Report from Jean Hart: Morning Ladies held their 31st Happy Hearts Bonspiel on February 10th, the Wednesday before Valentines Day. Twelve teams from Curl Moncton, Pugwash, Sussex, Rexton and Amherst participated. The curlers enjoyed good ice, lots of tasty food and great fellowship. The first place team was Jeannine Hannay from Rexton, second place was Laurie Donaher from Curl Moncton, third was Monique Taylor from Curl Moncton and fourth was Pauline Crealock from Sussex. The draw to the button was won by Josette Gaudet from Curl Moncton.
Thanks for another successful event go to our sponsors (FRS Flooring Solutions and Blooms Flowers), our ice makers ( Myles and Gerry) and the Morning Ladies whose effort, creativity and heart produced an enjoyable event for their guests.
Note from the Board of Directors: The Bar report for the Feb.15th Board of Directors meeting tells us that " Happy Hearts generated $600 in (bar) revenue, mostly through wine sales - approximately 95 glasses of wine were sold during this one day event, compared to total wine and coolers sold in November of 138 and December of 147. " Well done ladies!
Report from Don MacIntyre: The 2016 Cumberland Honda Men's Bonspiel was held at the club on Jan. 15, 16, and 17. The format for the bonspiel has been changed the last few years to accommodate more local curlers. There were 10 teams entered, with each team being guaranteed 4 games. Unfortunately the bonspiel was not full with space for 2 more teams. The bonspiel is now a cash spiel, with a team receiving $30 for each win. The big winner was the Hoeg team from River Hebert, winning 4 games. Several teams won 2 games and all teams won at least 1 game.
The organizing committee would like to thank the following people for their contributions to the bonspiel. Cumberland Honda for their generous cash donation to the club. Mark Allen for providing pizzas Friday night for all participants. Nancy Oulton for providing lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Hugh Fensom for looking after coffee and 50/50 sales. Frank Oulton for donating door prizes. Lloyd Varner and Sharon Nicol for their help in the kitchen. Last but not least Myles Trenholm, Gerry Goddard and the ice crew for providing us with great ice all weekend.
Report from Erin Penney: The annual Curl for Cancer chaired by Erin Penney took place on Feb 6. This year was the 25th anniversary of this event in Sackville, a fundraiser that has brought close to $300,000 back to the community.
The event was a great success with 30 teams and over 100 people participating. A total of $14, 383.51 was raised for the Canadian Cancer Society. Malcolm Fowler was the highest individual fundraiser with $2020. The money raised for the event stays right here, helping to pay for wigs, and services for people living with cancer in NB. The highest scoring team was The Dunn Bunnies consisting of present and past Mount Allison staff from the Dunn Bldg. Best dressed team, Not a Full Box, are pictured at the left.
The Curl for Cancer planning committee would like to thank all of the volunteers, companies that donated food/prizes and corporate sponsors for their hard work. Special thanks to Myles Trenholm for preparing the ice.
The annual Brown Bag Bonspiel was held on Saturday February 20th and was the usual rousing success. Teams played two four end games followed by a pot-luck supper and a roaring game of dice. The first four end game followed normal curling rules but the second game was a little different. Teams played one end with all players using the stick, one end using little rocks (they curl like nobody's business), one end with scoring determined by the dreaded envelope and the final end with regular curling rules again. Pretty crazy and lots of fun! Entry fee was a gift in a brown bag and everyone left with a different brown bag.
Thanks to Karie and Mike Stokes for again organizing this event together with help from Lloyd Varner, Hugh Fensom, Ken and Sharon Nicol and Don MacIntyre.
On the weekend of February 13/4, the NB Mixed Doubles Championship was held in Woodstock, N.B. The winners were Julia Hunter of the SCC and teammate Alex Robichaud from the Capital Winter Club of Fredericton. As well, 4th place winners were Kathleen Trites and Morris Carter of the SCC. The Nationals Mixed Doubles will be held in Saskatoon at the end of March.
For those who might be wondering how mixed doubles is played, this from the World Curling Federation website:
Instead of playing in teams of four, mixed doubles curling is for teams of two players – one male and one female (no alternate/substitute player is allowed).
- The game is played on the same sheets of ice as “traditional” curling.
- Teams have only six stones each (instead of eight) and one of those stones, from each team, is prepositioned on the centreline before each end of play starts.
- Player one delivers the first and last stones and player two plays the second, third and fourth stones. If they choose to, the two players may swap positions from one end to the next.
- Sweeping can be done by both team members.
- Each team receives 22 minutes of thinking time and games are scheduled for 8 ends – compared to 38 minutes and 10 ends for “traditional‟ curling.
Feb 27: Pub night
March 9,16,23: Morning men host visiting teams
March 24-26: Mixed closing bonspiel