The Sweethearts Bonspiel has been up for competition for 45 years and this year teams competed again for it on Feb 15 at the Fergus Curling Club. Held near Valentines Day which is always the theme with games starting Friday evening and continuing through Saturday many people come back year after year to see old friends and meet new ones. This year it was win by a team from Wingham. Members of the team are L to R: skip Ben Shane, lead Hillarie Bridell, vice Olivia Beines and second Kyle Forster. The hosts who did a splendid job again this year are on the ends with Jennifer Gleva on the left and Jeff Gleva on the right.
Photo: Bill Longshaw
The members of the team are L to R: Gord and Mary-Ann Skeoch from Alliston, skip Carl Gray and Barb Robinson.
Friday and Saturday Feb. 8 and 9 was a very exciting time at the Fergus Curling Club. The annual Sweetheart Bonspiel was held with a full compliment of curlers and food was to die for. The theme for this year was super heroes and a number of people dressed up in the their favourite super hero costume. Curlers attended from Paris, Alliston, Brantford and beyond. Winning some lovely prizes, the winners of the day were from the Elora Curling Club L to R: Drew Mazerolle, Tina Mazerolle, Dong Lee, and Tara Lee along with Jeff and Jennifer Gleva who hosted the whole bonspiel presented the trophy. There were two more events that took place on the Friday night that was of note at the club. First of all there was a proposal on the ice during a game of marriage from Tim Hitchcock to Shannon Curran and of course she said yes. Tim delivered the stone seen here down the ice to Shannon with ring in hand and while he was on his knees her proposed. They have been going together for 15 years and long time members of the curling club and this was their special night. The third exciting moment occurred when a local team skipped by Carl Gray from the Fergus Club obtained the highest number of points anyone can get in an end of curling and that is 8. They didn't really realized the feat until they looked at the position of the rocks after the end was over and only then saw it was an 8 ender. This usually never happens in the life of a curler.
Photo: Bill Longshaw
The premier bonspiel at the Fergus Curling Club is always played around Valentines Day and is aptly named " Sweetheart Bonspiel". This year on Feb. 10 the theme was movies and the best costumes was this team from Fergus and the movie was of course M.A.S.H. L to R: Debbie Clark, Brian Clark, Linda Baker and Mike Baker. The big winners of the day for their curling were from Newmarket Curling Club and Burlington Curling Club L to R: Margaret Mousseau playing lead, Dave Potter playing second, Linda Potter vice-skipping and Dan Mousseau skip. The organizers were Jennifer and Jeff Gleva on the ends who got a full compliment of 96 curlers to participate.
Photo: Bill Longshaw
For over 40 years the Sweetheart Bonspiel at the Fergus Curling Club has been in existence and is still going strong. On Feb. 11 a full bonspiel of 24 teams coming from Oakville, Burlington, St. Catherines, Paris as well as local clubs attended this year. Some of them have been coming for over 15 years. This is a two day bonspiel, one only a few in the area to have that distinction. This year the theme besides being a Valentines one was to celebrate Canada's 150 Anniversary. This is one of the earliest events to celebrate this in Centre Wellington. Organizer Rachael Luther did a fine job of seeing that went according to plan. The meal was catered to by Fraberts Fine Foods in Fergus. The winner this year was a local team from the Fergus Club skipped by Carl Gray with 51 points only 1/2 a point better that the team of Mark Landoni.
On the Gray Team were L to R: Rich & Debbie Schlieker, Carl Gray and Barb Robinson, Rachael is on the right.
Photo: Bill Longshaw
From the St. Catherines Curling Club.
Sitting L to R: Lori Ticheniuk vice-skip, and Kari Borthwick Lead.
Standing L to R: Jan Matrtaj event organizer, Brian Toth skip, Rachel Luther event organizer, and Bob Borthwick second.
Organizers Rich and Debbie Schlieker on ends.
Team is L to R: Dan Dow, Tina Mazerolle, Carol McKenzie, and Dave McKenzie
Winners from the St. Catherines Curling Club.
L to R: Deb Schlieker and Rich Schlieker on the ends who were the hosts for the spiel. Next to Deb is Kari Borthwick, Bob Borthwick, Lori Pichenuik, and Bob Toth
Champions from the Guelph Country Club
Deb Schlieker (organizer), Teri Gilchrist, Jeff Harrington, Phyliss Harrington, Tom Poirier, Rich Schlieker (organizer)
Champions from the Fergus Curling Club were, L to R: Ron Weaver, Chris Taylor, Ed Weaver, and Diane Partridge.
Champions from the Paris Curling Club were, sitting L to R:
Deb Skoretz and Linda Vivian. Standing are on the ends are Bill and Gloria Longshaw who organized the event with Bill Skoretz on the left and Jeff Vivian on the right.
Second highest points were the perennial winners from the Fergus Curling Club. Seen here are L to R:
Gloria Laythorpe, Dave Roberts, Debbie Roberts and Dave's Uncle Cliff from Owen Sound
Third highest point winners are on the ends are Peggy and Al Kenny from Fergus Curling Club and the others are Maria and John Beckbridge from the Wiarton Curling Club
After 18 years this team finally won the Sweetheart Bonspiel. Sitting with the coveted trophy are Margaret Viola, and Cathy MacMillan. Standing are Carlo Viola and Harry Milanowski from the Brampton Curling Club. Gloria and Bill Longshaw who are the hosts and sponsors are at the sides
Second place according to points for the weekend was a team from The Dundas Curling Club. L to R: are Clive Sedgwick, Sue Sdgwick, Noel Spratt and Linda Spratt.
Third place according to points from our own club L to R: Bob Beer, Ingrid Beer, Debbie Roberts and Dave Roberts.
First place winners on points were from Newmarket for the second year in a row.
Gloria Longshaw Hostess and Sponsor, Mike Shields, Dave Purvis and Bill Longshaw Host and Sponsor. Jean Shields and Gerri Matheson are sitting with the trophy
Second place winners according to point were L to R: Bob Beer, Ingrid Beer, Dave Roberts and Debbie Roberts.
Third place winners according to points were L to R: from Waterdown Linda Spratt, Noel Spratt, Sue Sedgwick and Clive Sedgwick.
Winner of draw 1 and overall winner from Newmarket:
Gloria Longshaw hostess and sponsor, Dave Purvis, Gerri Matheson, Jean Shields, Mike Shields, and Bill Longshaw sponsor and host
Winner of draw 2 from Newmarket:
Jim Shalla, Sally Shalla, Ward Hanlon and Marlene Hanlon
Winner of draw 3 from Cambridge:
Bob McKendrick, Gillian McKendrick, Barb Roberts and Bill Roberts
Winner of the day from Guelph curling club and winner second year in a row by a quarter point l to r:
Paul Knight, Phyllis Harrington, Tom Poirier, and Teri Gilchrist.
Second Place (L to R)
Gloria Longshaw Hostess, Vic Frieden, Jan Wainwright, Kik Inouye and Bill Tomkins was missing from photo.
Third place winners of the day are (l to r)
Dianne Sherwood,Mark Sherwood, Sandra Fickling and Doug Fickling.
A great bonspiel with gourmet food and entertainment and super prizes. Starts Friday night and continues Saturday with a full breakfast