Hardy Rock 2019 Closing

Post date: Apr 10, 2019 2:09:15 PM


Another season is over ! We had a great year with 74 members and some tremendous competitions. The last competition of the season was the for the Len Beliveau Trophy presented by Millie Beliveau and skip John Coutts, 3rd Dorothy Gauthier, 2nd Bill Sclater and lead Alan Gibb ran away with the trophy. Barry Rowland, Bob Fournier, Marcel Dery and Dave Lazenbury came second followed by Richard Hatrick, Jim Tisdall, Tony Merulla and Claude Turmel in the third place. I have to note that our newer players Claude Turmel and Alan Gibb have made it to the finals on a couple of occasions already. I will have to take that into consideration for the draws next year.

We had a wonderful turnout for the closing with well over 80 people present. The roast beef dinner put on by Barbara Robinson was superb and she was ably supported by Fred & Jeanette Albert, Jon and Joan Bazar, Lise Bernier, Janice Robinson, Yves & Dorothy Gauthier and Cam Jobin. (thanks to all)

Special thanks also to Jim Markham, Bill Sansom, Bob Hart, and Mike Sheppard as well as our iceman Allan Jones and the legion manager Terry Connolly for all they do to make our time at the club such a success.

It was good to see ex-Hardy Rocks Jack Bannon and Bruce Munro join us this year for the closing as well as special guests Madeleine Langlois from palliative care and trophy presenters Millie Beliveau and Shirley Sayer.

We took the occasion to say goodbye to one of our own, “Alex Timm” who will be curling out of Pointe Claire next year.

The Hardy Rocks will be donating $500 to the legion from our fees as well as $205 from the 50 / 50 draw won this year by Gilles Leblanc.

Neil Tomiuk also explained that the school children program was once again a success thanks to all the help from the volunteers.

The Interclub teams finished in 9th place out of 13 and Bob Fournier mentioned that there is a proposal to split the interclub clubs into an "A" and "B" section to balance the competition more evenly with one team moving up and one down at the end of each season.

Gilles Leblanc said that we are going to buy combination locks next year to avoid the problems of spare keys. He also asked for volunteers for the clean up of the shed and basement on Monday April 15.

Barry Rowland explained that the skips agreed that next year the Crockart draw will be an Eager Beaver competition where every player will move up one position for the duration of that draw and the skips will play lead. This will be everyone's chance to get experience at the next level up.

Jay de la Durantaye talked about all the competitions our club is involved in and some of the items that are being considered for improvement such as the curling rocks themselves (~$16,000 to replace all the rocks). The first step will be a sanding pad to sharpen the stones 2-3 times per year to get better curl. He also spoke of the financial health of the club and the standard benchmark of 100 members per sheet, and the challenge to the Hardy Rocks to boost our numbers to 80 players.

Bob Hart presented his best sweeper of the year award to Real Fortier.

Gerry Foliot presented the donations raised by the tips to the Hardy Rock bartenders for the refurbishment of the birdfeeders at the palliative care in the presence of Madeleine Langlois Mktg Coordinator for the palliative care, and Bill Louch who has been tirelessly maintaining the existing feeders.

Shirley Sayer and Jim Markham presented the Tom Sayer trophy to the day ladder winning team of Paul Rainbow, John Coutts, Barry Rowland, Bob Fournier and Bill Atkins.

The Hardy Rocks wish a speedy and full recovery to Glenn Ruiter, Richard Little and to Neil Tomiuk and his wife.

Hardy Rock golf is just around the corner! Have a great summer and see you all next year.