U15/U18 Interclub for 2016-2017

“Interclub” is semi-formal arrangement of clubs in and around Waterloo Region and Centre Wellington, and it includes the clubs in Elmira, Palmerston, Elora, Waterloo, Milton, Acton, Fergus, Orangeville, Shelburne and Alliston.

The basic idea behind Interclub is to provide a development and learning opportunity for youth curlers. At Interclub, junior curlers have the opportunity to play games against teams at other clubs and to do so at minimal cost – as in free. There are no prizes at Interclub, no championships, and no trophies. Ice is donated by each club for each Interclub event. Interclub days are almost always Saturdays and we try to arrange games approximately once per month. Often the host club provides lunch for the players but there is no standard arrangement for this – it’s whatever the host club can put together, but often the meals are free of charge as well.

At Interclub we typically run two draws, which are termed “A” and “B”. Team makeup is “open” (any mix of boys and girls). “A” teams play two 8-end games with two timeouts; usually there isn’t time for an OCA-style 7-minute practice but we sometimes do that during events just prior to playdowns. “B” teams are typically younger, development teams who play 2 6-end games with “unlimited” timeouts – sometimes a coach will be on the ice during much of a game to direct the play and provide feedback to the players. We try very hard with each draw to ensure that teams play against other rinks of similar skill and do not play against other teams from their own clubs.

Five dates have now been set for this season’s U15/U18 Interclub schedule, with a date in February still to be determined. The arranged dates are:

  • Elmira and District will host on Saturday, October 29. Reg Domaratzki of Elmira will be organizing the draws; interested teams or players should email Reg at rdomarat@gmail.com.
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Granite (Martin Rombout) will host on November 26.
  • Palmerston CC (Wanda Zellemink) will host on Saturday, December 17.
  • Acton (Lee Jewell) will host on January 14.
  • Elora (Scott Lindhorst) will host on March 11.

My thanks to Lee, Scott, Wanda, and Martin for offering your respective clubs. We are still looking for a club to host in February. An announcement will be forthcoming once a host club for those dates has been found.

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Elmira Junior Curling begins Sunday, October 16

Junior curling resumes at Elmira on Sunday, October 16 2016 following our family open house on Sunday, October 2 from 1:30-3:00pm. On October 16 both Little Rock and U15/U18/U21 groups return to the ice as usual over the two sessions, 1:30pm for Little Rock and 3:00 pm for U15/U18/U21.

In addition to weekly practices and occasional competitive events, U15/U18 players are welcome to participate in U18 Interclub, a loose consortium of junior programs at various curling clubs designed to provide development opportunities to younger, more inexperienced players. U18 Interclub includes Acton, Elmira, Elora, Palmerston, Orangeville, Fergus, Shelburne, and Alliston curling clubs and we hope to include K-W Granite this season.

At Elmira we plan to host two youth events: our annual OJCT U18 cash bonspiel on January 20-22, and our U15 bonspiel in February. Our OJCT bonspiel has been full since mid-May and remains a very popular event on the OJCT curling tour. Registration forms for our U15 event will be available shortly.

Registration

With the threat of a work stoppage at Canada Post, this year we are utilizing online registration of youth curlers via our club’s website. Online registration is now open and payment can be made securely online via Visa or Mastercard. Registration continues to be $100 for the season. In addition to the online portion of your child’s registration, I would appreciate it if you would fill out both of the following forms:

While our overall numbers continue to remain high, we still have additional room for more youth curlers and we encourage members to pass on this message over the next few weeks. With our increase of numbers, particularly on the U15/U18 side, we are looking for additional coaching assistance each Sunday afternoon. While Elmira members with formal OCA coaching credentials would be ideal, we would welcome assistance from anyone with a solid understanding of the game who is interested in working with some our outstanding junior players to improve their skills.

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Draw finalized for 2017 Elmira OJCT U-18 Cash bonspiel

Teams and pools for the boys’ and girls’ draws have been finalized for the 4th annual 2017 Elmira OJCT U18 bantam cash spiel that takes place at the Elmira and District Curling Club the weekend of January 20-22, 2017. We anticipate a total prize pool in the neighbourhood of $2200.00.

There will be a mandatory coach and player meeting 15 minutes prior to the start of your first game in the upstairs lounge at the curling club. The meeting will go over rules, expectations and any questions you may have about the bonspiel. A detailed information package will be sent out to all teams in early November.

This bonspiel is an OJCT sanctioned event and game outcomes will be reported to the OJCT for inclusion in points totals for the participating teams.

We plan to offer live scoring of this event through the OJCT website.

U18 Women’s Draw
Women’s A Pool – First game Friday, 20 January 2017 at 6:30pm
Team # Skip Club
GA1 Emma McKenzie Elmira and District
GA2 Aubrey Kropf K-W Granite
GA3 Maddy Warriner Oakville
GA4 Rachel Snelgrove Whitby
Women’s B Pool – First game Friday, 20 January 2017 at 8:30pm
Team # Skip Club
GB5 Veronica Bernard Richmond Hill
GB6 Madison Fisher Parry Sound
GB7 Julia Heittola Coldwater and District
GB8 Evelyn Robert High Park
U18 Men’s Draw
Men’s A Pool – First game Friday, 20 January 2017 at 6:30pm
Team # Skip Club
BA1 Sam Domaratzki Elmira and District
BA2 Alex Flannery Oakville
BA3 Daniel Del Conte Hamilton Victoria
BA4 Jacob Jones Brant
Men’s B Pool – First game Friday, 20 January 2017 at 8:30pm
Team # Skip Club
BB5 Owen Purdy Niagara Falls
BB6 Jack McGrade High Park
BB7 Chris Inglis St. George’s Golf and Country Club
BB8 Evan Running Coldwater and District

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4th Annual 2017 Elmira OJCT U18 Cash Spiel

The 4th annual 2016-2017 Elmira and District Curling Club’s OJCT-sanctioned U18 Cash Bonspiel will take place the weekend of January 20-22, 2017. Registration for this bonspiel is now open.

Draw details, along with hotel information, can be found on at our event page. For further information, contact Glenn Paulley at gpaulley@acm.org or by phone at (519) 725-4921.

Entries

Entry fee for all rinks is $200. Entry forms, accompanied with payment, should be mailed to:

Glenn Paulley
194 Pine Grove Crescent
Waterloo, ON N2L 4V1

Payment in full is necessary to book your spot and guarantee your term’s entry.

If they wish, teams may post-date their cheques, payable to the Elmira and District Curling Club, up to October 1, 2016. In case of cancellation, entry fees will be refunded up to December 15, 2016. Entry fees will be forfeited in the case of cancellation after that date.

We anticipate a total cash prize pool in the neighbourhood of $2200.00. Teams that qualify for the playoffs will, at a minimum, be refunded their entry fee.

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2015-2016 Award Winners Announced

At a very successful year-end Shindig at Elmira on April 16 we presented achievement awards to those young athletes who distinguished themselves over this past curling season.

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This year’s award nominees and the winners are as follows.

The Ken Watson Sportsmanship Award, presented to the player in each age category that exhibits the highest levels of sportsmanship both on and off the ice.

  • Little Rock nominees: Parker Malloy, Brendan Hickey, and Leia Wrigglesworth. Winner: Parker Malloy.
  • Bantam nominees: Thomas Kraemer, Adrianna Molenaar, Alison Poluck, Larissa Musselman, and Kyle Henry. Winner: Larissa Musselman.

The Sandra Schmirler Rookie of the Year Award, presented to the Little Rock and Bantam/Junior player who exhibit the best mastery of the skills of curling in their first year in their specific program.

  • Little Rock nominees: Emma Penston, Mackenna Riel, Parker Malloy, and Lauren Penston. Winner: Mackenna Riel.
  • Bantam nominees: Blake Roemer, Larissa Musselman, Luke Sinclair, Quinn Caplice, and Riley Domaratzki. Winner: Blake Roemer.

The Vera Pezer Most Improved Player award, awarded to the player who in the view of the coaching staff improved their curling skills the most during the past season.

  • Little Rock nominees: Valorie Martin, Brody Runstedler, and Leia Wrigglesworth. Winner: Leia Wrigglesworth.
  • Bantam nominees: Alison Poluck, Sam Domaratzki, Tony Domzella, Kyle Henry, and Riley Domaratzki. Winner: Tony Domzella.

The Russ Howard Most Valuable Player Award, given to the player of each age group who, in the opinion of the coaching staff, is the most valuable to their team or to bonspiel teams that are formed during the season.

  • Little Rock nominees: Valorie Martin and Cameron Johnson. Winner: Cameron Johnson.
  • Bantam nominees: Emma McKenzie, Veronica Bernard, Sam Domaratzki, and Andrew Paulley. Winner: Sam Domaratzki.

Our congratulations to all of the winners, and the nominees, on an outstanding season of curling and we look forward to next season – the ice will be back in for October 1!

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Awards and Shindig set for April 16

April 16th is the last event of our 2015-2016 season, the K-W Granite’s Monkey bonspiel. Following the Monkey bonspiel on Saturday, April 16, we will be holding our annual Awards potluck dinner and Shindig (with a cash bar) beginning at 6:30 pm. Please bring a dish of your choice (salad, main, vegetables, dessert) to share with other families. I understand that Swedish meatballs are a FAVORITE. Following dinner will be our awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of our youth curlers during this past season.

And there were many achievements this year, particularly with our bantam players, as Elmira bantams contributed players to five different teams that qualified for Regional OCA playdowns this winter:

  • Team Molenaar (Anika Molenaar, Emma McKenzie, Kate Martin, Alison Poluck) qualified out of Zone 14 for OCA Bantam girls;
  • Team Bauman (with Emma McKenzie and Alison Poluck) qualified for regional play in OCA Region 4 Bantam mixed;
  • Team Domaratzki (Sam Domaratzki, Thomas Kraemer, Kyle Henry, Tony Domzella) qualified out of Zone 12 for OCA Bantam boys;
  • Veronica Bernard and her team, playing out of Richmond Hill, qualified out of Zone 7 for OCA Bantam girls;
  • Sam Domaratzki and Tony Domzella (with Aubrey Kropf and Lindsey Schmaltz) out of K-W Granite qualified for Region 3 Bantam mixed in Zone 12.

Congratulations to all of these players for their dedication, hard work and success this season.

2015-2016 Youth Award Nominees

Each year at Elmira we present awards to those young athletes who have distinguished themselves over the season. This year’s award nominees are as follows.

The Ken Watson Sportsmanship Award, presented to the player in each age category that exhibits the highest levels of sportsmanship both on and off the ice.

  • Little Rock nominees: Parker Malloy, Brendan Hickey, and Leia Wrigglesworth.
  • Bantam nominees: Thomas Kraemer, Adrianna Molenaar, Alison Poluck, Larissa Musselman, and Kyle Henry.

The Sandra Schmirler Rookie of the Year Award, presented to the Little Rock and Bantam/Junior player who exhibit the best mastery of the skills of curling in their first year in their specific program.

  • Little Rock nominees: Emma Penston, Mackenna Riel, Parker Malloy, and Lauren Penston.
  • Bantam nominees: Blake Roemer, Larissa Musselman, Luke Sinclair, Quinn Caplice, and Riley Domaratzki.

The Vera Pezer Most Improved Player award, awarded to the player who in the view of the coaching staff improved their curling skills the most during the past season.

  • Little Rock nominees: Valorie Martin, Brody Runstedler, and Leia Wrigglesworth.
  • Bantam nominees: Alison Poluck, Sam Domaratzki, Tony Domzella, Kyle Henry, and Riley Domaratzki.

The Russ Howard Most Valuable Player Award, given to the player of each age group who, in the opinion of the coaching staff, is the most valuable to their team or to bonspiel teams that are formed during the season.

  • Little Rock nominees: Valorie Martin and Cameron Johnson.
  • Bantam nominees: Emma McKenzie, Veronica Bernard, Sam Domaratzki, and Andrew Paulley.

Congratulations to all of the nominees! Winners will be announced following the potluck dinner on April 16. Each of the award winners will have their name engraved on our Junior Curling Awards plaque that hangs in the downstairs hallway adjacent to the main bulletin boards.

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2016 Elmira Trillium Scholarships awarded

On Sunday, January 17 we formally presented Elmira’s inaugural Trillium Camp Scholarships to the two winning entrants. Our two bantam recipients, Alison Poluck and Veronica Bernard, will be attending this summer’s Trillium Curling Camp at Kitchener-Waterloo in August. Applications for the scholarships were adjudicated by Sheila Smith-Jones, Pat Johnson, and Dianne Crossley, all long-time members of Elmira who have each had their own children attend Trillium camps. Pat and Dianne also serve on Elmira’s Board of Directors.

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Alison Poluck of Mount Forest plays lead for Team Anika Molenaar; all of Alison’s teammates, who also include Kate Martin and Emma McKenzie, are part of the Elmira junior program. This year for the OCA Bantam Girls competition the girls are playing out of the Mount Forest Curling Club, Alison’s home club where Alison devotes considerable volunteer hours. The above photograph shows Alison receiving her certificate from Dianne Crossley.

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Veronica Bernard of Elmira skips her rink of Claire Randell, Morgan Blair, and Laura Blachier out of the Richmond Hill Curling Club in Richmond Hill. Veronica has been a part of the Junior program at Elmira from a very young age. The photograph above shows Veronica posing with her certificate alongside Dianne Crossley and Shelia Smith-Jones.

Both Team Bernard and Team Molenaar advanced to Region 2 and Region 4 playdowns respectively, which are being held this weekend. Congratulations to both recipients and good luck to their teams this weekend.

Elmira hosts OJCT bantam cash spiel

This past weekend, from November 20-22, Elmira hosted our third annual bantam cash spiel with 16 rinks participating from across southern Ontario with $2600 in prize money available to qualifying teams.

On the girls’ side, Pool A came down to the cumulative draw-to-the-button scores as Teams Anika Molenaar of Elmira, Alyson Duguid of Oakville, and Julia Heittola of Coldwater and District all posted equal 2-1 records at the conclusion of round-robin play. Molenaar and Heittola and their rinks, however, enjoyed the best cumulative draw scores and so these two teams qualified out of Pool A for games on Sunday. In Pool B, Team Mackenzie Kiemele of Niagara Falls (3-0) and Team Rachel Steele (2-1) of Uxbridge advanced to the playoff round.

In the boys draw in Pool A, Daniel Del Conte and his rink from Hamilton Victoria, and Owen Purdy of Niagara Falls, both finished with 2-1 records but Del Conte finished as the top seed with his head-to-head win over Purdy in the round-robin. In Pool B, another 3-way tie at 2-1 resulted with Alden Shin-Culhane of Richmond Hill lost his final round-robin game to Ryan Fayaz of Thornhill on last rock, creating a 3-way tie between those two teams and with Chris Inglis and his rink from St. Georges Golf and Country Club in Toronto. Unfortunately for Team Inglis, their shootout scores were lower than the other two teams and so Fayaz and Shin-Culhane and their respective rinks qualified for the playoff round on Sunday morning.

In the cross-over semi-finals, on the girls’ side Mackenzie Kiemele played their friends from Elmira, Team Molenaar, and emerged with a somewhat lopsided 7-2 win and into the girls’ final. In the other cross-over semi, Steele from Uxbridge defeated Heittola from Coldwater in a very close game, a 6-5 win that placed Rachel and her rink into the final, in their team’s second-ever event.

In the boys’ draw, the first semi-final saw Shin-Culhane defeat Owen Purdy of Niagara Falls by a 6-4 score, while Del Conte from Hamilton Victoria defeated Fayaz 8-5.

In the girls’ final, Mackenzie Kiemele and her rink came out firing on all cylinders and led 4-2 after 5 ends, whereupon the Niagara Falls foursome stole an additional two points in the sixth and cruised the rest of the way. The girls’ consolation final featured Heittola against Elmira’s Molenaar, which featured a close game, 3-3 after 4 ends, until Anika Molenaar made a pistol angle runback in the fifth end with hammer for 5, taking an 8-3 lead into six and complete control.

So to recap, the girls’ winners were Team Mackenzie Kiemele of Niagara Falls, undefeated through the event at 5-0. Team Kiemele features Mackenzie at skip, Katie Ford at third, Cassie Barnard at second, and Megan Ford at lead.

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Runners-up were Team Rachel Steele of Uxbridge, with Megan Daffern at third, Samantha Maki at second, and Lauren Hart at lead.

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In the boys’ finals, Team Del Conte pounced on Team Shin-Culhane with a steal of 4 in the first end, followed by steals of one in ends two and three, to take a 6-0 lead into the fourth end of play. Shin-Culhane tried to make a game of it but could only trade single points in subsequent ends, so the end result was a 7-2 win for Del Conte in six ends. In the consolation final, Ryan Fayaz started with a steal of 5 in the first end and hung on the rest of the way to defeat Owen Purdy 6-4, running Team Purdy out of stones in 8.

To recap, the boys’ champions are Team Del Conte of Hamilton Victoria, with Daniel at skip, Nykolas Moore at third, Vincent Barbon at second, and Samuel Guilbeault at lead.

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Runners-up Team Shin-Culhane of Richmond Hill has Alden Shin-Culhane at skip, Ethan Chisamore-Johnston at third, Charlie Randell at second, and Michael Daffern at lead.

Team Shin-Culhane with cheque

I would like to pass on my thanks to all of the Elmira volunteers who helped me with this event; Wes Johnson and the OJCT for their help and support, particularly with live scoring; Ryan Marshall and Allan Dickson of Elmira for getting the new cameras up and working on the Friday; Rob Shaw, our resident ice-maker; and all of the parents.

I would also like to again thank our sponsors: Adventure Guide in Waterloo, Frey Building Contractors in Hawkesville, Programmed Insurance Brokers of Elmira, Century Group Financial in Waterloo, Martin Mills of Elmira, Rudow CARSTAR Autobody in Elmira, and the Elmira Kiwanis Club. This event, and our junior curling program, could not be run without their support.

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Bantam Interclub season starts at Elmira on Saturday, November 7

Our 2015-2016 junior curling season is underway! Our first junior practice was Sunday afternoon and we welcome a significant number of new members to our Little Rock and bantam/junior programs.

This year we will again participate in Bantam Interclub, a loose association of area clubs (Palmerston, Elora, Elmira, Acton, Orangeville, Fergus, Listowel, Guelph) that provide a day of curling for bantam-aged players at our various clubs. There is no cost to playing in Interclub. Teams are categorized into two groups:

  • “A” teams, typically somewhat older bantam-aged teams that have some competitive experience. “A” teams play two 8-end games with 2 time-outs each, as in a regular OCA event.
  • “B” teams are usually younger, more inexperienced players. “B” teams play two 6-end games with (virtually) unlimited timeouts as a learning experience with their coach.

All teams may be “open” (any mixture of boys and girls).

Our Interclub schedule thus far is as follows:

  • Saturday, November 7 in Elmira
  • Saturday, December 5 in Orangeville
  • Saturday, January 9 in Acton
  • Saturday, March 19 in Elora

though we are hoping for at least one more date at some point after the Christmas break.

Youth in the Elmira junior program should contact me (Glenn Paulley) as soon as possible if you are interested in participating in Interclub on November 7.

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Draw finalized for 2015 Elmira OJCT cash spiel

Teams and pools for the boys’ and girls’ draws have been finalized for the 2015 Elmira OJCT bantam cash spiel that takes place at the Elmira and District Curling Club the weekend of November 20-22, 2015. We anticipate a total prize pool in the neighbourhood of $2200.00.

There will be a mandatory coach and player meeting 15 minutes prior to the start of your first game in the upstairs lounge at the curling club. The meeting will go over rules, expectations and any questions you may have about the bonspiel. A detailed information package will be sent out to all teams in early September.

This bonspiel is an OJCT sanctioned event and game outcomes will be reported to the OJCT for inclusion in points totals for the participating teams.

We plan to offer live scoring of this event through the OJCT website.

Bantam Girls’ Draw
Girls A Pool – First game Friday, 20 November at 6:30pm
Team # Skip Club
GA1 Stephanie Schmitt Ilderton
GA2 Anika Molenaar Elmira and District
GA3 Alyson Duguid Oakville
GA4 Julia Heittola Coldwater and District
Girls B Pool – First game Friday, 20 November at 8:30pm
Team # Skip Club
GB5 Evelyn Robert High Park
GB6 Veronica Bernard Richmond Hill
GB7 Rachel Steele Uxbridge
GB8 Mackenzie Kiemele Niagara Falls
Bantam Boys’ Draw
Boys A Pool – First game Friday, 20 November at 6:30pm
Team # Skip Club
BA1 Owen Purdy Niagara Falls
BA2 Andrew Bauman Listowel
BA3 Daniel Del Conte Hamilton Victoria
BA4 Alexander Flannery Oakville
Boys B Pool – First game Friday, 20 November at 8:30pm
Team # Skip Club
BB5 Alden Shin-Culhane Richmond Hill
BB6 Eric Fenech High Park
BB7 Chris Inglis St. George’s Golf and Country Club
BB8 Ryan Fayaz Thornhill Golf and Country Club

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