Sports with Patrick Townes

Curling season is only a stone’s throw away!  If you are interested in the sport of curling or would like to play, please feel free to reach out to myself to request more information – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Elmvale Curling Club offers a variety of leagues and options for all.  Curling is a great sport and the social aspect promotes new friendships. The Elmvale Curling Club recently held their Annual General Meeting.  Due to continuous efforts of the executive, staff, local businesses/organizations, the community and all the members, the club is booming and is always looking for new members.   

This article has covered the topic of the sports media in previous articles. As referenced before, athletes (and television viewers) must be getting tired of answering the same questions, over and over and over again. For example, who will be the next captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs?  Perhaps the easiest idea to solve this great mystery is for Babcock or Shanahan or Dubas (or whoever makes the decisions) to finally name a captain. There is absolutely no way the organization does not know who the next captain is going to be.  If they do not, players are more and more likely to be under the impression that they do not trust anyone to be a captain. Tavares is the only player who has worn the “C” before – please name him captain already. 

Maybe the Maple Leafs are purposely delaying the announcement of who will be the next captain until the heat of the Matthews criminal charge is over. They may be tricking the media day after day to continually ask questions about the captain, rather than the “incident”.  During the offseason athletes need to try to stay out of the spotlight. The media is desperate for hockey news during some points of the year, and I would suggest the Matthews’ news would have been more discussed during the summer months.  It is a shame that Matthews did not inform the Maple Leafs about the incident until it was public. It reflects poorly on the organization that questions get answered from a reactive perspective. In an attempt to stay out of the spotlight, unfortunately the actions committed by Matthews are as bright as the moon.   

When on holidays this past week we went to our first CFL game in Ottawa. The BC Lions were the visitors against the RedBlacks. The two teams are near the bottom of their respective divisions and to be quite honest, this game was painful to watch. There was not much entertainment between whistles and between quarters. The majority of fans left after the third quarter and the atmosphere is dismal. This opinion may be jaded considering both teams were out of the playoff picture.   

The Victoria Harbour Dodgers swept the Vasey Countrymen is the Simcoe Rural Fastball League finals.  Denny Benson pitched all three games for the Dodgers and only allowed one run in the series. Congratulations to both teams on their seasons.  Thank you to all teams for their participation and Ken Cadeau for organizing all the umpires throughout the season.   

My Predictions for the upcoming NHL season, the Nashville Predators will make an extreme push for the Stanley Cup this year, at all costs.  They have a talented team with an aging goalie.  My early prediction is that the Predators will defeat the Boston Bruins in the finals. The Maple Leafs will be again be challenged to escape the first round of playoffs. 


Lawn bowlers get moving at local Re/Max Georgian Bay tourney

The final tournament of the season for the Midland Lawn Bowling Club attracted 36 eager members for the always fun mixed triples event.

Under sunny skies at the Little Lake Park club, the team of Bert Mason, Pat Weissflog and Jackie Strong came out on top winning all three of their games and earning a total of 177 points. They were followed closely by Sue Hamlin, Ross McConnell and Gail O’Sullivan with two wins and 165 points. In third place, just behind his wife’s team, was Ron O’Sullivan as skip, Susan Stemp as vice and new bowler Lorraine Gierney as lead.

All the winning teams moved up to the prize table thanks to our local and much appreciated tournament sponsor Re/Max Georgian Bay. Special thanks to Re/Max representatives Stephen Jupp and Bob Armstrong. 

The season wraps up shortly when resident grounds keeper and lawn bowler Lewis Waddell, who has had the greens looking and running in topnotch condition this season, will prepare the grass for the coming winter. The club welcomes new members of all ages and is open for play six days a week during the season. The club holds instruction and skills development opportunities throughout the season and organized and drop in games to accommodate those who prefer days or evening play. We also have social events including a fish fry, corn roast and Canada day party.  Watch the paper and recreation guides for information about our 2020 season. Visit us on the web at Remember lawn bowling – it’s not just for old people!


A Day for Seniors- pickleball demonistration

Pickleball demonstration at a Day for Seniors hosted by Jill Dunlop, MPP Simcoe North at the Coldwater Arena. 

From left to right: County of Simcoe Warden, George Cornell, MPP Jill Dunlop, Garry Morehouse, Shelley Archer, MPP Raymond Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility, Jeff Archer, Dave Twitchin, Coldwater Councillor, Judith Cox, and Karen Twitchin.

Midland Area Pickleball Club (MAP) players: Jeff Archer & Karen Twitchin, and Shelley Archer & Dave Twitchin.

Pickleball is for all ages, builds and abilities. It is easy to learn and is a good social sport. MAP offers beginners night on Monday at 6 pm at Tay Shores Public School in Victoria Harbour. 

For more information on

visit http://www.midlandareapickleballclub.


Wasaga United Church golf committee

The Wasaga United Church golf committee present a cheque for $3000.00 to Trish Rawn Executive Director and Janet Fairbridge Foundation Director of Georgian Triangle Hospice (Campbell House). 

In the picture from left to right. Gloria Ellis, Carol Campbell  Sandra Bailey (committee chairperson) Trish Rawn, Janet Fairbridge, Gord Keir, Marie Thompson, Boyd Russell, Phyllis Russell, Bob Mccoll.


Local cancer centre benefits from Life is Good lawn bowling tourney 

The Midland and District Lawn Bowling club held its annual Life is Good invitational tournament in memory of past member Bruce Finlayson recently, and in the process raised funds for the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre.

The competition was strong with teams coming from Willowdale, Whitby, Richmond Hill, Muskoka, Barrie and Collingwood to compete against Midland teams in this friendly women’s tournament.

Two teams finished with three wins and the top spot with 42 points went to Chrystal Sheppard and Gloria Cheung of Willowdale, followed closely by Terry Knight and Colleen Madonia of Richmond Hill with 36 points. Third place went to Bruce’s daughter Wendy Cullen who teamed up with Midland bowler Georgeanne Matthews winning two games of their three 10-end games and collecting 36 points.

It was a great day of fun and friendship under the sun at the Midland club in Little Lake Park. Lawn bowling is a sport for all age. This year’s season is just winding up but new members are always welcome. Visit our website at www. Midlandlawnbowlingclub .ca to learn more about this great sport that’s #not just for old people.