maj and lead Frank Mcllhone.

We would like to express our gratitude to the visiting clubs and fellow Tam members for supporting this spiel and look forward to their return in the coming years.

2019 Eric Downer Memorial Stick Bonspiel

Your Bonspiel Committee would like to thank all the curlers who participated in the 2019 edition of the Eric Downer Memorial Fun Stick Bonspiel on March 11th.

All venerables owe a debt to Eric Downer for providing the opportunity to extend curling careers, and when you think about it, preserve the very existence of our club.

Thanks to the brave and intrepid non-stick curlers who threw caution to the wind and tried this "new" sport. Some of us got a glimpse into the future, no doubt.

Congratulations to the winning team of Bryan Belyea (skip), Murray Hedges (vice), Mike Dionne (second) and Gary Sampson (lead).

VIC (TDSMCA) 2019 Closing Scramble

Another successful Scramble was held on March 1st. For those who may not be familiar with the Toronto & District Senior Mens Curling Association, this association started in 1959 (one of the founding members was the Tam O'Shanter Curling Club, now the Tam Heather Venerables) and currently consists of six clubs, Donalda, East York, Leaside, Richmond Hill, Unionville, and the Tam Heather Venerables.

At the Scramble, (held twice a season - Christmas & Year-End) all players are mixed, which means that each team will have four players, all from different clubs. Of the 47 curlers who attended this year-end fun event, 14 were Venerables who represented us very well, winning 10 of the 32 prizes available.

Ron Den Houdyker played Vice for the winning team (Skipped by Tom Keith, Unionville Club, second Ron Brown, East York, & Lead, Bob Thompson, Richmond Hill) and won $35. Roger Davidson played second for the second-place team and won $25. In addition, Roger also won one of the raffle prizes, a $25 gift card. Bill Carmichael played Lead for the third-place team and won $20. Bill Wilkins played Vice for the fourth-place team and pocketed $15. Steve Cummings was also a winner, playing Vice for the second-place club and winning $25.

The grand finale to the evening was the presentation of two trophies. One was for the most points by a club during the regular season, and the second was the Roll-Off trophy, which goes to the club with the most roll-off (skills) points during the season. This year, both trophies were won by the Leaside club.


Another successful and fun VTEC (Venerables Team Entry Curling) season concluded on Friday, February 15, with the final draw of playoffs, followed by the closing banquet.

Again, this year there were 3 Divisions (A, B and C) with 8 teams in each Division. For those not familiar with VTEC, teams play a 14-game Round Robin schedule followed by 2 playoff games. In the playoffs the top 4 teams in each Division competed for the Division Championship and the bottom 4 teams competed in a 2-game playoff to determine playoff money.

Round Robin Winners

Division Championships - Playoff Winners

Again, this year we were very grateful for the sponsorship money from Living Assistance which went towards the prize money.

Stewart & Helen Wheler Invitational Bonspiel 2019

On Monday, February 4th, The Tam Heather Venerables hosted the 2019 edition of the Stewart and Helen Wheler Classic Invitational Bonspiel.

This bonspiel traditionally has two draws, with a Masters and a Grand Masters Division. However, due to a much smaller number of teams entering this year (16), we combined the two Divisions into one draw.

Some familiar faces were welcomed back from Oshawa Downtown, Cricket, Thornhill, Royals, Toronto Police, and Unionville, augmented with nine teams from Tam.

Fred Huggett was the Invitational Bonspiel Co-ordinator for this season. He worked tirelessly under trying conditions to beat the bushes and get those sixteen teams. Many thanks go to your Bonspiel Committee of Peter Tibando and George Fernandez, making sure everything went smoothly on the day.

We want to give special recognition to Sharon Ogden, of Ogden Funeral Homes for her generous financial support. Their contribution goes a very long way to making this a successful Bonspiel.

When the dust settled, it was deja vu all over again as skip Ray Moffitt and his team of vice Fern Pilon, second Andrew Stamler, and lead Roger Macdonald, won the bonspiel for the second straight year. I guess they just wanted to show that their win last year was no fluke. Congratulations to Ray and his team.

It was great to see a lot of familiar faces and some new ones as well. Many thanks to all curlers who participated, and we hope to see them all at next year's event.

2019 President's Bonspiel

The 2019 edition of the President's Bonspiel took place during the week of January 7th to 11th. Just like last year's bonspiel, twenty-four teams were formed from all four groups to participate in a modified Tankard format.

Also, like last year, we had a total of 26 teams, which meant that two teams had to play a Consolation Game.

The Bonspiel Committee likes the Tankard format because it brings together curlers from all groups on the final day who normally don't cross paths. The Committee wanted to create a modified Tankard format that made a team's chances of realizing a monetary prize more attainable. Teams were assembled into three Groups (A, B and C), based on the results of their first two games.

The A Group winning partnership of the teams skipped by Al Gibson and Jim Thomas. Al's team consisted of vice Walter Adams, second Larry Smith and lead John Brittain. Jim's team consisted of vice John Wills, newcomer second John McDowell, and lead Matt Rea (for Monday & Wednesday's games).

B Group winners were the partnered teams of skip Ron Den Houdyker, another newcomer vice Jay McDowell, second Bob Spencer and lead Jack Brown, and the skips Bill Wilkins (Monday & Wednesday) and Dave Hampton (Friday), vice Rudy Vangel, second John Walker and lead Gerry MacDonald.

C Group winners were the partnered teams of skip John Ellis, vice Mike Mills, second Lee Rixon and lead Alex Telfer and skip Tom Heffron, vice Ed Welch, second Jim Miyazaki (Monday and Wednesday) and borrowed lead Alex Telfer.

The winner of the Consolation Game was skip Gord Haney, vice Ron Warren, second Fel Raimondo and lead Reg Haney.