Latest News

Hardy Rock 2019 Closing

posted Apr 10, 2019, 7:09 AM by Barry Rowland   [ updated Apr 14, 2019, 9:09 AM ]

Another season is over ! We had a great year with 74 members and some tremendous competitions. The last competition of the season was the for the Len Beliveau Trophy presented by Millie Beliveau and skip John Coutts, 3rd Dorothy Gauthier, 2nd Bill Sclater and lead Alan Gibb ran away with the trophy. Barry Rowland, Bob Fournier, Marcel Dery and Dave Lazenbury came second followed by Richard Hatrick, Jim Tisdall, Tony Merulla and Claude Turmel in the third place. I have to note that our newer players Claude Turmel and Alan Gibb have made it to the finals on a couple of occasions already. I will have to take that into consideration for the draws next year. 

We had a wonderful turnout for the closing with well over 80 people present. The roast beef dinner put on by Barbara Robinson was superb and she was ably supported by Fred & Jeanette Albert, Jon and Joan Bazar, Lise Bernier, Janice Robinson, Yves & Dorothy Gauthier and Cam Jobin. (thanks to all)

Special thanks also to Jim Markham, Bill Sansom, Bob Hart, and Mike Sheppard as well as our iceman Allan Jones and the legion manager Terry Connolly for all they do to make our time at the club such a success.
It was good to see ex-Hardy Rocks Jack Bannon and Bruce Munro join us this year for the closing as well as special guests  Madeleine Langlois from palliative care and trophy presenters Millie Beliveau and Shirley Sayer.
We took the occasion to say goodbye to one of our own, “Alex Timm” who will be curling out of Pointe Claire next year.

The Hardy Rocks will be donating $500 to the legion from our fees as well as $205 from the 50 / 50 draw won this year by Gilles Leblanc.
Neil Tomiuk also explained that the school children program was once again a success thanks to all the help from the volunteers. 

The Interclub teams finished in 9th place out of 13 and Bob Fournier mentioned that there is a proposal to split the interclub clubs into an "A" and "B" section to balance the competition more evenly with one team moving up and one down at the end of each season.
Gilles Leblanc said that we are going to buy combination locks next year to avoid the problems of spare keys. He also asked for volunteers for the clean up of the shed and basement on Monday April 15.
Barry Rowland explained that the skips agreed that next year the Crockart draw will be an Eager Beaver competition where every player will move up one position for the duration of that draw and the skips will play lead. This will be everyone's chance to get experience at the next level up.
Jay de la Durantaye talked about all the competitions our club is involved in and some of the items that are being considered for improvement such as the curling rocks themselves (~$16,000 to replace all the rocks). The first step will be a sanding pad to sharpen the stones 2-3 times per year to get better curl. He also spoke of the financial health of the club and the standard benchmark of 100 members per sheet, and the challenge to the Hardy Rocks to boost our numbers to 80 players.
Bob Hart presented his best sweeper of the year award to Real Fortier.

Gerry Foliot presented the donations raised by the tips to the Hardy Rock bartenders for the refurbishment of the birdfeeders at the palliative care in the presence of Madeleine Langlois Mktg Coordinator for the palliative care, and Bill Louch who has been tirelessly maintaining the existing feeders.

Shirley Sayer and Jim Markham presented the Tom Sayer trophy to the day ladder winning team of Paul Rainbow, John Coutts, Barry Rowland, Bob Fournier and Bill Atkins.

The Hardy Rocks wish a speedy and full recovery to Glenn Ruiter, Richard Little and to Neil Tomiuk and his wife.
Hardy Rock golf is just around the corner! Have a great summer and see you all next year.

2018-2019 Doubles Champions

posted Apr 8, 2019, 3:51 PM by Barry Rowland

The Doubles Championship for 2018-2019 came down to the last rock of the 8th end. Albert/Tomiuk (Bob Cameron substituting for an injured Neil Tomiuk) were up by three coming home however the opposition had three rocks in the house and the take-out to keep the game to at least a tie rubbed a guard letting Langdon/Albert draw for 4 and the win. Congratulations to Bill Langdon and Jeanette Albert.

Crockart Champions

posted Mar 12, 2019, 4:46 AM by Barry Rowland

The results are in and Team Cameron has come through to take the Crockart Draw. Team Langdon
had a tough battle with Team Spriggs to get to the finals. Then they took the lead in the final game
but Team Cameron tied it up after 5 ends. Team Langdon took 3 in the 6th end to put all kinds of 
pressure on team Cameron but they pushed back strongly to take 3 points in the 7th to tie it up one
 more time. Both teams were feeling the pressure in the 8th end (and there were a few misses) but 
Team Cameron came through in the clutch. There was quite a gaggle of fans behind the glass and 
everyone really enjoyed the competition and the hot dogs. Thanks once again to Fred Albert for 
doing kitchen duty and the team of Moe Lafoley, Yves Gauthier and Richard Little for getting things 

Memorial winners

posted Mar 12, 2019, 4:45 AM by Barry Rowland

 Team Tisdall came through in the play-offs to take out Team Coutts and Team Rowland. Team Rowland just managed to get by Team Spriggs but Team Tisdall made all their shots and were simply overwhelming. Congratulations to Team Tisdall on a well deserved victory. 
I'm told that the spectators all had fun and there was certainly a good turn out. Thanks again to Fred and Jeanette Albert for serving up the hotdogs. 

Christmas Party

posted Dec 23, 2018, 1:58 PM by Barry Rowland

On Thursday Dec 20 the Hardy Rocks had a marvelous Christmas party with around 80 participants. We were treated to some exciting curling for the inaugural presentation of the Bill Driver Memorial Trophy.  The trophy was won by Paul Rainbow, Alain Caouette, Ken Barrieau and Alan Gibb. The trophy was presented by Audrey Driver. In two days Team Rainbow came from 6th place to win the trophy!!! Another interesting point was that it was the two second place teams that finally played off for the trophy and both teams featured two rookies for this year (Claude Turmel and Alan Gibb) We all enjoyed a fantastic turkey dinner put on by Barb Robinson who had plenty of help thanks to Jon Bazar, Joan Bazar, Lise Bernier, Janice Robinson, Yves Gauthier, Dorothy Gauthier, Fred Albert and Jeanette Albert. 
The winner of the 50/ 50 was Sandy Eades ($205) with 50% to the Palliative Care. Jeanette Albert knitted the 4 pairs of slippers that were given as door prizes.(thank you) The winner of the draw to the button was Neil Tomiuk at 8.5 inches. 
See you all in the new year.

Team Spriggs wins Normandeau Trophy

posted Nov 15, 2018, 6:02 PM by Barry Rowland   [ updated Nov 15, 2018, 6:04 PM ]

Team Spriggs outwitted, outplayed and outlasted all comers to win the Winnie Normandeau Trophy 2018. It was a most entertaining series of games that the crowd behind the glass greatly appreciated

Opening Event won by Team Spriggs

posted Oct 22, 2018, 5:50 AM by Barry Rowland   [ updated Nov 1, 2018, 1:03 PM ]

 John Spriggs team made up of John Spriggs, Paul Rainbow Bill Sclater and Alex Macdonald not only won the Hardy Rock HOTSHOTS opening event but also won the inaugural Club event including the evening curlers. Congratulations to John and his whole team.

2018-19 Curling season starts

posted Oct 7, 2018, 4:46 AM by Barry Rowland   [ updated Nov 1, 2018, 1:06 PM ]

We have been busy preparing the curling shed for the new season. Gilles Leblanc along with Fred Albert, Bob Cameron and John Coutts have painted the walls above the sideboards. Our iceman Allan Jones aided by Serges Berubé prepared the ice and then they along with Gilles Leblanc, Art Woods and John Coutts painted the ice and laid down the lines etc. Of course we have installed new rubber mats at both ends of the ice which should help to keep the ice much cleaner this year. Thanks to our volunteers for getting our season off to a good start.  
The new season starts on Tuesday October 9 with our new curler and refresher clinic being run by Meredith Royds and is immediately followed by the HOT SHOTS opening event. In a new wrinkle the Hardy Rocks will face-off against the evening curlers to determine a club champion.

Note! The club will be using the 5 Rock Rule for the free guard zone this year. It has been used by the pros for a couple of years and is now being adopted by most clubs and in all competitions. Previously no opponent's guard could be taken out until four rocks had been played. In other words the second of the team without the hammer could take out an opponent's  guard with his/her first rock. Now no opponent's guard can be taken out until 5 rocks have been played. No opponent's guard can be taken out until the second of the team with the hammer throws their first rock. A team is allowed to take out their own guard at any time. I wonder how long it will take us to remember this !
Good Curling!

1-8 of 8