Club History

 

THE DALHOUSIE LAKE CURLING CLUB
FOUNDED DECEMBER 1989

BACK TO THE FUTURE

The Dalhousie Lake Curling Club was conceptually created over several evenings of drinks and discussions. It was conceived in principle during the building of Bill Woods log Place on the lake in December 1989 and further refined through the spring and fall of 1990. In addition to Bill Woods, key founders include Graham Hicks, Wayne Dennison, Murray Donaldson, Scott Patterson and Paul Bryenton.

The key to fuelling the idea was the Canada 125 initiative that was launched through Sheila Copps office and the Federal Minister of Heritage. The group felt there was no better to exemplify Canada at the time of confederation that the creation of an outdoor curling club.

In the spring of 1991 it was decided to take the sport back to its origins, with focus on sportsmanship with a short season played on natural lake ice. Initial plans called for the first operational season to take place the winter of 1991/1992.

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The club applies and is granted membership in the OVCA, The Canadian Branch of the Royal Caledonia Curling Club and the OCA obtainingg official status

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During 1990/1991 Bill Woods co-founder of the club purchased for $1200.00 a complete set of granite curling stones to equip one set of ice necessary for the 1991/92 opening. The ice is shovelled manually removing over eighteen inches

 

1992 SEASON ONE – LET THE GAMES BEGIN

1992 Executive

President: Bill Woods Jr.
Ice Chairman: Scott Patterson
Recruiting: Graham Hicks
Kitchen: Wayne Dennison
Secretary: Bill Woods

THE MODERN DAY GROUP OF SEVEN
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Founding Members: Graham Hicks, Scott Patterson, Bill Woods (in white), Wayne Dennison, Max Rowan, Paul Bryenton, Murray Donaldson.

February 21, 1992
Friday Morning

The Dalhousie Lake Curling Club (DLCC) takes form. The initial seven members of the club undertake establishing the rink. Members include Bill Woods, Wayne Dennison, Graham Hicks, Paul Bryenton, Max Rowan, Scott Patterson and Murray Donaldson. The ice is shovelled manually removing 18 inches of wet snow. What originally seemed like fun has turned into an exercise regimen meant for participant in far better shape than us. Two whiskey and beer and a shot of scotch fix the issue and the ice is quickly cleared. The result is a relatively smooth surface with a watery top that should provide ideal ice once frozen.

A hole is cut in the ice with an axe through three feet of thick ice and the “bucket brigade begins the long tedious task of flooding the surface. The dimensions of the ice surface are shortened creating a common hog line, and the rings are reduced to 10 feet instead of twelve after we discover the longest piece of lumber we have is only five feet. We later realize flooding the ice was not a good idea as we had no idea where it was low and where it was high and ended up building hills.

The ice is left to freeze and does so in record time. The rookie ice crew are now faced with another dilemma, there is no pebble can to complete the surface. Quick thinking on behalf of the ice crew as they spot a plastic canister normally used to water flowers at the neighbours. Understanding that neighbours are always willing to loan things in the country they take the liberty of borrowing it. This proves ineffective as the holes are too large and it acts more as a flood than a pebble.

The solution is to use a 2 litre coke bottle punched with holes using a corn holder. It takes roughly 4 and a half bottles to complete the final pebble.

The ice is completed and ready by late Friday but the ice proves to be too heavy to as the weather has crept above freezing by late in the day and we have lost all the pebble we worked so hard to put down. The decision is made to withdraw to the club house, play cards, drink and wait for Saturday morning.
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Friday night Bob Spratt drops in and solicits help to move furniture out of a cottage. Max, Wayne, Bill and Murray load into Bob’s car, put a skidoo helmet on Scott and throw him in the trunk. Graham offers to stay behind and keep the fire going to keep the cottage warm. Three hours and four tons of furniture later the moving team arraives back at the club to find Graham asleep and the cottage barely above freezing. Graham is removed from his spot as comfort coordinator.

The card game of choice is Bing-Bang-Bong as it seems to make more sense the more you drink. Murray ends up the bid winner and Max is shut out.

Saturday

The crew awakes early Saturday morning and puts another quick flood on the ice using the same buckets from Friday and return to the clubhouse for breakfast while the water freezes. By noon the weather has again climbed above freezing so the decision is made again to play cards and drink. We are starting to get into this outdoor sport and liking it more and more.

Stock for the weekend consists of 7 men with
40 of vodka for breakfast drinks,
26 of scotch
6 cases of beer (each a 24)
1- 60 oz of Crown Royal
2 -40 oz of Crown Royal
1- 26 oz of Crown Royal

 The following curling terms are created in the inaugural year
A. Bindy - The red dot in the center of the house made by mixing cool aid. 

Sunday

Play the championship and determine the winner. The drive home is uneventful until we Scott’s and stop for a drink. Good thing Max and Graham are with us as Waynes truck is stolen and without Max and Graham to track the culprits and locate the vehicle we might have walked home.

The First Outdoor World Championship 1992

16 Ends
Team 1: Bill Woods, Graham Hicks, Paul Bryenton vs.
Team 2: Wayne Dennsion, Max Rowan, Scott Patterson, Murray Donaldson
Scores: Game 1; team 1: 17 (w) vs. Team 2:16 (l)
Team 1 is declared the first champion

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1992 World Oudoor Champions: Bill Woods, Graham Hicks, Paul Bryenton

1992 Costs: $20.00 per person
It is moved that the 1993 championship will occur in January to obtain better ice conditions.

 

1993 SEASON TWO – GLOBAL WARMING HITS JANUARY

1993 Executive

President: Bill Woods Jr.
Ice Chairman: Scott Patterson
Recruiting: Graham Hicks
Kitchen: Wayne Dennison
Secretary: Bill Woods

 

January 23/24 1993

Friday night Scott, Max, Pedro leaves early morning to coordinate and prepare the ice. They stop at non for lunch at the Perth hotel. At 5:00 after several hours of pool and beer the crew finishes the “long” trip to the lake arriving at the same time as Bill, Wayne, Graham and Dave Burden (the newest member of the club). In an attempt to mechanize the ice making Bob Spratt is contracted to plow the ice using his tractor (it is the least he can do after the “big move” of 1992.

The weather is good when we arrive but continues to climb above freezing. Two rinks end up being created, one with the tractor and one by hand.

Rings are again 10 feet as everyone forgot to buy a longer board over the last twelve months (good help is often hard to find). The bindy is coloured solid with florescent paint to make it more distinguishable – a decision we later regretted as it melted down and resembled more of a crokinole board. The ice was looking great by late Friday night however as the curlers retired to the clubhouse.

While most curlers bring Crown Royal – Dave Burden brings cheap whiskey in a plastic bottle he bought from a reservation. The club passes a new  rule – only “Crown Royal” is accepted moving forward.

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Saturday

The ice begins to melt bad and curling equipment mandates the use of rubber boots. Why do we have rubber boots you ask? It is always good to have them in case we run across a herd of sheep. The meeting of members changes the format from a challenge game to a best of three necessitating a double knockout of one of the teams. Wayne changes teams moving to the Dalhousie Lake squad freeing up a position for Burden on the challenging team.

Team 1: Graham Hicks, Bill Woods, Paul Bryenton, Wayne Dennison
Team 2: Scott Patterson, Max Rowan, Murray Donaldson, Dave Burden

The ice is in better shape for water skiing than for curling however the decision is made to proceed. Each throw of a rock results in major rooster tails. Pedro discovers a new throwing technique to deal with the unique ice cnditions. Graham coins new phrase of 1993.

The following curling terms are created
B. Frieda - The art of delivering a rock so it walks rather than sliding down the ice.
 

The Frieda approach proves necessary to acquire a take out because of the watery conditions. The ice is better for mops than brooms.

Saturday Results:
Game 1 – 16 ends
Team 1: 24 vs Team 2: 8

Game 2 – 16 Ends
Team 1: 16 vs Team 2: 20

Tie Breaker is pushed to Sunday
Championship Game – 16 Ends
Game 3*: Team 1: 17 vs Team 2 18

*Game 3 bring the first major dispute at the club. With the score tied after 15 ends Dalhousie lake holding hammer, and 15 rocks in play a review of the house reveals Dalhousie Lake counting one point. The hammer was then discarded into the snow bank rather than thrown. A second review of the house indicated a reversal in position of the stones with the challengers counting. Discussion occurs as to whether a rock was pushed or kicked. As no resolution was agreed on the final rock placement determined the champions and Dalhousie Lake handed the championship to the challengers. By the end of the game the ice has over two inches of water on it.

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1993 World Outdoor Champions: Scott Patterson, Max Rowan, Murray Donaldson, Dave Burden 

The club elects to remain with a January date for 1994.
Cost per person: $20.00
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1994 – FINALLY WINTER JANUARY 22/23

1994 Executive

President: Bill Woods Jr.
1st Vice: Wayne Dennison
2nd Vice: Scott Patterson
Ice Chairman: Scott Patterson
Recruiting: Graham Hicks
Kitchen: Wayne Dennison
Treasurer: Murray Donaldson
Secretary: Bill Woods

The executive is expanded with elected president moving forward. Grahams team falls through and the event returns to the original two team format. Scott and Wayne arrive early Friday and prepare the ice. For the first time in the short history of the tournament, temperatures are below freezing and ice conditions are tremendous. As in earlier years rink dimensions are modified with a common hog line and ten foot circles (we need to get a longer board before next year)

Friday Night: The club plays a couple games of Bing-Bong-Bong, drink several ounces of Rye and then call Don Kettles to see if he is coming up. After several minutes of discussion with barb we give up and return to the card game. After several more drinks we decide to call Seig Muller to see if we can buy his shuffle board table.  After discovering the table was at Tom’s we go back and settle into more cards.

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Saturday: ideal ice conditions allow us to revert to the double knockout format.

Team1: Bill Woods, Graham Hicks, Wayne Dennison, David Burden
Team 2: Scott Patterson, Murray Donaldson, Pedro
Game 1: Team 1: 22 vs Team 2: 18
Game 2: Team 1: 20 vs team 2: 24

The 1994 Championship was set up as a three game final. Saturday only permitted two games to be completed before darkness halted play. Due to previous commitments the final game is unable to be played and as result the 1994 championship is declared a tie between the two teams.

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1994 World Outdoor Champions: Bill Woods, Graham Hicks, Wayne Dennison, David Burden, Scott Patterson, Murray Donaldson, Pedro

1995 date set for early January

 

1995 – ALMOST EXPANSION YEAR – FEBRUARY 10

1995 Executive

Past President: Bill Woods Jr.
President: Wayne Dennison
1st Vice: Scott Patterson
2nd Vice: Graham Hicks
Ice Chairman: Scott Patterson
Recruiting: Graham Hicks
Kitchen: Wayne Dennison
Treasurer: Murray Donaldson
Secretary: Bill Woods

The 1995 championship sees Al Graham indicating he can also bring a curling team to the championship. The date moves from the 21st to the 14th and then back to the 21st. We get twelve foot rings as we finally get a longer board.

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On January 10 the weather is plus 10 and raining the date is again moved to the second week in February and it is decided we will lock in on that date going forward.

February 10 – Graham, Bill and Wayne arrive at noon after picking up sullies. Ice is cleared and dinner planned for six. We play several games of Bing-Bang-Bong, drink several whiskey and Pedro admits to kicking the rock in the 1993 championship.

Al does not get another team to the championships but we do gain several new curlers and plant the seeds for expansion.

Saying of the year: “Drink responsibly – Have your curlers spayed and neutered” Jr.

Team 1: Bill Woods, Bob Reynolds, Bob Andrews, Pedro
Team 2: Graham Hicks, Wayne Dennison, Murray Donaldson, Gary Kearns
Game 1: Team 1: 21 vs Team 2: 9
Game 2: Team 1: 20 vs Team 2: 21

Championship Game
Team 1: 5 vs Team 2: 17

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1995 World Outdoor Champions: Graham Hicks, Wayne Dennison, Murray Donaldson, Gary Kearns

1996 Championship scheduled for 2nd Saturday in February

 

1996 – EXPANSION YEAR – FEBRUARY 10

1996 Executive

Past President: Wayne Dennison
President: Scott Patterson
1st Vice: Graham Hicks
2nd Vice: Murray Donaldson
Ice Chairman: Scott Patterson
Recruiting: Graham Hicks
Kitchen: Wayne Dennison
Treasurer: Murray Donaldson
Secretary: Bill Woods

The first big expansion year. The membership balloons from the original two team format to a six team event. The expansion requires a formal list of duties and increased coordination. Al Graham offers his cottage as a secondary sleeping quarter for members of the club during the championship weekend.

Bill Woods has secured a second set of granite curling stones in the off season at a cost of $50.00 per curling stone. This adds a second sheet to accommodate more competitors. Bill also purchases from Lansdowne curling club hacks and a pebble can.

Official club pins are created designed and the initial order for pins is placed and pins are purchased for $350 by Bill woods for the club and are distributed to members.

There is a significant increase in beer and liquor being consumed. Bing, bang, bong now accommodates eight players at a time.  All bed space is used and even the bathtub is used as a bed., sheets are 75 feet long with draw weight running about 7.5-9.5 seconds.

The weather is nearly perfect at -5%

Saying of the year – “let go of my ears – I know what I’m doing” Pedro

Team 1: Wayne Dennison, Bob Andrews, Scott Patterson, Bill Robertson
Team 2: M Donaldson, D Burden, Greg Scrivens, Denis Denison
Team 3: Don Barnes, Bruce Patterson, Bob Reynolds, Paul Bryenton
Team 4: Bill Woods, John Barber, Bob Spratt
Team 5: Graham Hicks, Jeff Mitchell, Ron Bourbonais, Gary Kearns
Team 6: Jeff Meek, Chris Daley, Ernie Stenning, Linda Desjardin

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The “man on the grassy knoll” is introduced this year with shots coming from behind the trees. The advantage of the increased membership is many hands make the work lighter.

Don Barnes donates a huge turkey and Graham pulls a “mister bean” pulling the turkey down over his head and dancing around the cabin while Bill and Bob mix rum and coke in pots.

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The event continues as a double knockout format and after a competitive weekend the outcome is as follows;

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1996 World Outdoor Champions: Bill Woods (Presenting) to Wayne Dennison, Bill Robertson, Bob Andrews, Scott Patterson

Silver Medal: Jeff Meek, Chris Daley, Ernie Stenning
Bronze Medal: Bill Woods, John Barber, Bob Spratt

A motion is passed to state the championship date will always be the second Saturday in February unless it conflicts with Valentines day where it will be move to the first Saturday in February.

 

1997 – KETTLE COMES CALLING – FEBRUARY 7

1997 Executive

Past President: Scott Patterson
President: Graham Hicks
1st Vice: Murray Donaldson
2nd Vice: Bob Andrews
Ice Chairman: Jeff Meek, Bob Reynolds
Recruiting: Dave Burden
Kitchen: Wayne Dennison
Treasurer: Chris Daley
Secretary: Bill Woods

We arrived at the club at 6 Friday night. Wayne and his crew have ice made and it appears to be the best we have ever had. It appears we have two perfect sheets set side by side. Six guys and 24 hours of work seem to be the secret to success.

Friday night the temperatures drop and frost goes straight down and heaves the ice making it unplayable on Saturday morning. We call on Bob Spratt to bring his tractor and blade to remake two new sheets. The learning is never make two sheets side by side always leave space between sheets to prevent frost heaving them.

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The club welcomes its first team from western Ontario (Bruce County). They were recruited at the World Lefties. The boys are split across several of the local teams.

Don Kettles is introduced to God’s game and we ensure he wears his helmet for most of the weekend to avoid having to drive him to the hospital. Don throws up on his sled before going to bed and spend most of the morning trying to figure out who did it.

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Murray is no longer known as Murray and now becomes the “Strawberry blonde bitch”. Don explains why Barb feels he and a moose have something in common. Don states that next year he will actually play in the event.

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Teams:

Team 1: Bill Robertson, Denis Denison, Bob Reynolds, Roy Tubman
Team 2: Bob Andrews, Jim Killgallen, Bill Woods, Gary Kearns
Team 3: Murray Donaldson, Jeff Mitchell, Don Barnes
Team 4: Dave Burden, Dave Bogart, Graham Hicks, John Barber
Team 5: Scott Patterson, Jim Burchill, Joe McLean, Jeff Guest
Team 6: Pedro, Wayne Dennison, Duncan Jameson

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1997 World Outdoor Curling Champion: Graham Hicks, Dave Burden, John Barber, Dave Bogart

Silver: Bill Robertson, Denis Denison, Bob Reynolds, Roy Tubman
Bronze: Bob Andrews, Jim Killgallen, Bill Woods, Gary Kearns

 

1998 – GROWING – FEBRUARY 7

1998 Executive

Past President: Graham Hicks
President: Murray Donaldson
1st Vice: Bob Andrews
2nd Vice: Bob Reynolds
Ice Chairman: Denis and Bob Spratt
Recruiting: Dave Burden
Kitchen: Jim Kilgallen
Treasurer: Chris Daley
Secretary: Bill Woods

Teams:

Team 1: Scott Patterson, Mike Knoefler, Gary Kearns, Paul Bryenton
Team 2: Paul Charron, Rodney Davis, Murray Donaldson, Roy Tubman
Team 3: Andy Donaldson, Bob Andrews, Bill Woods
Team 4: Doug Hicks, Jeff Mitchell, Chris Daley, Dave Monaghan
Team 5: Dave Burden, John barber, Jim Kilgallen, Graham Hicks
Team 6: Dennie Denison, Bill Robertson, Bob Spratt

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The weather cooperates nicely and new members are introduced. This is the largest membership yet and with most of them local will likely result in returning members.

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1998 World Outdoor Curling Champions: Scott Patterson, Gary Kearns, Paul Bryenton, Mike Knoefler

Silver: Andy Donaldson, Bob Andrews, Bill Woods
Bronze: Dennie Denison, Bill Robertson, Bob Spratt

 

1999 – A PERFECT 10 – FEBRUARY 18/19/20/21

1999 Executive

Past President: Murray Donaldson
President: Bob Andrews
1st Vice: Bob Reynolds
2nd Vice: Bill Robertson
Ice Chairman: Denis and Bob Spratt
Recruiting: Dave Burden
Kitchen: Jim Kilgallen
Treasurer: Chris Daley
Secretary: Bill Woods

Teams:

Team 1: Lyle Bryson, John Sanders, Murray Donaldson, Steve Dunne
Team 2: Dave Burden, Don kettles, John Shanon, Jim Kilgallen
Team 3: Paul Charron, Steve Odonnel, Graham Hicks, Pedro
Team 4: Bill Robertson, Mike Knoefler, Steve Wade, Jeff Mitchell
Team 5: Bob Andrews, Sam Collette, Andy Donaldson, Dave Monaghan
Team 6: Murray Donaldson, Doug Hicks, Scott Patterson, Larry Sheilds
Team 7: John Barber, Stu Berry, Bill Woods, Ron Saunders
Team 8: Steve Oneil, Bob Reynolds, Rodney Davis, Don Barnes
Team 9: Steve Tangay, Kevin Mullins, Wayne Dennison, Duncan Jameson
Team 10: Chris Daley, Bev McQuen, Deninie Denison

 

1999 sees the millennium go out with a record number of curlers. Ten teams are entered into a huge world championship field.

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We are now using a third location to house people with Doug hicks having opened the door to his cottage. The kitchen committee is now tasked with preparing full meals for forty curlers.
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The outhouse is used almost to capacity. Andrew learns the presidents job is also outhouse upkeep when someone missed the hole and has an accident on the seat. Don Kettles returns to the event and plays for the first time Steve Wade introduces a selection of teachers to the event who stay at the Mullins cottage.

The weather is awesome and the ice is the best we have ever had. The party hits a new high and at any time of day there is always someone passed out on the couch.

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World Outdoor Champions: Graham Hicks, Bob Andrews (Presenting), Pedro, Steve O’Donnel, Paul Charron

Silver: Bill Robertson, Mike Knoefler, Steve Wade, Jeff Mitchell
Bronze: John Barber, Stu Berry, Bill Woods

 

2000 – A NEW BEGINNING – FEBRUARY

2000 Executive

Past President: Bob Andrews
President: Bob Reynolds
1st Vice: Bill Robertson
2nd Vice: Jim Kilgallen
Ice Chairman: Scott Patterson
Recruiting: Dave Burden
Kitchen: John Barber
Treasurer: Graham Hicks
Secretary: Bill Woods

This is the first spiel of the new millennium. The event has changed location and is now held at Graham Hicks location using the red, white and Doug’s cottages.

The weather is extremely cold, the coldest on record. Spend the first two days filling Doug’s stove with wood and getting no heat only to find out later the window was open in the attic. The event was reduced back to six teams and all were easily accommodated allowing for future expansion

Team 1: Bob Andrews, Brent Closs, Graham Hicks, Duncan Jameson
Team 2: Bill Woods, Jim Kilgallen, Scott Patterson, Dennis Denison
Team 3: Bob Reynolds, Paul Bryenton, Brent Closs, Andy Donaldson
Team 4: Chris Daley, Roy Tubman, Bev McQueen, Jim Kilgallen
Team 5: Bill Robertson, Murray Donaldson, Doug Woods, Bob Spratt
Team 6: Don Kettles, Ken Closs, Don Barnes, Rodney Davis


2000 World Outdoor Curling Champions: Duncan Jameson, Brent Closs, Graham Hicks, Bob Andrews

Silver: Bill Woods, Jim Kilgallen, Scott Patterson, Dennis Denison
Bronze: Bob Reynolds, Paul Bryenton, Brent Closs, Andy Donaldson

 

2001 – WALKING ON THIN ICE – FEBRUARY 8/9/10/11

2001 Executive

Past President: Bob Reynolds
President: Bill Robertson
1st Vice: Jim Kilgallen
2nd Vice: Dave Burden
Ice Chairman: Scott Patterson
Recruiting: Dave Burden
Kitchen: John Barber
Treasurer: Chris Daley
Secretary: Bill Woods

Members stated arriving on Thursday with the majority of curlers arriving Friday evening and Saturday morning. Headquarters remains Graham’s cottage.

Thursday the weather was warm and raining making it difficult to make ice. On Friday the plows cleaned the ice surface and water filled the cleared areas three inches deep. The only hope was to get a freeze and hope mother nature coppoerated.

Saturday the weather got colder but the ice was fragile and everyone kept clear of the surface hoping it would freeze. A great supper was had by everyone.

By Sunday the ice was playable and able to just support curling. Rings were drawn and the surface prepared although the ice was not very thick.

Team 1: Pedro, Jim Kilgallen, Bob Reynolds, Alexa
Team 2: Ken Closs, Dave Burden, Scott Patterson, Doug Hicks
Team 3: Rodney Davis, Murray Donaldson, Wayne Dennison, Duncan Jameson
Team 4: Doug Hicks, Bev McQueen, Don Kettles, Gary Kearns
Team 5: Graham Hicks, Brent Closs, Andy Donaldson, Bill Robertson


2001 World Outdoor Curling Champion: Rodney Davis, Murray Donaldson, Wayne Dennison, Duncan Jameson

Silver: Pedro, Jim Kilgallen, Bob Reynolds, Alexa
Bronze; Graham Hicks, Brent Closs, Andy Donaldson, Bill Robertson

 

2002 – BACK TO BASICS – FEBRUARY 9

2002 Executive

Past President: Bill Robertson
President: Jim Kilgallen
1st Vice: Dave Burden
2nd Vice: Dennie Dennison
Ice Chairman: Scott Patterson
Kitchen: John Barber
Treasurer: Chris Daley
Secretary: Bill Woods

Ice committee arrives Thursday to drink tequila and marg’s and plan the ice surface. Two flat and firm sheets are completed each 150 feet long. Club members arrive through the day and evening with a total of 24 members arriving for the competition.

Temperature drops to -17 and leaves us with a cold weekend.

Team 1: Dave Burden, Jim Kilgallen, Graham Hicks, Bob Hanes
Team 2: Bev McQueen, Roy Tubman, Bob Spratt, Wayne Dennison
Team 3: Ken Closs, Scott Patterson, Brent Closs, Bill Woods
Team 4: Murray Donaldson, Paul Bryenton, Don Barnes, Don Kettles
Team 5: Rodney Davis,  Bob Reynolds, Duncan Jameson, Chris Daley
Team 6: Bill Robertson, Mike Knoefler, Doug Hicks, Jeff Meek


2002 World Outdoor Champions: Brent Closs, Scott Patterson, Bill Woods, Ken Closs

Silver: Bev McQueen, Roy Tubman, Bob Spratt, Wayne Dennison
Bronze: Dave Burden, Jim Kilgallen, Graham Hicks, Bob Hanes

 

2003 – FIRST CRACK AT THE CUP – FEBRUARY 7

2003 Executive

Past President: Jim Kilgallen
President: Dave Burden
1st Vice: Dennie Dennison
2nd Vice: Rodney Davis
Ice Chairman: Bob Reynold/Murray Donaldson/Scott Patterson
Kitchen: Bill Robertson
Treasurer: Chris Daley
Secretary: Bill Woods

After almost twelve years of waiting Dalhousie lake will get its first chance to play for the Quebec Cup. It will occur in January against Shawville.

On January 15, 2003 the club called an emergency meeting to determine how to decide on two teams to challenge for the Quebec Cup. On a motion agreed to by all in attendance it was decided past presidents would be given first chance to compete.

After determining who was available the teams were selected as follows;

Graham Hicks, Dog Hicks, Wayne Dennison, Murray Donaldson
Bill Woods, Bill Robertson, Scott Patterson, Dave Burden

On Saturday January 15 we played Shawville and did not win the cup. The next challenge will be a few years away.

At the club championships we again had six teams

The ice crew arrived Thursday with tools and tequila to prepare for the weekend. The scraper has been modified with a customized hitch allowing it ot be hooked onto the back of a four wheeler. This new tool is not only a time saver it would truly make “Shorty” envious.

Two sheets are prepared with above average length, one plays excellent the second proves trickier.

Don Kettles introduces the club to the “naked chef” and show that by popular demand will not likely being repeated. Dale and Norm are introduced to the event for the first time and they seem naturals in the pre event activities. Norm sprains his knee on Saturday night on the way back to Doug’s and tells everyone his foot was up around his head.

As Brent Closs clearly states; “Not everyone can drink as responsibly as the Hick’s”

Games are hotly contested with the finals played Sunday. The “b” side again emerges victorious

Team 1: Ken Closs, Bev McQueen, Bob Reynolds, Dale Crawford
Team 2: Chris Daley, Don Kettles, Andy Donaldson, Wayne Dennison
Team 3: Jim Kilgallen, Duncan Jameson, Brent Closs, Bob Reynolds
Team 4: Scott Patterson, Bill Robertson, Bob Spratt, Murray Donaldson
Team 5: Roy Tubman, Doug Hicks, Rodney Davis, Norm Lystiuk
Team 6: Bob Hanes, Graham Hicks, Dave Burden, graham Hicks


2003 World Outdoor Champions: Chris Daley (Presenting) to Graham Hicks, Bob Hanes, Bill Woods, Dave Burden, Doug Hicks (Presenting)

Silver: Scott Patterson, Bill Robertson, Bob Spratt, Murray Donaldson
Bronze: Jim Kilgallen, Duncan Jameson, Brent Closs, Bob Reynolds

 

2004 – DOUG’S YEAR – FEBRUARY

2004 Executive

Past President: Dave Burden
President: Rodney Davis
1st Vice:  Chris Daley
2nd Vice: Doug Hicks
Ice Chairman: Bob Reynold/Murray Donaldson/Scott Patterson
Kitchen: Bill Robertson/Roy Tubman
Treasurer: Chris Daley
Secretary: Bill Woods

The weatherman calls for snow on Friday and Saturday but the troops head up for another season.

Steve Wade again brings the teachers to the show and we end up with a full slate of curlers.

Pedro launches a new record consuming approximately 80 “thinking stcks” on Saturday alone. He is a true champion. The weather turns out nice on Saturday and Sunday is bright and clear.

Team1: Jeff Meek, Jim Hines, Norm Listiuk
Team 2: Murray Donaldson, Roy Tubman, Paul Bryenton
Team 3: Wade and the teachers
Team 4: Bret Closs, Rodney Davis, Ken Closs, Dale Crawford
Team 5: Duncan Jameson, Dave Lyon, Scott Patterson, Bill Woods
Team 6: Graham Hicks, Rick Smith, Bill Robertson, Chrid Daley
Team 7: Wayne Dennison, Jim Kilgallen, Doug Hicks

Doug Hicks obtains his ultimate goal of World Champion for the first time.


2004 World Outdoor Champions: Doug Hicks, Jim Kilgallen, Wayne Dennison

Silver: Duncan Jameson, Dave Lyon, Scott Patterson, Bill Woods
Bronze: Graham Hicks, Rick Smith, Bill Robertson, Chrid Daley

 

2005 – “CAR” – FEBRUARY

2005 Executive

Past President: Rodney Davis
President: Chris Daley
1st Vice: Doug Hicks
2nd Vice: Roy Tubman
Ice Chairman: Bob Reynold/Murray Donaldson/Scott Patterson
Kitchen: Bill Robertson/Roy Tubman/Wayne Dennison
Treasurer: Chris Daley
Secretary: Bill Woods

The boys arrive Thursday and prepare for a great weekend. Graham is still in the world tour and will miss the event for the first time in Dalhousie lake history. Wayne Dennison is also absent. Membership is up as we have increased with Steve wade introducing new members.

Ice seems good but requires several scrapings to get it playable but by Saturday the surface is prepared.

A new phrase is popularized. As any car drive up the road all curling stops, and crowds gather and collectively yell “CARRRRRRRRRRRR”

Team 1: Jeff Meek, Ken Closs, Bob Reynolds, Norm Listiuk
Team 2: Jim Hines, Mike Knoefler, Scott Patterson
Team 3: Steve Dunne, J. Baker, Bill Robertson, Dave Lyons
Team 4: Rodney Davis, Dale Crawford, Tyler Hicks, Paul Bryenton
Team 5: Larry berry, Bob Andrews, Don kettles, Doug Hicks
Team 6: Roy Tubman, Bev McQueen, Kevin Bekkers, Chris Service
Team 7: Kevin Mullins and the teachers
Team 8: Steve Wade, Max Rowan, Steve Duego, Bill Woods

The teachers round out the largest membership of the new century.

Roy develops the name “cliff” after a tough tumble on Friday that breaks his glasses and leaves him battered and bruised as he was heading up to Pedro’s.


2005 World Outdoor Curling Champions: Doug Hicks (Presenting) to Steve Wade, Max Rowan, Steve Duego, Bill Woods

Silver: Jeff Meek, Ken Closs, Bob Reynolds, Norm Listiuk

Bronze: Roy Tubman, Bev McQueen, Kevin Bekkers, Chris Service

 

2006 – JUST ANOTHER DAY – FEBRUARY

2006 Executive

Past President: Chris Daley
President: Doug Hicks
1st Vice: Roy Tubman
2nd Vice: Jeff Meek
Ice Chairman: Bob Reynold/Scott Patterson
Kitchen: Bill Robertson/Roy Tubman/Wayne Dennison
Treasurer: Chris Daley
Secretary: Bill Woods

The boys decide to start on Wednesday this year. It allows a full day to plan the “Ice Man’s ball” that typically occurs on Thursday. 12 men attend the Thursday festivities and as a result the ice making suffers a set back on Friday. By arriving Wednesday the ice making is severely delayed.

Saturday brings a clear cold day with high sun making for ideal curling conditions. The ice is the best we have had in many years. Last years 7 year schedule is reduced back to six because of no shows to the event.

Bill Robertson and Wayne provie awesome breakfast with the traditional vodka and orange.

Between games ken Closs cuts the biggest pine tree on the property and it provides for a great bib fire Saturday night. Bob Reynolds starts out strong in his quest for his first gold but again falls short in the bronze medal game.

Team 1: Don Kettles, Bev McQueen, Daryn Stevens, Jim Hines
Team 2: Bob Reynolds, Graham Hicks, Bob Hanes, Dave Lyons
Team 3: Doug Hicks, Brent Closs, Dale Crawford, Rodney Davis
Team 4: Wayne Dennison, Roy Tubman, Chris Daley
Team 5: Bill Robertson, Ken Closs, Paul Bryenton, Duncan Jameson
Team 6: Bill Woods, Jeff Meek, Bob Andrews, Murray Donaldson


2006 World Outdoor Curling Champions: Chris Daley (Presenting) to Bob Andrews, Bill Woods, Murray Donaldson, Jeff Meek, Doug Hicks (Presenting)

Silver: Wayne Dennison, Roy Tubman, Chris Daley

Bronze: Bob Reynolds, Graham Hicks, Bob Hanes, Dave Lyons

 

2007 – BOB DROPS THE MONKEY – FEBRUARY 10

2007 Executive

Past President: Doug Hicks
President: Roy Tubman
1st Vice: Jeff Meek
2nd Vice: Ken Closs
Ice Chairman: Bob Reynolds/Scott Patterson
Kitchen: Bill Robertson/Roy Tubman/Wayne Dennison
Treasurer: Chris Daley
Secretary: Bill Woods

Great weather forecast for the weekend. It is one of the largest crowds in the history of the club with nine teams participating. We are now using six cottages to host members.

On Friday the group provides great entertainment with a number of talents as the guitars come out. Mike Reynolds “a rookie” decided to take an ice bath in the melt water around the fire. Jeff Meek thinks he is drowning and freaks out and attempts to save him. We have just set up a scenario for responsible drinking.

Saturday brings awesome weather. The CBC arrive to cove the vent and spend several hours. The CBC report once cold asks if she can warm up inside. We escort her inside and she question what the odd noise coming from inside the cottage is. We wake Don Gamble up to stop the snoring and allow her to warm her feet in peace. The rest of the day we watch to ensure Don Kettles does not take charge of her. We make the six o’clock news.

As of Saturday night only two teams remain. Bob Reynolds has again reached a final with hopes of getting get monkey off his back.

Team 1: Mullins and teachers
Team 2: Murray Donaldson, Brent Closs, Mike Knofler, Bob Reynolds
Team 3: Bill Wilson, Bob Hanes, Ken Closs
Team 4: Bob Spratt, Don Kettles, Jim Kilgallen, Jeff Meek
Team 5: Don Gamble, Duncan Jameson, Dave Lyons, Mike Reynolds
Team 6: Billy Joe Woods, Bev McQueen, Graham Hicks, Doug Hicks
Team 7: Daryn Stevens, Stu James, Dale Crawford
Team 8: Pedro, Roy Tubman, Drew Ashton, Bill Woods Sr.
Team 9: Jim Hines, Norm Listiuk, Bill Robertson, Wayne Dennison 


2007 World Outdoor Champions: Mike Knofler, Brent Closs, Murray Donaldson, Bob Reynolds

Silver: Billy Joe Woods, Bev McQueen, Graham Hicks, Doug Hicks

Bronze: Don Gamble, Duncan Jameson, Dave Lyons, Mike Reynolds

 

2008 – THE CUP ARRIVES (FINALLY) – FEBRUARY 10
Or is it: “I WISH A IN SHERBROOKE NOW”

2008 Executive

Past President: Roy Tubman
President: Jeff Meek
1st Vice: Ken Closs
2nd Vice: Paul Bryenton
Ice Chairman: Bob Reynolds/Scott Patterson
Kitchen: Bill Robertson/Wayne Dennison
Treasurer: Chris Daley
Secretary: Bill Woods

Team 1: Jim Hines, Bill Woods, Scott Patterson, Don Gamble
Team 2: Billy Joe Woods, Bill Wilson, Don Kettles, Ken Sullivan
Team 3: Greg Jameson, Bob Hanes, Stu James, Steve Wade
Team 4: Jeff Meek, Dale Crawford, Doug Hicks, Daryn Stevens
Teams 5: Drew Ashton, Duncan Jameson, Roy Tubman, Wade 2
Team 6: Paul Bryenton, Jim Kilgallen, Rodney Davis, Wade 3
Team 7: Graham Hicks, Mike Reynolds, Bill Robertson, Brent Closs
Team 8: Ernie Matt, Dave Lyon, Ken Closs, George Volgaris
Team 9: Bob Reynolds, Wayne Dennison, Chris Daley, Bev McQueen
Team 10: Bob Reynolds, Norm Listiuk, Wade 1, Andy Donaldson

Dalhousie is notified of the upcoming Quebec Cup Challenge and works vigorously to find two teams to bring the cup home. It is decided the two teams to challenge for the cup are;

Team 1: Bill Woods jr, Billy Joe Woods, Bob Reynolds, Mike Reynolds
Team 2: Duncan Jameson, Greg Jameson, Rodney Davis, Andrew Ashton

After a long drive the Sherbrooke the two teams play awesome games and capture the cup. Drew proves on the drive home that a bursting bladder can travel approximately 175 km without a stop but any further than that risk personal injury. In addition to the club championship in February the club also plans to host Morrisburg to defend the cup on natural ice for the first time in over a century.

The various committees get ready for th event.

A great weekend for curling. Top water pushed the ice sheets well beyond where we have had to go in the past but we find decent ice.

Saturday night the entire club is introduced to the Quebec cup. It gets fills with 200 ounces of marqeritas three time, twice with Crown Royal and twice with rusty nails (Scotch and Drambuie). This is a warm up for the big match on Saturday.

After the teams are made a Calcutta is held for the first time in club history. The proceeds will be split between the winners and the outhouse committee.

Morrisburg shows up at noon on Saturday with great expectations but find outdoor curling more difficult than expected. They are unsuccessful but hold their own in the drinking event.

Dalhousie lake teams to defend on the ice are;
Team 1: Bill Robertson, Graham Hicks, Bob Reynolds, Paul Bryenton
Team 2: Wayne Dennison, Chris Daley, Scott Patterson, Jim kilgallen

Morrisburg Teams are
Team 1: Joey McCooeye, Sam Laurier, Josh Laurin, John Toonders
Team 2: Ron Toonders, Gerry Thompson, Mahlin Locke, Allan Black

Dalhousie plays Saturday morning but shifts most of the games in the championship to Sunday


2008 World Outdoor Curling Champions: Jeff Meek (Presenting) to Jim Hines, Don Gamble, Bill Woods, Scott Patterson


Silver: Drew Ashton, Duncan Jameson, Roy Tubman, Kevin Mullins, (Spare) Lane Belcher

Bronze: Greg Jameson, Bob Hanes, Stu James, Steve Wade


2009 – TEN TEAMS AND COUNTING

2009 Executive

Past President: Jeff Meek
President: Ken Closs
1st Vice: Paul Bryenton
2nd Vice: Duncan Jameson
Ice Chairman: Bob Reynolds/Scott Patterson
Kitchen: Bill Robertson
Treasurer: Chris Daley
Secretary: Bill Woods

Teams:

Team 1: Duncan Jameson, Craig Wilson, Don Gamble, Bill Woods
Team 2: Don Kettles, Billy Joe Woods, Adam Reynolds, Daryn Hicks
Team 3: Bob B, Dave Lyons, Mike Faubert, Mike Preston
Team 4: Bob Hanes, Daryn Stevens, Brent Closs, Don Doyle
Team 5: Mike Reynolds, Bev McQueen, Kyle Wilson, Greg Jameson
Team 6: Drew ashton, OJ Pitner, Ken Closs, Bob Reynolds
Team 7: Roy Tubman, Stan Turner, Kevin Mullins, Doug Hicks
Team 8: Rodney Davis, John Barber, Lane Belcher, Fraser Leeder
Team 9: Paul Bryenton, Jeff Meek, George Volgaris, Bill Wilson
Team 10:Graham Hicks, Zach Reynolds, Bill Robertson, Steve Schafer

 

Again this year there is lots of top water and sheets are pushed further from shore. Daryn Hicks has a gas powered “marguerator” that becomes the highlight of the weekend.



Saturday starts with great ice but by noon it is apparent the weather is warming up and ice conditions continue to deteriorate. By the end of the day it is a chore just getting the rock to the far end of the ice.

Teams who were strong in the morning begin to struggle with the changing ice conditions. It is turning from a finesse game to the survival of the fittest.


Daryn Hicks sets the record this year for the youngest team to be eliminated the earliest.


2009 World Outdoor Champions: Don Doyle, Brent Closs, Daryn Stevens,
Bob Hanes

Silver: Duncan Jameson, Craig Wilson, Don Gamble, Bill Woods

Bronze: Graham Hicks, Zach Reynolds, Bill Robertson, Steve Schafer

 

2010 –  A NEW DECADE

20010 Executive

Past President: Ken Closs
President: Paul Bryenton
1st Vice: Duncan Jameson
2nd Vice: Bob Hanes
Ice Chairman: Bob Reynolds/Scott Patterson
Kitchen: Bill Robertson
Treasurer: Chris Daley
Secretary: Bill Woods