Lefthanders World Championships
The Lefthanders’ World Championship was held at Oakville Curling Club April 5th - 8th. A total of 32 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams participated from Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon. Players from as far away as Scotland, California and Calgary, as well as teams from across Ontario and New York State participated in this event.
Interestingly, many teams had right handers curling with them, somehow managing to switch hands in order to participate in this fun filled event. To keep everyone honest, only one hack (the one lefties use) was screwed into place at each end.
Pictured, from left to right, are Joan Kennedy (Vice, past member of BCC, currently Milton CC), Marsha Speevak (Skip, BCC member), Terry Lee Milligan (Second, Mississaugua GCC member) and Stella Vinson (Lead, BCC member). While the team was knocked out of the Main Event by the team of Ruth Alexander (Highland Curling Club), who ultimately won the Championship this year, they came through the final game with a respectable runners up finish in the Consolation Event.
Thank You to our Youth Coaches
Our coaches D. Bruce, C. Christensen, S. Keba, G. Reid, I. Jones, C. Krazek work hard sharing their curling skills teaching, mentoring and encouraging our young curlers. Our Coaches teach every Sunday and help our young curlers qualify for events outside our club like the Hit Tap Draw event. We also hold the Little Rocks/Bantam Bonspiel in January at our club and want to thank S. Keba for chairing this event as well as those who help out.
Our Little Rock, Bantam and Junior parents would like to thank all our coaches for all you do for our kids every week.
Congratulations to Sarah Bailey, Vice for Team Warriner
Sarah plays with the BCC Monday Ladies CYO
Team Warriner won Provincials this past Sunday at the Hamilton Victoria Curling Club, winning the round robin with as record of 5-2 they went straight to the final to play Team Bernard. It was a great final with both teams giving their all, staying within 1 point throughout the game until Team Warriner took 4 in the seventh end guaranteeing the win.
They will be representing Ontario at the U18 Nationals from April 9 to 14 in St. Andrews New Brunswick.
2018 Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championshiphttp://www.curling.ca/2018under18/
6-Ender Year Ender
Congratulations to Team Lewis (left photo) who won this year's 6-Ender Year Ender Spiel, closely followed by runners up Team Sweeney. Thanks to event organizer Ken Griffith for putting together a great event and preparing a great lunch! Thanks to Amica at Brampton for its support of the event.
Thank you to our Little Rock, Bantam and Junior Coaches
Brandon Lewis - Our BCC's Bantam Curler's article in The Nugget during the 2018 Ford World Women's Curling Championships.
Brandon Lewis knows curling.
The 12-year-old from Brampton, whose grandparents live in North Bay, knows the statistics, history and players of every international team competing in the Ford World Women's Curling Championships in North Bay.
“If I wasn't here I would be curling myself,” he said Sunday while waiting to get autographs from the members of the curling team from China at The Patch, as the North Bay Granite Club is known this week.
“As soon as I heard North Bay was hosting the world's I called my grandma and told my parents I really wanted to go.”
His wish came true.
Brandon's parents bought him a weekend pass.
He spent three days taking in the sights and sounds at Memorial Gardens.
Brandon also took the opportunity to get as many signatures as possible from the world's best on his grey curling shirt.
This isn't the first big curling event he's attended.
He watched the Scotties Tourney of Hearts in St. Catharines last month.
Brandon, who started curling last year, said he fell in love with the game, not because any of his relatives play it - because they don't – but because he enjoys the strategy of the game.
“I like the calmness of it. I don't like the rough sports,” he said.
His grandmother, Nancy Lewis, can attest to his love of the game.
“He eats, sleeps and thinks about curling,” she said. “He even sleeps with his curling broom.”
The sport does have its perks.
“He sweeps my floor all of the time. He says he's getting practice time in.”
Lewis has plenty of stories pertaining to her grandson and his love for the sport.
She said last year Brandon was over at her house and she heard him say “I love you” as she left the room.
“I responded back “I love you too Brandon.”
But the affection wasn't directed toward grandma.
“He said he loves me, but at the time was talking to his curling broom.”
Congratulations to Monica and Mikala Ottogalli
The team from D'Youville which includes our Bantams Monica and Mikala Ottogalli won the ROPSSAA Senior Open Girls title yesterday and will now be heading to the OFSAA Championship after March Break.
Monica & Mikalya started in Little Rocks 7 years ago.
Congratulation Coach Greg Reid
I proudly announce that my own school, Xavier, took it's first ROPSSAA Title in the Senior Mixed division along with a Silver in Junior Girls. That is thanks, in no small part, to the coaching I have learned from working with this great group at BCC. I just wanted to thank all of you for your guidance and support these last 5 years and I look forward to continuing the work.
(Greg Reid has been coaching with BCC for 5 years with his kids in the Little Rocks program. He is also a BCC member curling in Thursday’s Mens CYO League.)
Rock 'n' Roy Wraps Up 8-Year Run
We recently announced the end of our Rock n Roy fun bonspiel. After 8 years running the committee thought it was time to say goodbye to an amazing event that raised thousands of dollars in Roy’s memory for the Brampton Area Community Foundation. The success of this spiel over the years is attributed to many and we would like to take the opportunity to send our sincere appreciation ….
First, our sponsors, as provided below, Our amazing bartenders Chris and Fiona, The City of Brampton Staff including our ice makers and previously Dave’s Ice Making Services, Jacquie our club administrator, The BCC Board of Directors, and the curlers both internal and external.
We thank you , thank you , thank you!
Gold Line Curling, Tim Horton’s – Kyle Selmes, Dr. Don Patterson Optometry, Vivid Signs and Graphics – Ollie Vandreme, Battershell Plumbing and Heating Limited – Trevor Battershell, Golden Productions – Jay Mathers, Olymel – Ron Mitchell, J.W. Smith Custom Broker – Greg Smith, Tripak Corporation – Ken Griffith, Making Waves, - Tiernen Murphy, Estate Lighting – Bill Alley, Fred Langevin, George & Sharon Kolish, Heather Mastine, Wendell Brown, Cara Howell, Nita Hayward, Jessie Bannerman, Tim and Pauline Orpwood, Canadian Hockey League – Carla Graansma, Joan and Mitch Kennedy, Elaine Klassen, Pat Walker, Ron & Janet Rawding, Steve and Jen Mclean, Linda Vervoorn, Mike and Joanne Myler
The Open House on February 17th was a huge success with 85 people attending the event. Everyone learned a lot about the game of curling.
Ralf Jarchow Memorial Spiel for Peel
Thanks to everyone who made the 2018 Ralf Jarchow Memorial Spiel for Peel a huge success - raising more than $9000 in support of the WIlliam Osler Health System Foundation. Congratulations to Team Tune who wone the early draw and to Team Kerr who won the late draw. Thanks to Richard Prouse, Richard Powers, Steve Robinson, Jarchow Family, R.J. Clegg, Ron Fay and Team McMahon for their financial support of the event as well as everyone who donated prizes for the "Ralfle" and Silent Auction or purchased a card in Ralf's Ride...this spiel wouldn't have been a success without your support!
Congratulations to Eli Wingrove
Eli Wingrove attended the Hit, Draw, Tap Youth Skills Competition in Huntsville. Eli came in 3rd place in the 9-10 age group. The Hit, Draw and Tap is a youth skills competition where kids aged 6-13 compete as individuals. The kids perform three different shots, a “Hit,” a “Draw” and a “Tap.” It’s similar to the skills competition that they used to do at the Continental Cup. John Epping was on hand giving the kids tips and a lot of encouragement.
On February 3, 48 ladies participated in the inaugural Spirit Tree Ladies Bonspiel.
Our theme “Go For the Gold, Celebrate Our Olympic Athletes”, was celebrated in our decorations, our winning medals, and of course the celebration of our own pursuit of the perfect draw, the double take out and I made it over the hog line, day of curling. Highlights from the day included, good food, and a fashion show of trending accessories and wraps from a Stephane’s furs, great curling and prizes for all. All of the ladies and mixed leagues were represented and a special mention to the first year and first bonspiel curlers that joined us. Congratulations to our 3 podium teams: Gold Medal: Lisa Gilroy, Leslie Richard, Joyce Sutherland and Deb Dhillon, Silver Medal: Joanne Myler, Dawn Jones, Kristen Krepps and Julie Hymers, Bronze Medal: Melissa Aucouin, Mary-Anne Tune, Gayle Rowett and Margaret Sabucco.Special thanks to our sponsor Spirit Tree Estate Cidery for their support, and our ladies new trophy.
Little Rocks/Bantam Spiel
Our Little Rocks and Bantam curlers had a fun day meeting teams from other clubs. The bag pipes opened the ceremonies. Thank you to the Leaders, volunteers and parents for you support. Thank you to Don Bruce and Shawn Keba for organizing a great day.