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!

MCC 45th Bahamas Bonspiel

By: Susan Crooks, 2016 Past-President Board of Directors, Bahamas Co-Chair

The club recently held our 45th Bahamas Bonspiel. The spiel proved to be great fun for the 50 plus members who participated. New friends, great shots, super food, prizes and memories to cherish characterized this annual event.

Special thanks to the following committee volunteers who helped make this event a reality:

Co-Chairs Sue Crooks & Bonnie Anderson; Draw: Jack Robar & Bonnie: Hot Shots: Scott Moulton; Music Trivia Steve Smith; Advertising: Mandy Grace & Jocelyn Adams; Logistics: Melanie Hughes; Decorating: Heather Salmon, Margery Cotterell, Sherry Mowat, Nora Clark & Sue; Team Photos: Rick Crooks; Bahamas Theme Night: Sue & Catherine Walsh; Sponsor solicitation: Jason Cooke, Mary Barton, Theresa Crocker, Rosemary Beck, Sharon Low, Sue & Bonnie; Chase The Button: Jim Kavanagh; Food: RCC & John Luckhurst. In addition, thanks to the bar & kitchen staff and especially to “Dale” for his technical support and assistance behind the scenes! Well done!

Congratulations to the 45th Bahamas Main Event Winners:   Skip: Dalyce Wilson; Mate: Jim Kavanagh; Second: Stephen Ritcey & Lead: Judy Jackson. Awesome!

Summary of Winners: 45th Bahamas 2016

Event Place Skip Mate Second Lead
Main Event 1 Dalyce Wilson Jim Kavanagh Stephen Ritcey Judy Jackson
Runner-up 2

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Heidi Cullinan Mary Ellen Shea Mike Trenaman
Little Bahamas 3 Brad Wilson James Richardson Marian Kelly Rick Walsh
Runner-up 4 Heather Salmon Daniel Saulnier Barb Hopkin James Weatherby
Division I 5 Carolyn Kavanagh Kim McDonah Gerry Cameron Bob Huish
Runner-up 6 Gary Legassie Catherine Walsh Rick Kelly Nora Clark
Division II 7 Bruce Mahar Theresa Crocker Larry Oake Edith MacAulay
Runner-up 8 Sharon Low Pam Marshall Scott Burke Diane Letourneau
Division III 9 Peter Scriven Tom Shea Faith Piccolo Judd Wilson
Runner-up 10 Steve Ewart Sue Crooks Susan Drysdale Mike McDonah
11 Steve Smith Kim Whytock Linda Mackenzie Pat Arthur
12 Steve Mallett John Murphy Larry MacDonald Susan Roper

Winners Circle: Congrats to:

-Hot Shots: 1st Kim McDonah; 2nd: Mike Trenaman 3rd Brad Wilson

-Nova Scotian Crystal: Curling Stone (raffle) –.................. Jim Kavanagh

-Catherine Beck Earrings: (random draw) ........................Sharon Low

-Hog Line Draw- ($50.00) - .................................................Pat Arthur

-Rock- Paper- Scissor Champ: (RCC gift card).................. Bob Huish

-Limbo Champ: (Rum Cake) ..............................................Dalyce Wilson

-Hula Hoop Champ: (Rum Cake)........................... .............Theresa Crocker

-Bahamian Coconut Curling Champ: (Rum Cake) ...........Steve Ewart

-Best Dressed Bahamas Theme: ( Chicken Burger G.C.) ...Carolyn Kavanagh

-“Chase the Button”: ($350+ !)........................................... Steve Smith

Respectfully submitted, Sue Crooks   Bahamas Co-Chair/ President Board of Directors

Competitive Player Profile: Brent MacDougall

By: Jocelyn Adams, Communications Chair, 2015-2016 Board of Directors

Position: Skip
Throws: Right
Current Team: Team MacDougall (Rob Moore, Kris Granchelli, Kevin Ouellette), also Mixed Doubles and Mixed
Years Curled: 27
Hometown: Sydney, Nova Scotia
Curling Highlight(s): 2013 NS Curling Association Men's Player of the Year, 2-time NS
Mixed Curling Champion, 2013 Canadian Mixed National (Finalist), 2013 Most Sportsmanlike
Awards and 2013 All-Star Skip at Mixed Nationals, 3-time Canada Post National Curling

Q & A

Mayflower: How did you first become interested in the sport?
Brent: Through work at Canada Post. Work had a league and I was asked to play.

Mayflower: When did you know you wanted to play at an elite level?
Brent: After my first game I realized how difficult a sport it was and was immediately challenged and wanted to be the best that I could be.

Mayflower: Who has been the most influential in your curling career?
Brent: Diz McNeil from Sydney, NS. At that time he was the best curler in Cape Breton.

Mayflower: What curler inspired you the most growing up?
Brent: Ed Werenich

Mayflower: Prior to provincials, what spiels did your team enter this past fall?
Brent: Lakeshore, New Glasgow Sobeys, Gatineau Doubletree bonspiel, Dave Jones Mayflower
Classic, Windsor Spitfire Cashspiel, Jimmy Sullivan Classic (Saint John, NB),

Mayflower: Any particular highlights?
Brent: Yes, we won the Lakeshore Cashspiel, and in the Gatineau Cashspiel we beat Team Canada (Pat Simmonds) on last rock. Made it to the men's final eight for provincials.

Mayflower: What is your goal for the upcoming curling season?
Brent: To win a Cashspiel and qualify for men's provincials again, and ultimately go the 'big show' (the brier!)

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