Tournament Winners

Memorial Bonspiel 2018

The Memorial Bonspiel (April 9 - 13) gives us an opportunity to pause our busy lives for a moment to remember our curling friends who are no longer with us. Jack Grant read out the names of those who have left us in the past year, and President Fel Raimondo rang the Memorial Bell after each name was read.

There were 8 teams entered from W group, 6 teams from X, and four teams each from Y and Z. Twenty of those teams were paired for a 10-end game for the Friday Tankard Day, with two teams playing an 8-end Consolation Game. The Tankard format allows curlers who don't see each other on regular tag draw days to become teammates for a day.

Congratulations to the winning pair of teams. Skips were Clare Seeley and Dave Abrams; Ray Cockburn and Dusan Lenghardt at vice; Gord Stevenson and Tom Stephens at second; and Rob Slater and Terry Beck at lead.

The Consolation Game was tied after 7 ends, and the team of Fred Huggett, George Fernandez, Morgan Dever and Ben Weleschuk prevailed for the win.

On behalf of the Bonspiel Committee, in the personages of Jack Grant, Peter Tibando and George Fernandez, thanks to all participating curlers for coming out and supporting this event.

Stewart & Helen Wheler Invitational Bonspiel 2018

On Wednesday, March 28th, eight Masters teams and sixteen Grand Masters teams gathered at Tam Heather for the 2018 edition of the Stewart & Helen Wheler Classic Invitational Bonspiel.

The bonspiel has two divisions. The Masters Division for curlers over the age of 55 and the Grand Masters Division for teams whose cumulative age is over 280. One six end game and one eight end game was played in each Division.

Both fresh and familiar faces were welcomed from teams making the trip from Peterborough, Oshawa, Cricket, Thornhill, Bayview, Royals, Kawarthas, Toronto Police, Uxbridge, and Unionville, augmented with 11 teams from Tam.

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

In the Masters Division, Bill Goodchild's Police Services team took top honours by a narrow 3 point margin over Ab Doyle's second place team from Peterborough.

Not to be outdone by a visiting team, the Grand Masters Division was won by Tam's own Ray Moffitt at skip, Fern Pilon at vice, Andrew Stamler at second, and Roger Macdonald at lead.

Many thanks for the efforts of the Bonspiel Committee of Jack Grant, Peter Tibando and George Fernandez. Special thanks go to Invitational Bonspiel Co-ordinator Reg Pembleton for his tireless efforts in organizing the teams that visit our house and contribute so much to the success of this event.

VTEC 2018 Season Wrap-UP

Another successful and fun VTEC (Venerables Team Entry Curling) season concluded on Friday, February 16 with the final draw of playoffs, followed by the closing banquet.

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. The top 4 teams in each Division compete for the Division Championship and the bottom 4 teams compete in a 2 game Points Spiel.

Round Robin Winners

"A" Division winner was Al Boyle's team of Ben Petch, Ralph Warren, Tom Kerr and Norm Hart which compiled a very impressive record of 12-1-1.

"B" Division winner was Bryan Belyea's team which included Tony Haslam, Xavier Villada and Jim Miyazaki.

"C" Division winner was Al Gibson's team of Gary Mandel, Martin Docherty and Randy Cheung.

Division Championships - Playoff Winners

"A" Division winner was Dave Hampton's team of John Gibson, Jim Tebo and Ron Cowper.

"B" Division winner was Bryan Belyea's team of Tony Haslam, Xavier Villada and Jim Miyazaki. Bob Finlay spared for Tony in the playoffs.

"C" Division winner was John Thompson's team of Roy Lalonde, Mike Taylor, Dave Gale and Richard Allgood.

The skips of the winning teams in the Points Spiel were: A-Division, Wayne Black, B-Division, Bryce Eldridge and C-Division Dave Wilmot.

Eric Downer Stick Spiel

On Monday March 18, 2018 we had a full contingent of 16 teams turn out for the 2018 edition of the Eric Downer Memorial Stick Bonspiel.

Many puzzled looks crossed the faces of the brave non-stick curlers who were attempting the intricacies of dealing with the sticks. Competition was fierce as the winning teams were separated by a mere four points!

Congratulations to the winning team of Mark O'hearn (skip), Frank Kilroy (vice), Tony Damiani (second) and Bob Spencer (lead).

Your bonspiel committee (Jack Grant, Peter Tibando and George Fernandez) would like to thank the curlers who participated in this event, especially to those who consider the stick as a foreign object. We appreciate your support of this event.

TDSMCA 2018 Closing Scramble

Things were buzzing Friday, March 2nd at Tam Heather as 48 curlers, including 13 Venerables, arrived to take part in the Toronto District Senior Men's Curling Association League year-end Scramble. This league has been in existence since at least 1959 and currently consists of 6 clubs, East York, Donalda, Leaside, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, and the Tam Heather Venerables. All games are played on Fridays. The year-end and mid-season scrambles (see below) have been held at the Tam Heather premises for the last several years. Tam Heather Venerables (then Tam O'Shanter) actually started this league back in 1959.

At this scramble we did ourselves proud. Venerables' Bryan Belyea skipped the winning team and shared $100 with his team members, Vice, Jim Parker (Leaside), Second, Mark Kreger (East York), and Lead, Bob Bourdeau (Leaside). It was a convincing win - they accumulated 87 points vs the second placed team's score of 68. Not to be denied, the team skipped by our Al Lee finished in fourth place and shared $40 with his team of Vice, Hideo Takasaki (Donalda), Second, George Lewis (Leaside), and Lead (& Venerable), Bill Carmichael.

Scarborough has run this league for the past 2 seasons, with Tam Heather Venerables to run it for the next two seasons. Since curling has now been eliminated at Scarborough, next season Unionville will replace Scarborough so that this league can continue with six clubs. A standing ovation was given to Terry Peters and his Scarborough members for the outstanding job they performed over the past two seasons.

2018 Day Ladies/Venerables Valentines Bonspiel

The 2018 Day Ladies/Venerables Valentines Bonspiel took place on Tuesday, February 13th. Thanks to all who signed up for this event. It's a very popular event and it sells out quickly, filling all sixteen teams.

This year's winning team was Clare Seeley, skip; Aileen Yokota, vice; Ed Lee, second and Noreen Wills playing lead. The team skipped by Gary Pennington was a close second place and Donna Sutton's team only one point behind in third place.

Many thanks go out to both Bonspiel Organizing Committees for the smooth operation of this event, with special thanks to Sue Sedor for her spreadsheet wizardry.

Season Ending Mixed Up Tournament (SEMUT) 2018

Our Fourth Annual S.E.M.U.T. Tournament finished on Friday March 23 and a good time was had by all. We again had 40 curlers compete for the top prizes and bragging rights.

This year we had 3 players who were on a winning team every week and collected the maximum prize of $24.00 each. They were: Jim Campbell, Wayne Black and Fred Huggett. Congratulations!

In second place ($18.00 each) were: Al Gibson - Roger Davidson - Ralph Warren - Martin Docherty - Randy Sumners - Ken Waddell - Bob Jackson - Mike Mills

Thanks for participating and let's do it again next year.

Ross Ellis & Jim Young Bonspiel 2018

The 2018 edition of the Ross Ellis and Jim Young Senior Men's Bonspiel took place on Monday, February 5th.

The Ross Ellis is open to teams with a combined age of over 280 years, and the Jim Young is open to teams whose members are 55 and older. Each division plays two highly competitive eight end games.

The teams participating in the Ross Ellis were Eric Milne from Unionville, Gerry Giddings from Oshawa Downtown, Eric Dempster from Bayview, and the Tam Heather teams of Tony Baker, Cam Cowan, Dave Hampton, Carson Klinck and Ray Moffitt.

Participating in the Jim Young side were Ernie Eason from Thornhill, Frank Lloyd from Toronto Police, Frank Hibbs from East York, and the Tam Heather teams of Jim Downs, John Ellis, Bill Fitz, Reg Pembleton and John Thompson.

The winners of the Ross Ellis were the Tam Heather foursome of Carson Klinck, skip; John Elstone, vice; Steve Hawes, second and Gary Norris at lead.

In the Jim Young Open, Tam Heather prevailed once again as the team of Jim Downs, skip; Ken Waddell, vice; Ron Warren, second, and Alistair Gordon at lead were the winners. John Ellis took the High Score Second Game.

Much appreciated is the ongoing support of Del Manor's Kelly James for her generous donation of excellent gift baskets.

Scarboro Home & Home (Game 2)

The second game of the Home & Home Series with Scarboro Golf & Country Club took place on February 28th at Scarboro. The first game was at Tam Heather last November, when four Tam teams tangled with four Scarboro visiting teams. Although each club won two games then, Scarboro held the edge in total points scored, 27 to 22.

The return game at Scarboro was bittersweet as curling there is finished at the end the current season.

Still stinging after last November's results (see article below), the four Tam teams venturing to Scarboro were determined to come out swinging and swing they did. Tam teams won three of the four games by a combined score of 28 to 22.

The totals from the two games had Tam Heather squeaking out a 50 to 49 triumph.

We're not sure where the Scarboro curlers will call home next season, but the competitive spirit shown by the Tam teams certainly showed where they can get a good game.

2018 President's Bonspiel

The 2018 edition of the President's Tankard Bonspiel was held during the week of January 8th to 12th. Twenty-four teams from all four groups were created to participate in this unique format that's a little different from the norm. Combining teams for the final day created a team effort that had a mixture of unsolicited verbal strategy suggestions, opinions, supportive cheers and collective groans from the spectators.

The Tankard format produced the winning partnership of the Gary Pennington and Mark O'Hearn teams. Congratulations to skip Gary Pennington, vice Jim Downs, second Jim Harlow and lead John Dorsey. Their partner team was skip Mark O'Hearn, vice Carman Chisamore, second Frank Bell and lead Brock Stackhouse.

The winner of the Consolation Game event was skip Jim Tebo, vice Martin Docherty, second Chet Bula and lead Dal Wrigley.

Many thanks go to the Bonspiel Committee of Jack Grant, Peter Tibando and George Fernandez. Thanks to all curlers who participated and we're looking forward to seeing you all at the next President's Tankard Bonspiel.

2017 Christmas Skins

This year's version of the Christmas Skins Bonspiel was held on Wed. December 13th. We had 16 teams participating plus some spares waiting in the wings. Thanks to all who signed up to play.

Anyone who has participated in the skins format knows it's an interesting change of pace from the norm, and scores can change quite dramatically, especially getting into the latter ends with carry-overs. Two six-end games were played, followed by a hot lunch.

Congratulations to the winning team of skip Jim Tebo, vice Don Tyrrell, second Greg Tracey and lead Richard Allgood, racking up a score of 35 points. All of the games were very competitive and some reputations were reinforced and some new ones created.

Many thanks to the Bonspiel Committee of Jack Grant, Peter Tibando and George Fernandez for organizing a great bonspiel.

W, X, Z Groups 2017 Turkey Shoot

The 2017 Turkey Shoot for W, X and Z Groups was held on Monday, December 11th. Participating were 38 curlers from W Group, 30 from X and 25 from Z.

All participation fees are distributed as prizes. The winning team in each group receives 60% of the prize money, 30% to the second place team, and 10% to the highest individual score from a non-prize winning team.

The first place team from W Group (in order: Skip, Vice, Second, Lead) consisted of Jim Downs, Wayne Black, Jim Campbell and Morgan Dever. The second place team was Ted Lacelle, Reid Thomas, Matt Rea and Gord Stevenson. Highest individual score was Gord Wells.

The first place team from X Group (in order: Skip, Vice, Second, Lead) was Gord Maunder, Ken Waddell and Jerry Golhar (three person team). The second place team, also with three members, was Ray Moffitt, Murray Hedges and Rob Slater. Highest individual score was Ron Green.

The first place team from Z Group (in order: Skip, Vice, Second, Lead) was Tony Haslam, Don Sommerville, Rob Lembke and Mike Dionne. The second place team was Andrew Lamb, Keith Liddle, Jeff Dixon and Jim Borland. Highest individual score was Tom Powell.

Thanks to all who signed up and generated lively competition.

Y Group 2017 Turkey Shoot

On Tuesday, December 12th. 32 Venerables joined in 8 teams for our annual Christmas turkey shoot. A regular game was played on each sheet with the teams deciding any ground rules they wanted to use, especially how long the games would be.

Dave Abrams, Don Eto, Jim Downs and Ron Wilson were the best “shots”, making sure each member of their teams received a good-sized turkey. Jack Grieve, John Harzenetter, Bruce Taylor, and Al Gibson lead their teams to the wine tasting room and received bottles of excellent white or red wine.

Thanks to Guy Elliott, Glenn Holmes, George Dinovo, and John Davidson for organizing the event again this year. We all owe very special thanks to Len Lamanna and his staff at Lady York Foods on Dufferin St. for their generous support of the event.

Next year's shoot will take place on Tuesday, December 11 during “Y”'s regular time slot.

Fall Classic Bonspiel with the Day Ladies

The initial bonspiel of the 2017-2018 curling season took place on October 31st. The Day Ladies and Venerables curlers got together to renew the Fall Classic Bonspiel. Many were in Halloween mode, wearing costumes that added to the festive spirit of the day.

Rookie bonspiel co-ordinators Pauline Kiely of the Day Ladies and Jim Cross of the Venerables would like to sing the praises of the respective very talented bonspiel committees. Take a bow Sue Sedor, Loraine Lalonde, Pam Elliott, Debi O'Hearn.

Congratulations to the winning team of skip Ron Wilson, vice Lorna Higgins, second Orval White and lead Melanie Downs.

Home and Home with Scarborough CC

On November 13th, the first game in the Tam Heather Venerables and Scarborough Golf & Country Club Home & Home series was held at Tam Heather. The reciprocal game will take place at Scarborough on February 28, 2018. Four teams from Scarborough made their way north to take on four teams of Venerables in hotly contested matches. Although the four games were split two wins apiece, Scarborough is leading in rocks scored 27 to 22.
Cowan 6, Shaw 5
Belyea 8, Rhora 4
Grundy 10, Pennington 6
Baker 8, Heffron 2