Day Ladies Report | Spring 2016

By: Faith Piccolo, Day Ladies 

The Mayflower Day Ladies had a great 2015-16 curling season. We celebrated every holiday on the calendar with food and merriment. These social gatherings are a great opportunity for us to get to know each other. In November, we hosted the Metro Ladies Bonspiel, welcoming teams from the Halifax, Lakeshore and Dartmouth Curling Clubs.

We raised money through our annual Bake and Book Sale, and through our newest fundraiser, Chase the Button. We donated heaps of Christmas gifts, along with money, to our chosen charity, Adsum House. And amidst it all we found time to curl twice a week, and enjoy some friendly competition.

We’ll capped off the season with a fun day on April 12, 2016. We encouraged members to bring any friends who might like to try curling. We’ll provided instruction and encouragement. Then we finished off the session in the Myers Room with pizza.

We picked up a five new members this year; but we’re always looking for more. And, as women reach retirement age, we encourage them to think about joining the Mayflower Day Ladies. It provides an ideal avenue for physical activity and social interaction with an eclectic group of women. Even if you’ve never curled before, we provide clinics and instruction to get you on the ice and enjoying the game.

As the curling year winds down we move on to less frosty pursuits. The Day Ladies golf day this year will happen on June 7th at Indian Lake Golf Course. If you want to sign up, get in touch with me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It’s 9-holes followed by lunch…of course.

And again this year, Mayflower upstairs will become a yoga studio for the summer. Starting in mid-May and running until mid-August, every Tuesday evening prepare to hit the mat and stretch out those hamstrings . Namaste. For more information contact Mary Mattatall at
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Have a safe and blissful summer and we’ll see you in the fall.

Competitive Player Profile: Gail Hayes

By: Jocelyn Adams, 2016-17 Communications Chair

Short Bio:

Name: Gail (Fox) Hayes

Position: Second/Skip

Throws: Right

Current Teams: Masters Provincial Team (Skip Marg Cutcliffe) and Competitive Club Team (Skip Gail Hayes) for Travellers Club Championship Play

Years Curled: Since Grade 7

Hometown: Born and raised in Lunenburg, NS (currently resides in Halifax)

Curling Highlight(s): Winning Provincial School Girls Championship 1970, winning silver in Provincial STOH (PEI) – 1990, Winning Dominion/Travellers Club Championship (2009, 2010 and 2014) representing Mayflower Curling Club, Canadian Masters Finals winning silver medal 2016.

Mayflower Interview Gail:

  1. MCC: How did you first become interested in the sport?

    Gail: My parents curled and the sport was offered at the Lunenburg Curling club for school players. I had to choose between basketball and curling. And then figure skating! I guess I developed a passion for the game early and had to make choices. I believe they were the right choices.

  2. MCC: When did you know you wanted to play at an elite level?

    Gail: From the beginning. Our school girls team lost against Trish Glintz from Truro for the CWG. That made us work hard to improve. Over the years, the passion has grown and being close to winning Provincials a few times (Mixed and Scotties) keeps one striving to do better. Now at a Seniors and Masters level the passion is still there.

  3. MCC: Who has been the most influential in your curling career?

    Gail: My parents and my coach in School (Dougald Burke). He was my mentor for 3 years and in fact he proposed the toast to the bride (me) at my wedding. Along with Mr. Burke my parents for sure. And now my husband and 3 children and my grandson.

  4. MCC: What curler inspired you the most growing up?

    Gail: My idol in high school was Jack Macduff (Canadian Brier Champ, 1976 NFLD). On a national inspiration side, Ron Northcott and Don Duguid, Marg Mitchell, Linda Moore and later years Sandra Schmirler were great inspirations.

  5. MCC: What was your highlight this past season?

    Gail: For sure, winning Provincial Masters, Maritime Masters and Playing for Gold in the 2016 Canadian Masters Championship Game.

  6. MCC: What is your goal for the 2016-2017 curling season?

    Gail: To continue to play at the Masters level, Competitive/Travellers level and to coach my grandson Jack (U15 boys and U15 mixed teams). I will continue to support the Mayflower Curling Club, as a life member the club means everything to me to continue to provide a recreational/competitive/social club.

Wednesday & Monday Morning Leagues

By Jim Kavanaugh, Mayflower Member

The inaugural 2015/2016 season of the Monday/Wednesday morning curling league has come to a close and by most accounts it was a great success. The Monday morning games provided an opportunity for some teams to compete in competitive, skilled play and others to teams to curl in a more social atmosphere. The Wednesday morning games saw men and women curlers playing in a fun, social semi-competitive environment. This same general format is planned for next season, along with some league enhancements that will hopefully retain existing members and attract new players.

Many of the improvements will be achieved through the efforts of a larger organizing committee which is committed to making the league an even greater success. One key improvement will be the introduction of a formal system of scoring which will provide members with week to week “team points” updates, communicated via Email. Other plans include organizing clinics to improve the skill level of new and current members.

League improvements “off-the-ice” include better bar and food service arrangements and the introduction of a “buddy system” to improve the way new members are introduced to the league and the Club.

The morning curling league strives to accommodate everyone. Committee efforts are now underway to promote the social and recreational benefits of curling (and our league in particular) to local and area residents - with a focus on community based clubs and organizations. With the curling schedule spilt into two sessions, Christmas being the halfway mark, snow birds can participate in the league until the end of December and then head south. Other league members who still work fulltime, but have flexibility in their work hours, also find time to play in the league on one or both mornings.

If physical mobility is an issue – no worries. An ever increasing number of our curlers now use a curling stick, allowing them to continue to play the sport they love for many years into their retirement. Next season, depending on the participation level, the organizing committee is considering establishing a separate stick curling league on Monday and/or Wednesday afternoons.

So please pass the word around this summer. Encourage your spouse, partner, significant other, friends, neighbors, whomever, to come out next fall and give our league a try. If all goes as planned, we’ll provide those who join with an enjoyable season of curling. It’s a league suited to whatever the curler desires - be it skilled competition or just a social morning outing with curling friends.

Watch for further promotion of this league in September. More details and contact information will be provided at that time!

Property & Ice Report: Spring 2016

By: Scott Moulton, 2016-17 Property and Ice Chairman

From a Property and Ice perspective it has been an active month at our club tending to all the items required to keep the club in tip top shape. Below are just some of the activities that have taken place:

The club invested additional resources to prepare one sheet of ice to be as close to 'Brier Conditions' for Team Murphy (leading up to the 2016 Brier). Team Murphy was very appreciative of the efforts of the club on their behalf.

Jordan Pinder from Team Murphy produced '2015-2016 Headshots' of the Mayflower Board Members that are currently being displayed in the downstairs lounge opposite the front desk. Thank you Jordan.

Kris Granchelli has graciously agreed to become Bar Director. His previous experience will be a valuable asset when managing the operations of our Bar Services. He is already busy reviewing items such: pricing formulas, inventory, bar set up, staffing, stock ordering process, event planning etc. Thank you Kris.

The Mayflower Curling Club now has an “Event Rental Agreement”. Members and non-members that wish to rent our club for an event or activity will have a set of guidelines that outline the responsibilities of the Club Renter and the Club Management.

Entry Security System – We are investigating the possible implementation of an entry security system. There have been a few instances of unwelcome visitors.

Interior Design Recommendations Proposal – Marina Atwell, Velocity Entertainment provided a proposal for eight areas of improvement to upgrade club to better facilitate events at our club.

CIMCO Refrigeration has once again been contracted to provide Annual Maintenance for our Plant Equipment and for our two Ice Shed Dehumidifiers. We have also had a CIMCO Technician top up the brine for refrigeration system and install a replacement ¾” float valve for water cooling tank.

Super League – We are working with our own Jamie Danbrook to investigate and determine the best approach for preparing the ice surface for the proposed Super League for the upcoming season. We want to offer the finest quality ice in order to attract the best curlers in the province back to our club.

Shuffleboard Table – Donated by past member Helen Wallace. It has been placed in the Bar area of the club. A plaque is to be placed on table indicating the wonderful donation. Please enjoy the use of the table as well as the other amenities that the Bar has to offer.

ATM – “Direct Cash ATM” - installed ATM machine in the Bar area of the club. No cost to the club. Service Charge to ATM user = $2.50 per use.

Already a number of events have been booked for the Summer month which bodes well for keeping our club active in the off season.

The shutdown of the Ice Plant and removal of the ice took place the week of April 25.

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