Hardy Rock Closing April 20
Similar to the Christmas party we had around 84 members and guests for our final dinner. We had special guest Shirley Sayer with us to present the Tom Sayer Trophy. Returning curlers included Edmond LeBeouf, Ian Peck, Jim Markham, Janice Robinson, Jack Bannon, Art Woods, Michel Lauzon, Mike Sheppard, Moe Lafoley and Gerry Foliot. Special thanks to Allan Jones for our ice this year, Terry Connolly for all the work he does and Bob Hart, Peter Atwood and Bill Sansom for volunteering behind the bar.
The meal was put on by Stuart Lebaron thanks to the team of Beverly and Lisa in the kitchen. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped in serving: Yves Gauthier, Mike Archambault, Chris Poulter, Janot Fournier, Bill Louch and Gilles Leblanc.
It was mentioned that the combination of the interclub and day ladder did not materialize. There will be a final attempt to put together an interclub group. It was also mentioned that players wanting to join the ladder competition should put their names forward as spares or organize their own team.
It was also mentioned that with the rising prices the Hardy Rock social fee would be have to be increased by $10 next year. (FYI extra monies are donated to the Legion)
Edmond LeBeouf won the 50/50 draw this year.
The much anticipated Bob Hart Best Sweeper award went to Bill Atkins. Bobby mentioned that the reason that team Rowland won the Tom Sayer trophy was because of their sweepers. That was very appropriate because the plaque on the trophy reads : Don't just tickle the ice.... SWEEP!
In our closing competition Team Coutts went from 4th place to 1st to take the closing draw of the season (Beliveau Draw). Team Rainbow finished in 2nd place, and Team Langdon finished in 3rd.
Below are the pictures taken during the dinner.
On the Friday there was the last of the school children who came for some curling experience (75 students) and there were many volunteers along with the instructor Linda Dimatteo. Thanks to everyone involved in all of the sessions.
Thanks everyone! See you all next year!
School Children on the last Friday of the year.
We had our first Christmas party in 3 years !! We ha d a great turn out of 85 people. Everybody there was treated to some great curling.
In the semi-finals Team Gosselin was up 4 - 2 coming home in the 6th end. Team Langdon pulled off a 3 ender to win 5 to 4. In the other semi-final after 4 ends team Coutts was up 3-2. They had two rocks counting and one of them was dead -buried. Team St-Denis had an almost impossible draw for one and all anyone behind the glass saw, was a take-out leaving St-Denis down another point. However, the spirit of Brad Gushue visited our club and St-Denis settled in the hack and launched a rocket toward the 1/3 of a rock that he could see and made a double take-out to score 4 in the 5th. The best team Coutts could do was one in the 6th for a final score of 6-4 for St-Denis.
So the two top teams were eliminated in the semi-finals. The final was a topsy-turvy game with St-Denis scoring ends of 3, 2 and 5 and Langdon scoring 4, 1,1, 3 and 1 in the 8th end to force an extra end. St-Denis prevailed in a fantastic match.
Jon Bazar, the club president told us that the club was doing well and had great membership for the night, day and junior curling. Neil Tomiuk introduced the newest members to "Day Curling " Mark Boswick, Linda Dimatteo, Mike Homsy, Rob Lennox, Peggy Sheppard, David Leith, Gary White and Jay de la Durantaye. He also mentioned that once again we would be hosting elementary school children this spring (dates to be determined). Gilles Leblanc talked about the fact that this year we did not have enough players to enter the interclub competition and he hoped this would change for next year.
Many Thanks to our iceman Allan Jones, our two volunteer bartenders Bill Sansom and Bob Hart and to the person that has the most difficult job in the club, draw-master Bob Fournier. We had a fantastic turkey dinner put on by Stuart Lebaron and served up by our wonderful volunteers, Dorothy and Yves Gauthier, Bob and Claire Burns, Bill Louch and even at times Chris Poulter.
Gary White won $250 in the 50/50 draw (the second half to the Legion).
The icing on the cake was the draw to the button for a turkey, won by Jim Lacey at 1/2 inch from the pin !!!!
Merry Christmas everyone. See You next Year !