Thursday, April 24, 2014


Apr 03 2014

Finals week is fast approaching as our season winds down. All members are welcome and encouraged to come out for our open competitive league club championship finals night on Monday April 7 at 6:00pm. 4 games will be played that night with the “A” flight winner declared overall club champion and “B”, “C”, and “D” winners declared respective champions in their flights. Festivities begin at 5:50 with all teams being piped on to the ice. Food is available for anyone who wants to partake at a cost of $10.00 (Patti Pepper collecting).

TV RAFFLE – The 52” TV hanging in the lounge is being raffled off and a new one will be purchased for next season. Tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00. Draw to be held at the club on April 10, (evening men’s finals night.) Tickets for this draw will be circulated to the post game lounge tables and at the bar over the next week.

New Senior Open Competitive League in 2015/15 – Rheal Dorie and his committee will be launching a new senior (50 years and over) league running Tuesday afternoons next year. Rheal will be circulating an information sheet over the next week or so or if you’re interested please contact Rheal directly for more league details.

Congratulations – to the Simcoe competitive curling teams and your curling accomplishment’s this season. Bruce Jeffrey’s stick team of Harold Shantz, Garry McMillan, and Alex Banyasz went 4 and 3 at the provincial tournament missing a playoff tiebreaker game by 1 win. Chuck Holstein and his grand masters team of Al Brubaker, Brian Smith, and Jim Simmons made it to the provincial semi-final and consolation final. Club Members Hugh and Julia McLeod as part of a Brant CC entry went to the Senior Mixed Regional finals and came 1 win short of moving on to the provincial tournament. And finally club member Aaron Ward is competing with team Ontario in the Canadian Firefighter curling championships in Winnipeg this week.

Lastly, Thank you to the ice team for their extra time and effort they have put in over the past weeks working on the ice challenges that have faced them of late.


Apr 01 2014


Perhaps many of you noticed this year the new club brooms hanging from the rack that replaced our aging fleet. Well it seems old brooms never die; they end up at the Coastal Carolina Curling Club courtesy of Al and Liz Rotherham. The donated brooms went towards the clubs learn to curl program. Al advises they had around 100 folks show up for the sessions and without the brooms they could not have run the program as effectively as they did.


To John (for organizing our Learn to Curls), and Al and Liz who came from

Canada (bearing much needed brooms) to help us! Pictured R to L:




And it doesn’t stop there,


Last year Barb Gulabsingh began transforming pillow cases into the cutest little dresses which were sent to children in Africa and South America.  Shortly after, Barb began transforming gently used T-Shirts into equally cute and functional dresses.  Kind donations from the Day Ladies and hundreds of hours of sewing have brought recycled items back to life. 

Here are some photos of the dresses....the latest picture from Honduras was sent back to Canada by a volunteer from Habitat for Humanity who personally delivered some of Barb’s dresses to that country. 

June Dorie is also now sewing dresses for these little girls.  Between Barb and June, hundreds of dresses have been made and sent abroad.  They are packed up in a cloth bag with a matching pair of panties and 2 hair clips.   

Thanks Day Ladies for making a difference in a child’s life!!!  Remember to pass on your unwanted pillow cases and T-Shirts to Barb and June. 




Simcoe wins 2014-10th Vision Impaired Canadian Curling Championship

Feb 07 2014

Simcoe wins 2014-10th Vision Impaired Canadian Curling Championship

Congratulations to the Simcoe Curling Club’s Vision impaired curling team as they successfully defended their National championship with a dominating win in the final beating Ontario 10-5 . The Simmons rink got down to business early in this game by stealing 4 in the first and another single in the second. The Ontario team responded with a single in 5 and a steal of 3 in the 6th, but team Canada closed the door after that capping off a great final game!

    • Skip:Jim Simmons

    • Vice:Donna Hawkins

    • Second:Mike Vrooman

    • Lead:Gary Saxon

    • Fifth:Amelie Beauchamp-Grandmaitre

    • Coach:John Lotus, Diane Vrooman


Feb 03 2014
Team Canada from the Simcoe Curling Club is off to a great start by defeating New Brunswick 10-0 in their first game of the week long competition.  Team members are Jim Simmons, Donna Hawkins, Mike Vrooman, and Gary Saxon. For further updates and real time scoring you can Follow team Canada by Team Simmons at   (Right side of page)


Jan 29 2014


Congratulations to the grand masters  (70 years and older) team of Chuck Holstein, Al Brubaker, Brian Smith, and Jim Simmons for qualifying for the provincial championships to be held at the Thornhill G&CC, Mar 20-22.

Congratulations to the Simcoe rink of Rob Inglis, Eddy sharp, Derek Sutton, Paul Grummet on their winning the Golden Gardens  men’s bonspiel  that was held at the club Jan 10,11. It was an all Simcoe final as the Inglis rink edged out Dave Walkers foursome for the win.

Please email me your team or individual curling triumphs and I’ll be sure to mention them in coming newsletters.

Draw 3 signup deadlines approaching – signup sheets are posted on the club bulletin boards.

Sponsor appreciation night was held at the club on Wed Jan 22 for our advertisers and league and bonspiel sponsors. The event was well received by all in attendance with positive comments all around. Special Thank you to Patti Pepper and Michelle Grummet for organizing this night.

Curling Etiquette offers rules for life. We can all get caught up in the emotion of the game from time to time and many of us are guilty of breaching curling etiquette on occasion.  Some of us need to be reminded occasionally that curling etiquette is as much a part of the game as an inturn draw or peel weight hit.

One of the best definitions of curling etiquette I have come across goes as follows:

 Curling etiquette is that term that describes the blend of rules and unwritten agreements that govern players’ actions on (and occasionally off) the ice, rules which emphasize the best of the game: sportsmanship, courtesy and respect for your opponent”.

So the next time you get frustrated at the outcome of a play on the ice or an opponents perceived transgression of the rules, please let curling etiquette and the Curlers Code of Ethics guide you in your response.

 Curlers’ Code of Ethics

I will play the game with a spirit of good sportsmanship.

I will conduct myself in an honorable manner both on and off the ice.

I will never knowingly break a rule, but if I do, I will divulge the breach.

I will take no action that could be interpreted as an attempt to intimidate or demean my opponents, teammates or officials.

I will interpret the rules in an impartial manner, always keeping in mind that the purpose of the rules is to ensure that the game is played in an orderly and fair manner.

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