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Hogs & Hoppers

December 20-22, 2016

Each December, the North Hill breaks for the Holidays; but not before holding the “Hogs and Hoppers” bonspiel. The format is loosely based upon the Ryder Cup (golf); wherein each night one set of teams (Hogs) plays against the other “side” (Hoppers). Each side has an equal number of teams (maximum of twelve teams each).  The bonspiel goes for three nights with a differing format each night (see below).  Points are awarded for each game played and aggregated after each night of play. Points are allocated such that neither side can win before the final night.

This bonspiel is totally about fun and is a great way to introduce friends to curling. No one takes the competition that seriously (you can’t, as the other teams on your side won’t tolerate it!).  For the past few years, most teams are formed from within the Club but usually are not established teams.  That doesn’t mean that teams or players from other clubs or leagues aren’t welcomed; just that, it fills up fairly quickly.

The winning side does get a monetary reward, however it’s not that significant.  Prior to the event the Club solicits prizes (hats, sweaters, wine, re-gifts, golf balls; anything you have) from its membership. These are augmented as needed by the committee.  All are wrapped and numbered. Each participant draws for a prize; which leads to some interesting bartering afterwards!  It’s a great way to ease into the holidays.

The Rules:

  • Entry Fee per Team is $120. Two draws each night- 6:45 pm and 8:30 pm. Each side plays for points. The side with the most points at the end of the tournament wins bragging rights and Prizes. Two sides of 12 teams Hogs (Warthogs) and Hoppers (Grasshoppers).
  • Hogs will be RED Rocks, Hoppers YELLOW. 
  • Hammer on following nights will be determined by side (Hogs or Hoppers) that is leading in points. The team behind will have the Hammer.
  • The draw is split into three events – see below for each evenings’ layout

Tuesday Night:  Team Rotation Match (55 total points)

Hogs will have hammer on all sheets and throw Red stones

  • Teams identified in the draw will play a 6 end game. 5 points will be awarded to each sheets’ winning colour.
  • After each end the team will shift to the adjacent ice. Hogs will move down one sheet, Hoppers will move up one sheet. That is, if starting on sheet 3, the Hogs will move to sheet 2 and the Hoppers will move to sheet 4. Each team will have played one end on each sheet.
  • For the early draw only, on the fourth end, the Hogs will move down 2 sheets. This will ensure every team will meet every opposition team. The late draw will keep the rotation, and end up where they had started.
  • The score will remain, with the new teams picking up on the game as it was left by the preceding team.

Starting draw:


Sheet # Warthogs (Hogs) Vs. Grasshoppers (Hoppers)
1 Team Duncan vs. Jennifer Scott
2 Evan Lewis vs. Steve Varga
3 Chris Wilkes vs. Brian DeBernardo
4 Chris Heikkinen vs. Harvie Windover
5 Wes Bradley vs. Blair Jarvis
6 Bryan Withers vs. Dennis Heacock

Sheet # Warthogs (Hogs) Vs. Grasshoppers (Hoppers)
1 Tamsyn McLean vs. Glenn Ector
2 Don McLaughlin vs. Gord McLean
3 Tim Varga vs. Krista Solvason
4 Team NHCC vs. Terry Schiewe
5 Mike Desjardins vs. Darren Bayda

Wednesday Night:  A Roll of the Die
 (110 total points)

Hogs will continue to throw Red stones. The hammer will be awarded to the side that is behind after Tuesday

  • Teams identified in the draw will play a 6 end game. Each game is worth 10 points.
  • The scoring end will be divided into 6 partitions – the free guard zone will be 1 & 2, the front house will be 3 & 4, and the back house, 5 & 6
  • Once all rocks have been thrown, a roll of the die will determine which zone will count. Rocks in that zone are counted with the difference between colours marking the score. Any rock touching the zone, across the dividing lines should be counted as in that zone.
  • Hammer will follow as in a regular game.
  • hogs-vs-hoppers-wed-draw

Thursday Night:  Skins Game (280 total points)

Hogs will continue to throw Red stones. The hammer will be awarded to the side that is behind after Wednesday’s games

Please prepare to be at the rink from 6:30-11:00pm, prizes will be after the final games. 

  • Each end will be worth points. Games will be 6 ends, a halftime break for libations is permitted.
  • Traditional skins rules in effect: Team with the hammer must score 2 or more, team without the hammer must steal 1 or more to win the end. Ends are carried over if not won. Any points not won in the final end are split evenly. Hammer transfers as per regular game. 
  • Two Point Values in Games:  Six Games will be worth 30 points (typically on late draw); the other five games will be worth 20 points
  • 20 points game scoring
    • End#1&2 (2 pts ea), End#3&4 (3 pts ea), End#5 (4 pts), End#6 (6 pts) 
  • 30 point game scoring
    • End#1&2 (3 pts ea), End#3 (4 pts), End#4 (5 pts), End#5 (6 pts), End#6 (9 pts) 

Social Events 

  • Entry fees will be used to provide munchies on Tuesday and Thursday evening. Wednesday evening there will be snacks available between the early and late draw 
  • Prizes will be purchased with the remaining funds.
  • A raffle will be held for a few special donations with the funds there-from donated to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.
  • Big Rock will donate a prize for each participant.

Interested in playing?

The sign up sheet is at the bar in the lounge upstairs, or you may always contact us as well!