Hack to Hack
Monday, December 09, 2013
These guys were lights out! All week. And in the end, it was Team Jacobs heading to the Olympics. And they deserve it too. All the hard work and dedication...this is what it yields. A great day for Soo Curlers and a great day for Northern Ontario curling. And yes Maymar, I did a couple of cartwheels around the living room when the final game was over.
I can remember playing against Jacobs a few times on the Northern Ontario Curling Tour and in regional playdowns. While we sat at our table having a quick beverage before going on the ice, the boys were at the bar choking down a quick protein shake. And that is the difference. They made a commitment and they made some goals and achieved success. What a wonderful accomplishment for this young crew! And I will go on to say that Ryan Fry made such a great addition to this squad. As well, I was really happy to see Caleb Flaxey as their fifth since he was there in the beginning with these guys. And kudos to Tom Coulterman, the coach of Team Jacobs. You can be sure that Tom has brought lots to this squad and I am happy to see that he is a part of this Olympic dream.
I was looking at the teams going to the Olympics from all the other countries. These are all teams that Jacobs has beaten for the most part and I fully expect that these guys will medal. In fact, a gold medal is a very real possibility for these guys.
In other news, Maymar and Al Gemmell played in the US National Mixed Doubles in Wisconsin just last week. I was away in Barrie, working for the week but I thought of them several times and wondered how they were making out. As it was, they went 4 - 3. Not enough for a berth in the finals but certainly an outstanding showing all the same. It is difficult not to be proud of this couple. They have made so many worthwhile contributions to curling over the years, the list would be too long to mention. We, at the BRCC, should be so proud to have them associated with our club. Two absolutely first class people and certainly huge assets to our little club.
It's nice to be back and I'll be having my first game in over a week tonight. I'm stoked. I am not a fan of being away from the Roaring Game for any length of time and certainly I miss the BRCC and my curling pals when I am on the road. Not a surprise really...the BRCC is an awesome club and after the Xmas break, there will be lots of action at the club. The Ladies, The Mixed and the Mens Closing all loom ahead...and we all know what kind of a good time come with those events....and if you don't, well...you need to join curling and find out!
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Posted by Blind River Curling Club at 4:28 pm
Friday, November 29, 2013
After the long qualifying process to get to this elite tournament, it comes down to 8 mens and 8 womens teams and certainly, whoever gets on a roll will represent Canada. All the teams particpating will have a good chance to get through but for me, I have my favorites. Here's my picks:
Ladies: Final: Homan vs Jones and Homan wins. Although Homan has been beaten by most of the ladies teams participating in this event, I think that Team Homan has the best game out there. If they can get it together and keep it together, they stand the best chance of getting through. But, I can not count out Jones because they are a veteran team and could easily win. I cannot see the others getting through. I am a fan of Team Nedohin but I just cannot see them winning this. Heather Nedohin is great for TV curling...I have always said that...but I just don't know if they can win. The others...great teams but I just don't think so. In the final analysis, Homan is my pick to go to the Olympics...and I really like them. They are an exciting team to watch.
Men: Well, this is a little trickier because of the depth of the men's field. However, I see Howard as the team to beat and by far, the most consistent for a long time. FINAL: Howard vs Jacobs and Howard wins. That is my realistic side talking...if I was speaking from my heart...then Jacobs wins. You can be sure that I will be rooting for Jacobs all the way and if this crew wins, you just know that I will be doing cartwheels around the living room. He will have to peak like he did last year at the Brier to do it. A very real possibility. As for the others, if they get on a roll, they too, can pull it off. However, after all the rhetoric, I am thinking that it is Howard that will be the team to beat.
And, when Sunday comes, you can be sure that I will be watching and stay tuned, I'll be looking to keep you up to dates with my wild and random thoughts as this curling drama unfolds.
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Posted by Blind River Curling Club at 3:42 pm
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Beth Laderoute vs Liz Rouselle. WIN for Rouselle.
Annie Austin vs Deanna Roberts. WIN for Roberts.
Joanna Hammond vs Lucy Ann Trudeau. WIN for Hammond.
Marty Mitchell vs Chantal MacLeod. WIN for Mitchell.
Anita Moran vs Jamie Ellmore. WIN for Moran
Vola Roberts vs Christie Hagger. WIN for Hagger.
FEATURE GAME: Vola Roberts vs Christie Hagger. This was a great game for both squads. Like any typical well-played game, this one went back and forth and was settled only in the last end. Vola Roberts was a late entry in the ladies league and she put together a squad of new and newer curlers. But despite this, this team is gelling and they are gaining momentum. Although down three in the last, these ladies rallied by putting some guards in play and on Kirby Horton's second stone, they attempted to come around the guards and set up some points. Unfortunately, the draw was heavy and mathematically, the game was over. But, regardless of this, the Roberts rink have demonstrated that they have it in them and I have no doubt that they will be right there in the mix before long.
BIG SURPRISE: Kirby Horton. I have not seen Kirby in the leagues until this year. Kirby is a newer curler but despite the fact that she has not played regular curling (at least for a very long time), this young lady has great style. She can throw the heaters accurately and before long, she is going to be a tough vice to have to curl against. Great start!
STILL LOVIN' THE GAME: Akeshia Trudeau. Akeshia Trudeau plays in two leagues at the BRCC...the Tuesday Ladies and the Wednesday Open 8 Ender. After a great run in the juniors, she was off to school for a while but is now back and not surprisingly, has found her way back to the club. Akeshia is a solid player and she would be formidable if she played more. There is still more competitive curling in her future.
HUGE STRIDES AHEAD: Heather Roberts. I was watching part of the Deanna Roberts / Annie Austin game last night and I noticed Heather making a few shots during this game. Heather has a nice, straight slide and she has no trouble hitting the broom...and consequently makes alot of shots for her skipper. Playing in two leagues has helped Heather enhance her game and it really shows. Terrific results for such a pleasant lady. Great job Heather.
EMBRACING THE HELM: Annie Austin. My beloved wife and pal Annie is full time at the helm for the second year. With a knee problem, Annie uses a stick and throws lead stones but calls the game. Watching her game last night, I could not help but notice how far her strategy game has come. Her choice of shots when considering who had last rock as well as her squad's position on the score board really demonstrated how far her understanding of the game from a skip's perspective has come. With all the games she is getting under her belt (and perhaps her enduring of my TV curling rants), she has a solid plan when she is in a game situation. Great job Annie!
GREAT CURLING ADVOCATE: Vola Roberts. Like I said earlier, Vola has some new players on her crew this year. This is what every club (and curling in general) needs, members who bring new members to the club and introduce them to curling. Thanks alot Vola...the BRCC (and curling) applaude you!
So that's how it was between the sheets for this Tuesday Ladies night. Last night, we handed around the food bank basket and $100.00 was raised. This was just in one evening with more to come. The BRCC ladies are so generous. But no big surprise there!
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Posted by Blind River Curling Club at 3:17 pm
Andrew Ludgate vs Joanna Hammond. WIN for Hammond
Glen Austin vs Gator Fortin. WIN for Austin
Michel Rivard vs Dan McMillan. WIN for McMillan
Ryan Hagger vs Hailey Horton. WIN for Horton
Bob Villeneuve vs Sandy Milroy. WIN for Villeneuve
Jerry Jensen vs Craig Roberts. WIN for Jensen
FEATURE GAME: No feature game this week as I was not there to see any. But, I do have a Feature Team: Team Gator Fortin. Quite possibly, the most fun team in the league. If you have ever played on a Monday night and not heard Karen Fortin laughing, then I would have to say that you need the batteries on your "Whisper 2000" changed. They do not win every game...in fact I would hazard a guess that their record is 500 in a season which is pretty good! But in terms of having a good time and enjoying each others' company, then this team is 1000! They have been together in the Monday Mixed for several years now and it is teams like this that enhance the Monday Mixed.
ENTHUSIASTIC CURLER: Heidi Lees. Heidi Lees has been curling in the Mixed league for quite a few years. She got her start with Team Kearns and since then has moved to Team Villeneuve. Heidi loves to play curling and she never misses a chance to spare. If you are looking for an enthusiastic curler to fill in, give Heidi a call. She has stepped up her game big time and who can resist that smile?
WELCOME PRESENCE: Marissa Deverell. Marissa has been sparing for Team Villeneuve on a regular basis and it sure is nice to see her around the club. She is a regular at the Ladies spiel and this year in particular, she will be well-practised.
BEST FUR HAT: Mary Shamas. Mary is a regular with Team McMillan. She is a huge curling enthusiast and despite being a very busy lady, she comes out to curl as often as she can. You will know Mary by her fur hat she wears while on the ice. Not only does Mary embrace curling (which she is very good at) but she embraces fashion as well.
So that's how the rocks curled for this past Monday. You will notice that for this week, there is a "pass the hat" thing going around the clubhouse...actually it is a little pink basket. This is a collection for the food bank. As the Christmas season rolls around, we should all be thinking about those less fortunate and look to doing what we can to help.
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Posted by Blind River Curling Club at 2:41 pm
Monday, November 25, 2013
Tod Swan vs Chris Zagar. WIN for Swan.
Ben Lemieux vs Craig Roberts. WIN for Lemieux
Dan Berthelot vs Brian Tonelli. WIN for Berthelot
Dave Mitchell vs Andrew Roberts. WIN for Mitchell
Chris Astles vs Yvon Valiquette. WIN for Valiquette
John Hammond vs Francois Lemieux. WIN for Lemieux
Tom St Jules vs Keith Rouselle. WIN for Rouselle
Rick Berthelot vs Alain Viel. WIN for Viel
Jim Kendick vs Michel Rivard. WIN for Kendrick
Glen Austin vs Bob Villeneuve. WIN for Villeneuve
FEATURE GAME: Chris Astles vs Yvon Valiquette. Extremely close game up but in the 8th end, Team Astles needed 2 to tie. By then, the Valiquette squad were in complete defensive mode and were eliminating as many opposing stones as possible. Nonetheless, by the time skips rocks rolled around, there were 3 Valiquette rocks in the house and Chris Astles had a very difficult double raise tap to get one of his rocks into the house for at least second shot. His rock over curled and wrecked off a front guard. There was no need to throw his last as there was no way to score two points and the game ended there. Regardless of the win or loss, this was a well-played game by both sides and and excellent ending to watch. Chris Astles and his entire team played an great game. Jerry Jensen plays in the vice position and he is an excellent player. Why Jerry has not been scooped up to play Mens Senior Competitive is a mystery. Dave Rainville plays in the second postion and he also makes alot of shots for his skipper. This is no surprise..he has been in the game for alot of years. And in the lead position is Gerard Rainville. an excellent lead in his own right. Gerard is another seasoned veteran and he puts lots of rocks in play to get the end going for his team.
RED BUM AWARDS: Three to give out this week. 1st to Brian Tonelli...tough loss this week. 2nd to Andrew Roberts...when the curling gods are not with you....not to worry guys, happens to everyone...that's curling! And third, as much as it pains me to have to do this, I have to give one to myself. Team Villeneuve gave the Thursday Newfie Bullet a spanking but in our defense, I would like to say that we took it like men!
TIED NO MORE: Team Mitchell. After three consecutive ties (is this a BRCC record?), Team Mitchell posted a win this week. I guess fourth time's a charm!
HAVING AN AWESOME YEAR: Terry Fryer. Terry is no stranger to the BRCC and has played on competitive teams for a while now. This year, Terry has been playing well. In the games that I have watched him play, Terry has made some "humdingers" and either bailed his skip out of a world of hurt or has set up the end! Great job Terry.
ALSO HAVING A GOOD YEAR: Doug Kearns. Our resident legal eagle has been making lots of very nice shots this year. Doug is a fun guy to wither play with or against. This year, I have noticed that Doug is on his game and certainly making a ton of shots to help his team.
UNDEFEATED: The Molson Exers and Team Villeneuve. The Molson Exers (Team Keith Rouselle) are having a star-studded year. They are absolutely on fire. This might put a target on them but they should receive special mention for the great season they are having thus far. As well, Team Villeneuve is having an excellent year. With Bob away for a portion of the season, Terry Fryer was at the helm so he did his part to help keep the momentum going this season. Great job by all 4 players on both teams.
MADE THE ADJUSTMENT: Tod Swan. With the breakups of the Posties, Tod looked for and found a new squad...Warren Neufeld and Rob Henderson. As far as I know, this is a 3-man crew so if you are looking to play Mens, call Tod. These guys have gelled and are stringing some wins together.
ALWAYS DEALING THE PAIN: Richard Olmstead. Rich loves the game and it shows. He is out there 3 nights a week and he spares whenever asked. He also does alot of maintenance work around the club and is an all around asset to the BRCC. Richard is a member of the current club champion team and often plays in the second position. If you have ever played against Richard, you will have felt the pain that the outcome of his shots inflict.
HUGE IMPROVEMENT: Scotty Smith. Scott Smith has really brought his game full circle. He consistently throws great weight and has become very accurate and focused. Scott is an excellent front end player...and is also a member of the current club champion team.
So that is how the rocks curled this past Thursday Mens. Lots of season left and although this is true, the Men's Closing is now being talked about. That's right, Checks for the Men's Closing are due Dec 1st. Make sure to get your checks in ($240.00). Don't lose your spot!! The BRCC Mens Closing is the premiere event of the season...not to be missed!!
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Posted by Blind River Curling Club at 4:30 pm
Friday, November 22, 2013
Ryan Hagger vs Lucy Ann Trudeau. WIN for Hagger.
Al Viel vs John Topash. WIN for Viel.
Warren Neufeld vs Tom St Jules WIN for St Jules
Glen Austin vs Hailey Horton WIN for Austin
FEATURE GAME: Warren Neufeld vs Tom St Jules. This was a back and forth match from what I could see but the St Jules rink were sharp and it seemed that the Neufeld Factor was chasing throughout. And that's saying something when you consider that the Neufeld squad are a tough crew who win most of their games. But it was Big Daddy and his squad that prevailed in this one. They were strong from lead to skip. Ray Quenville plays lead for this squad and he curls with a stick. Over time, Ray has mastered the stick and he makes alot of shots. Then there is Helen Rancourt. This lady is so nice and she has improved so much. She makes a ton of shots for her skip. And Big Daddy was rockin' it as well. He was making double take outs with rolls...just tough to deal with their game. Sometimes when the curling stars align for a team, there can be no catching them.
SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE IVORY SOAP GIRL: Helen Rancourt. Helen is super friendly and a very sincere individual. And she is a wonderful sport. 99 and 44/100s pure just like Ivory Soap!
OUTNUMBERED 3:1 BY WOMEN: Dawson Kluding. Dawson plays with Team Hailey Horton on Wednesday nights. Being that he is the only male on this crew, Dawson quietly goes about the business of making shots and sweeping rocks taking direction from the three women. Smart man! He may be a perfect candidate for marriage when the time comes!
EXCELLENT SPORT: Brian Tonelli. Our Friendly Giant plays twice a week, on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Brian loves the Roaring Game and although he may not win all of them, he can usually be counted on for a good close match. More importantly, Brian is a great guy and always a pleasure to play against and hang out with after.
ANOTHER IMPROVED CURLER: Natalie Bray. Natalie is playing in the Tuesday Ladies as well as the Wednesday league this year. She has improved greatly and she demonstrates excellent weight control which is what you need in a lead. Great job Natalie.
FIRST RATE FIT AT THE BRCC: Brian St Pierre. Brian is the club employee and I have just come to know him this season. I work closely with Brian and he is a perfect fit for the BRCC. He is personable and does a good job around the club. A pleasure to have this guy around.
STILL MAKIN' IT WORK AT THE BRCC: Ron Forest. Ron has been a member of the BRCC for a very long time. More than that, he has been a great help to the club for a very long time. When we play our games, we should bear in mind that it is partially due to Ron's dedication to the BRCC that we can enjoy having good ice to play on. Thanks alot Ron! There are also others like Warren Neufeld and Ricky Albert that also contribute vast amounts of time to the club. We could not have such a cool operation without the efforts of these fine people.
So that's how it all shook out this past Wednesday. With Xmas just around the corner, you might be wondering what to get that special someone. Well, if they are a curler, then curling supplies is always a great option. The BRCC has a plethora of nice brooms as well as a variety of shoes. Also, lots of gloves and grippers that ALWAYS make great stocking stuffers.
Don't forget about the Santa Claus parade on Friday evening. The BRCC has a float in it! And midnight madness right after. Remember...shopping local is the way to go!
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Posted by Blind River Curling Club at 3:37 pm
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Jamie Ellmore vs Lucy Ann Trudeau. WIN for Trudeau
Liz Rouselle vs Chantal MacLeod. WIN for Rouselle
Marty Mitchell vs Anita Moran. WIN for Mitchell
Deanna Roberts vs Beth Laderoute WIN for Laderoute
Annie Austin vs Christie Hagger WIN for Hagger
Vola Roberts vs Joanna Hammond WIN for Hammond
FEATURE GAME: Deanna Roberts vs Beth Laderoute. I only caught the tail end of this game but it was neck and neck the whole way through. In the final end, Team Roberts found themselves 1 down without the hammer but with a stone sitting second shot. For her last, Deanna had to choose between a run back double or a difficult back line / hack weight come around tap to sit 1st and 2nd shot which would have left Beth Laderoute a tough draw for the win (there was alot of junk out in front so draws would have been tough). Deanna opted for the come around tap and was just a hair heavy and her rock did not curl at the end and she just ticked the opposing shot stone. She might have missed but only just barely. It was an excellent attempt at a very difficult shot. Nonetheless, a great game and a great finish for these two teams.
HAVING A GREAT SEASON: Team Laderoute. This squad has been together for a few years and they are having a great season this year. With only 1 or 2 losses (I'm not sure which) this season thus far, the Laderoute crew are sitting near the front of the pack, if not in a tie for first place. These ladies are the nicest sort and I'm happy to see them doing well. Keep it up ladies!
FOUND THEIR MOJO: Team Rouselle. After a bumpy beginning, Team Rouselle has found their groove and are stringing the wins together. Liz Rouselle et al are veterans in the Tuesday Ladies and are usually found near the top of the leader board. I expect that this is where they are headed again.
LIVING AT THE CLUB: Lucy Ann Trudeau. No, Lucy is not actually living at the club but she spends an awful lot of time there. Lucy plays in all three leagues and coaches Team Hailey Horton (Bantams). Lucy is a fellow curling chronic and has embraced the Roaring Game with absolute fervor. If the club ever shut down, Lucy would be first in line at the support group.
GROWING IN THE GAME: Nicole Mutch. Nicole is a newer curler and curls regularly in the Monday Mixed. Last night she was out sparing in the Tuesday Ladies. This is always indicative of someone enjoying what they are doing and it seems apparent that Nicole has also been bitten by the Curling Bug and looks to play more. She had developed her delivery and there can be no doubt that with her enthusiasm and willingness to play more, she is going to move forward in the game and will find herself in the groove. Another of those naturals, I think.
So, that's it for another Tuesday. Don't forget that this Friday, November 22nd, there will be a Santa Claus parade and then midnight madness after ward. I should mention that alot of local businesses contribute generously to the BRCC as well as other organisations around town. That is why shopping locally is always a good idea. Keeping our local businesses healthy keeps the town healthy. ALSO, the BRCC will have a float in this years Santa Claus parade. Come out and watch...you'll see some BRCC little rockers bantams, and I imagine, some adults on that float.
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Posted by Blind River Curling Club at 10:49 am
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Sandy Milroy vs Jerry Jensen. WIN for Jensen
Ryan Hagger vs Craig Roberts. WIN for Hagger
Glen Austin vs Hailey Horton. WIN for Horton
Andrew Ludgate vs Bob Villeneuve. WIN for Ludgate
Dan McMillan vs Andrew Roberts. WIN for McMillan
Michel Rivard vs Gator Fortin. WIN for Fortin
FEATURE GAME: Glen Austin vs Hailey Horton. This match was close the whole way through. With some key shots made by the teacher/student combination (Team Horton), the Monday Newfie Bullet was forced to a second place finish. The game looked like it was going to bust wide open in the fifth end with Team Austin lying 4. Horton was staring down the likelihood of giving up 4 with the possibility of 5. Hailey Horton threw her first to either run back her own rock or straight peel it. This was a long run back and she made it good, taking out the opposing second shot stone and sitting second shot herself, buried. Austin's last come into the top eight forcing Horton into a difficult come around draw to the button just to score. The shot was absolutely outstanding and she drew the button around a top eight guard and scored her one. These two shots were game-savers and game changers. Horton eventually went on to take another 3 in 7 and ran Team Austin out of rocks in 8. A well-played and well-thought out game for Team Horton and a much-deserved win. Julia Horton is by far among the best woman sweepers I have seen out there at the BRCC. Both Guy Ratte and Martin Aubin have come a long way in their game. Excellent weight control. Their draw weight set up most ends for their skipper. This was an excellent team effort by Team Horton all the way around. Great job!
OOPS! RED BUM AWARD COMING!: Red Bum Award for Team Villeneuve. Team Ludgate was in the curling zone last night and handed Team Villeneuve a loss. Stephanie Stoker was lights out and helped her skipper secure the win. With Bob just getting back from a couple weeks in the Florida sun, he'll be getting his curling mojo back straight-away and looking for redemption.
LOUDEST PANTS: far and away,....Kristy Blanchet. Making Team Norway blanche in comparison, Kristy was sporting some real colourful curling pants last night. Kristy can always be counted on for some good fun at the BRCC and last night was no exception. Her pants (and I do hope she keeps wearing them) appeared to be a combination of camouflage and quilting material. It was like some ladies got sick of making quilts and made a pair of pants instead! Kudos to Kristy on her lack of codependency!
BITTEN BY THE CURLING BUG: Amanda MacDonald. That's right, Amanda is new to curling this yea and is loving the Roaring Game. She curls with Team Deanna Roberts in the Tuesday Ladies but looks for other games in other leagues so she can improve. Although she is a new curler, she has developed a good delivery and has weight control. She is a natural to the game and can only improve as time goes on. She's another new curler to watch for...she's going to be making her mark.
So that's how the ice curled for a Monday Night. Just another fun night at the BRCC. But that's how it rolls at the club and as the Jack Frost gets ready to cast us into another 4 month deep freeze, it'll always be warm inside the doors of the BRCC!
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Posted by Blind River Curling Club at 10:09 am
Monday, November 18, 2013
'playing the best you play
anticipating the greatest of victories to come
to be pummeled by greatness'
That is my first haiku ever...let alone my first curling haiku. In that charged final between Koe and Gushue, it was neck and neck the whole way and needing the steal in 8 to win it, Gushue had it set up as good as he could have, leaving Koe a low percentage in/off to secure the win. And wouldn't you know it, Koe made it and won the Canadian Open. And he deserved to win because of it but I cannot take it away from Tean Gushue, this squad has come into their own and they are playing good curling these days. If the curling haters out there don't think there is drama in the Roaring Game, they know nothing of the sport because that final is about as good as it is going to get.
But there is also shades of greatness in the Thursday Mens as well. There were lots good games played. Here's the results I know about:
Andrew Roberts vs Yvon Valiquette. Win for Valiquette
Tod Swan vs Dave Mitchell. WIN for Mitchell
Francois Lemieux vs Bob Villeneuve. WIN for Villeneuve
Rick Berthelot vs Craig Roberts. WIN for Roberts
Ben Lemieux vs Al Viel. WIN for Viel
Glen Austin vs Chris Zagar. WIN for Austin
Dan Berthelot vs John Hammond. WIN for Hammond
Brian Tonelli vs Jim Kendrick. WIN for Kendrick
FEATURE GAME: Kendrick vs Tonelli. Quite likely a candidate for the longest game in recorded history, this match was a squeaker all the way through and came down to the last stone. Our Friendly Giant had last rock in the 8th (the score was tied) and had a take out to win it all. However, his rock over curled a bit and that was the end of it. Team Kendrick posted the win. Team Kendrick is one of those teams that certainly has the potential to be among those at the top of the leader board. Jim Kendrick is a solid player and he has Dennis Roberts as his third. In the front end, they have newer curler Matt Gosselin and at second they have Darren Rainville. Darren has been in the game for a few years now and he can make alot of shots. So, it will be no surprise to anyone if this squad moves through the leader board and finds itself near the top.
IMPROVED PLAYER: Hassan Azzi. I played against Hassan and the Craig Roberts rink (I spared for Rick Berthelot) last Thursday, Hassan makes alot of shots in the lead position. He has good control of his weight and is mastering the art of hitting the broom. Hassan is also a solid sweeper. When he is asked to sweep, every ounce of his being appears to go into every brush stroke. Awesome improvement.
ANOTHER IMPROVED PLAYER: Kyle Murray. Kyle is quickly becoming a fantastic lead. His weight is super-consistent and as far as sweeping skills, if left alone, this guy could take it down to the cement! Hard on the broom head perhaps, but easy on the skipper!
ANOTHER AWESOME LEAD!: Nick Roscoe. In our game last Thursday, against Team Zagar, I noticed the consistent shot-making by Nick Roscoe. Absolutely first rate weight control. This guy was in it the whole way and put rocks in play for his skip every single end. This guy is an excellent lead.
So that's it for another Thursday. With December just around the corner, there are several teams that are either undefeated or right up there near the top of the leader board. It is getting interesting now to see how the leader board is looking at the Xmas break. lots of matches to go yet but teams are making their marks already.
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Posted by Blind River Curling Club at 11:04 am
Thursday, November 14, 2013
In local BRCC curling, once again I have fallen behind with results from the leagues. But this week, I thought I would examine each of the 4 leagues and pick up with the results next week.
There are 5 leagues (not counting the bantam / little rockers that meet every Tuesday afternoon). They are the Monday Mixed, Tuesday Ladies, Wednesday Afternoon Seniors League, Wednesday Open 8 Ender and the Thursday Mens. That makes the BRCC a busy place Monday to Thursday.
The Monday Mixed League is a fun league that does not post results and keeps everything light. For many newer curlers, this league is an excellent entry point to the Roaring Game. There are presently 13 teams in this league and several of these teams have been together for quite a few years. For some players that curl competitively, this league provides a night of practice in a game situation. For others, it is a night out for some fun. And fun it is, this league may be for fun...but there are lots of good teams and there are many good, close games that go on. One team I would like to point out is Team Andrew Ludgate. This is a new team comprised of new curlers and experienced curlers. Andrew Ludgate skips this squad and this would be his first year in the skip's position. This will serve to further his game by forcing him throw a greater variety of shots and also to get a better understanding of game strategy. They may not be the toughest team in the league, but they will undoubtedly become tougher as time goes on. This squad is a perfect example of coming out to have a fun game and learning all at the same time. I played against them this past Monday and I liked the way they rolled. Brian Welsh is on this team and he has been in the game for a few years now. He is supportive of his skip and he makes lots of good shots. Great squad all the way. Another team that impresses me is Team Andrew Roberts. Andrew's growth in the game is exponential. He is enthusiastic and plays a good game. Never a pushover. His teammates are also good curlers. Natshia Hallett is often in the vice position and she makes a ton of shots. She is a newer curler but is a natural. Then there is Dennis and Deanna Roberts who are fellow curling chronics. The league is blessed to have these people in the league...their enthusiasm and love for the game enhances the league. There are many other teams in this league that do the same thing. They play good curling, have lots of laughs and encourage the newer players. This league is a gem. By the way, the conveners for this league are Brian Welsh and Stephanie Stoker. Thanks alot.
The Tuesday Ladies League is nothing short of awesome. As I have said many times, a strong ladies league is critical for a small club. There are 12 teams in this league and they have maintained their numbers for several years now. The BRCC ladies contribute to the club in so many ways. They help out during bonspiels and they participate often in events. This league is fun to watch. Lots of good teams. This league does keep track of the wins and losses, have their own trophy and a banquet at the end of the season. The leaderboard is always jammed at the top with tough teams vying for top spot. There are veteran squads and newer teams in this league and over time, I have seen teams (and individual players) progress. I do rue the fact that there is presently no competitive ladies squad as the talent pool in this league is certainly deep enough to have one..,but these ladies are also busy with other things in their life and it is just not there right now. But that is not to say that it won't happen sometime down the road. There is, however, a junior ladies team that plays regularly in this league (with Joanna Hammond). This is a bonus for these young ladies as they are afforded the opportunity to compete and improve. Just another way how the Tuesday Ladies League contributes. Marty Mitchell has just rejoined this league after a multi-year hiatus. With Marg Tivy stepping back from the game, Marty has taken over the helm for the Iron Bridge Belles. She lives in Blind River but is originally from Iron Bridge so that still counts! Chantal MacLeod has a team in this year and I fully expect that these ladies will get some momentum and give the titans of this league a run for their money. Then there is Team Jamie Ellmore. A newer team comprised of newer players. This squad is the convener of the league (thank you ladies!) and although they don't win all the time, they are content to go out there and do their best and here is another example of newbies growing in the game. Jamie is at the helm and she is learning as she goes. If this squad sticks together, they will be racking up lots of wins before long. Team Beth Laderoute is having a heck of a season and I expect to see them hovering near the top of the leaderboard throughout the season. And then there are my beloved Rez Girls. Last year, they had a good run and stayed near the top of the leaderboard for most of the season but ran out of gas early and lost a few at the end. But these ladies are awesome. They win lots of games and I expect another great season from them. The Tuesday Ladies is fun to watch. Many nights I am at the club on Tuesdays and I watch a few ends. Always entertaining and it is refreshing to see these ladies out there enjoying themselves.
The Wednesday Afternoon Seniors League is a pick up league. Many who play in this league also play in other leagues but they enjoy showing up on a Wednesday afternoon and playing a pick up game. Great afternoon activity for our seniors and for those who are not members, pretty cheap afternoon as Wednesday afternoon spare fees are only $8.00. In this day and age, pretty hard to find something to do for eight bucks!
The Wednesday Open 8 Ender is a newer league...just 2 years old. This league used to be the Wednesday Mixed League and had a title change just last year. Initially, people were thinking that this would be a competitive league but that is not the case. It is just a name change but it is still a fun league. Wins / Losses are not recorded and the league is generally the same as the Monday Mixed with the exception that there can be any mix of player genders. This is also another great league to play in if you are just entering the game. Presently there are 8 teams in this league but there is lots of room for expansion. Al Viel, another of those BRCC mainstays, looks after this league.
The Thursday Mens League is still a big league at the BRCC with 21 teams. It spills over to a second night to get all the games in each week. This league was originally run by Dave Mitchell (for years!!..thanks alot Dave) but of late is being run by Brian West. This league is absolutely awesome! There are many good teams in this league and you can be sure that Thursday nights are a busy night at the club. lots of good games and lots of great shot-making. It would be fair to say that many players come to this league from other leagues and step up their game. Players like Craig Roberts, Andrew Roberts, Chris Zagar, and Hassan Azzi name just a fraction of them. Some players come into this league as new players and that's all good. The competition level is higher in this league and that is no bad thing. Here is a perfect opportunity for any squad to enhance their game and that is just the thing that happens in this league. With so many tough teams, those that start off being beaten regularly learn a thing or two and before long, start dealing out some red bums of their own. A great example of this is Team Michel Rivard. When this team got together a few years ago, they may have lost more than they won but these days, they are a solid team. They have lots of close games and are a fun team to play against. This league demonstrates the great camaraderie associated with curling. Bragging rights (on the lighter side) are rampant and this just adds to the fun of this league. I have played in many mens leagues over the years in several different clubs but this league, is by far, the best league I have ever participated in. I enjoy the company of the participants and I enjoy the games. The banter in this league is above and beyond. I look forward to my Thursday nights...as I am sure many others do as well. The current club champions in this league is Team Dave Mitchell. This squad has played together forever, and they are an awesome squad. They are also one of the teams to beat so let me be the first to provide them with targets!
So that's it for the leagues of the BRCC. If you are not a member but read this blog, you are missing out. The BRCC is always looking for new members and welcome anyone who wants to come give it a try. The fees are cheap and the people are excellent. Never a dull moment. Come see for yourself!
The Curling Chronic
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