Tournament Winners

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.

2019 Christmas Skins Bonspiel

The 2018 edition of The Christmas Skins Bonspiel was held on Wednesday, December 12th. Sixty-four avid and skilled curlers made up the 16 very competitive teams. Thanks to all who signed up and came out for a great day.

The skins format is an interesting change of pace from the usual tag draw, and scores can change quite dramatically, especially in the later ends with carry-overs.

Congratulations to the winning team of skip Larry Lyons, vice Ralph Warren, second Ed Welch and lead Larry Smith, racking up a two-game score of 30 points.

Many thanks to the Bonspiel Committee of Peter Tibando, George Fernandez and Fred Huggett for organizing a fun day for all participating.

2019 Y Group Turkey Shoot

On Thursday, December 6th 32 Venerables from all 4 groups met to try their luck at winning Christmas turkeys. As soon as everyone arrived, Guy Elliott and Glenn Holmes drew names out of a hat and assigned people randomly to teams based on the positions they had signed up for. Each set of teams decided how long a game they wanted to play, 6, 7, or 8 ends.

Turkeys were captured by the teams skipped by "Boxcar" Dave Hulme, Dave Andrews, Don Eto, and John Hartzenetter. Despite valiant efforts, the curlers lead by Cam Cowan, Jack Grieve, Al Gibson, and Tom Maikowa were only able to find red and white wine.

The organizers thank everyone who showed up for the Y Group Turkey Shoot and remind everyone that ALL Venerables are welcome to join the "Y" group for this annual event.

2019 X W Z Group Turkey Shoot

The 2018 Turkey Shoot for W, X and Z Groups took place on Monday, December 3rd. Keen competition was generated by 38 curlers from W Group, 33 from X and 27 from Z. For this particular 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 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 Gord Tonkin, Alex Gordon, Chet Bula and Rob Carrie. The second-place team was Reg Pembleton, Lee Rixon, Geoff Fairbank and Don Winter. Highest individual score was Gord McLennan.

The first-place team from X Group was Gord Haney, Ron Warren, Ed Welch and Ron Heino. The second-place team was Tom Heffron, Bill Wilkins, Gerry MacDonald and Dal Wrigley. Highest individual score was a tie between Rudy Vangel and Ken Waddell.

The first-place team from Z Group, calling upon untold years of wily experience, was Jack Grant, Don Sommerville, John McCall (3-person team). The second-place team, by a slim margin of one point, was Art Palmateer, Tony Damiani, Steen Thureson and Stan Yokota. Highest individual score was Mike Dionne.