Competitive Teams On The Prowl

Nugget Column #13 – Tuesday December 23rd, 2014

A little rest and relaxation is in sight, and well deserved for many members and volunteers who have contributed to a very successful opening of our curling season.

Great news arrived last week following a final meeting of the Canadian Mixed committee who has decided to donate proceeds from the November 8th – 15th event towards a retrofitting of the Granite Club’s existing lighting systems. New fixtures over the ice surface will be installed in addition to using high efficiency bulbs throughout the facility. Payback is estimated to be six to seven months while a reduction in total energy costs to the club will be realized in the very first year.

This will provide a substantial benefit to our organization that could not have been accomplished without the committee’s near one-hundred-and-twenty volunteers. Thanks again to all of those who were involved.

Our sections were hard at work in December preparing special events in time to send curlers home for the holidays. Most all of our leagues enjoyed a dinner, pizza party, turkey shoot or festive farewell of sorts before taking some time away to welcome a new year. We wish all our friends a most incredible holiday.

Our more competitive curlers will have little time for fine-tuning between now and playdown events scheduled for January; luckily we have little concern for our teams’ abilities to play alongside the best.

Chris Bowman, Ben Alexander, Tanner Johnson and Dylan Burns with Coach Brian Whitehead recently returned from their first Northern Ontario Curling Association playdown with a 2-3 record against some very strong opponents. Team Bowman aspires to represent the NOCA at a junior national and will be a joy to watch develop over the next number of years.

Calli Barclay, Cynthia Furlotte, Kate Sherry and Sarah Pigeau take off to Sault Ste. Marie January 2nd to compete for the NOCA Junior Girl’s Provincial where they are amongst the favorites to win. Fans can follow their progress at or on social media by searching “NOCA Jr Provs 2015”.

Jeff Brown, Gavan Jamieson, Steve Decary and Bobby Ray of Team Brown will attempt to be one of three qualifiers from Northeastern Ontario to advance to the NOCA Men’s Provincials in Keewatin when they hit the ice January 8th – 11th in Espanola. Three more teams will qualify from Northwestern Ontario while two entries will be decided by the Canadian Team Ranking System of which Team Brad Jacobs is assured a berth.

Club events in January feature Ruby’s Golden Broom, a one-day ladies bonspiel on Saturday the 10th; CFB Provincials from the 19th to the 26th; our Masters’ Bonspiel from the 26th to the 28th; and Special Olympics’ Ontario Winter Games beginning on the 30th.

New members are invited to join us for the remaining three months of curling season at a discounted rate. Contact the club for more information.


Bobby Ray
General Manager
North Bay Granite Club