Junior update – December 2017

Our Junior Curling season is well underway at Elmira, with thirteen Little Rockers and twenty U15, U18 and U19 athletes. Our next practice will be Sunday, January 7 after the Christmas break.

Our Little Rockers have been practicing hard since the end of October. On Saturday, December 16, Mackenna Riel, Emma and Lauren Penston, and Hannah Wilk participated in their first bonspiel of the season in Milton and earned a third-place finish. Congratulations girls! We have a number of Little Rock events coming up after the New Year, with exhibition games planned with Little Rockers from the Ayr Curling Club and Acton Curling Clubs, and the Westmount Rob Shepherd bonspiel in early March.

For the older athletes, our first Interclub of the season was held at the Kitchener-Waterloo Granite Club on November 25, and three more Interclub days are planned this season with our next Interclub event scheduled for Saturday, January 13 in Elora.

Two long-time Elmira Juniors, and their competitive teams, are enjoying significant success this season. Elmira’s Veronica Bernard, who skips her U18 competitive team consisting of third Claire Randell, second Sarah Wallace, lead Kyrsten Elson, and coach Marc Bernard, recently won the Stu Sells U18 Tankard Championship at Toronto’s Weston Golf and Country Club, one of the major events on the Ontario U18 OJCT Curling Tour. With Veronica’s other successful events this season, Team Bernard is now ranked #1 on the Ontario Junior Curling Tour for U18 teams. Team Bernard will represent Elmira in U18 OCA playdowns in March. In addition, Veronica is also playing third for Team Rachel Steele, who recently earned a berth to the Ontario Winter Games U17 competition. We wish her and her team every success through the season. Below is Team Bernard accepting their championship trophies for the Stu Sells U18 Tankard from event sponsor Stu Sankey.


The other Elmira junior enjoying good success this season is Emma McKenzie. Emma, who plays third for Mackenzie Kiemele’s rink out of the Toronto Cricket club, has twice finished runner-up at major U21 events this season, including the U21 Stu Sells Junior Tankard in September. In addition, Emma and Mackenzie, along with teammates Audrey Wallbank and Jessica Filipcic, with coach Glenn Paulley, earned a berth to the Ontario U21 Women’s Provincial Championship after winning the A-side final in the U21 Challenge Round held in St. Catharines on November 25. The U21 Junior Provincial Championships will be held at the Annandale Golf and Country in Ajax from December 27- 30, with the winning rink going on to the New Holland Junior Nationals in Shawinigan, PQ in January.


Draw finalized for 2018 Elmira OJCT cash spiel

After a late cancellation, the teams and pools for the mens’ and women’ draws have been finalized for the 5th annual 2018 Elmira OJCT U18 cash spiel that takes place at the Elmira and District Curling Club the weekend of February 2-4, 2018. 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 January.

Parents and spectators are welcome to the club! We will offer full bar and beverage service on the Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Saturday evening draws. We regret, however, that Elmira is not currently wheelchair-accessible.

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. The WCF broom moratorium is in effect for this event and the use of WCF-approved brush heads is mandatory for all players.

We plan to offer live scoring of this event through CurlingZone.

U18 Women’s Draw
Women’s A Pool – First game Friday, 2 February 2018 at 6:30pm
Team # Skip Club
GA1 Sarah Madden Guelph
GA2 Alison Poluck Galt Country
GA3 Tori Zemmelink Palmerston
GA4 Erin Ensing Elora
Women’s B Pool – First game Friday, 2 February 2018 at 8:30pm
Team # Skip Club
GB5 Jacklyn Fraser Markdale
GB6 Veronica Bernard Elmira
GB7 Madeleine Mungal Thornhill Country Club
GB8 Hannah Don Oshawa
U18 Men’s Draw
Men’s A Pool – First game Friday, 2 February 2018 at 6:30pm
Team # Skip Club
BA1 Daniel Del Conte Hamilton Victoria
BA2 Matthew Prenevost Milton
BA3 Eric Van de Lande Elmira
BA4 Sam Langworth Oshawa
Men’s B Pool – First game Friday, 2 February 2018 at 8:30pm
Team # Skip Club
BB5 Connor Massey Bayview Golf and Country
BB6 Alex Flannery Oakville
BB7 Peter Naus East York
BB8 Nolan Ballantyne Bluewater


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Entries now accepted for U15 coachable bonspiel and clinic

This year, the annual Elmira Junior Bonspiel will take place on Saturday, October 28, 2017. As we did last year, this will be a coachable U15 bonspiel that will feature a single draw of two games. Between the games, both the players and coaches will be served lunch followed by a 2-hour clinic with certified mentor coaches covering topics such as brushing and setup, and in addition will feature two off-ice sessions on nutrition and mental skills training. Games will be scored using a new U15 development system under review by the Ontario Curling Council, and coaches will be permitted within the arena during games. There will be no prizes at this event.

Additional information and detailed descriptions of the game format will be provided to registered teams once the draw is complete.

Teams must be accompanied by a coach, as the clinic is as much for the coaches as it is for the players. Coaches should come prepared to spend the day in the arena, should be dressed in appropriate curling attire and must be wearing curling shoes. There will be no exceptions to this rule. With their attendance, coaches will earn 2 (two) Professional Development points for use in their NCCP certification. When registering, coaches should supply their NCCP number so their attendance can be verified with the OCC office.

Entry fee for rinks is $160. Rinks must satisfy the OCA rules for U15 eligibility and may consist of any combination of boys and girls. Team registration is online ONLY on the Elmira and District Curling Club website.

Refunds will be offered up to 1 October; teams that withdraw after that date will forfeit their entry fee.

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Junior curling at Elmira begins Sunday, October 22

Junior curling resumes at Elmira on Sunday, 22 October 2017. On October 22 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, KW Granite, Westmount, and Alliston curling clubs.

At Elmira we plan to host two youth events: our annual OJCT U18 cash bonspiel on February 2-4, and a coachable U15 bonspiel on Saturday, October 28. The men’s draw of our OJCT bonspiel has been full since mid-June and the women’s draw has only one spot remaining. As our U18 cash spiel is one of the last events prior to U18 qualifiers, it remains a very popular event on the OJCT curling tour. Registration forms for our U15 event will be available shortly.


Once again 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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5th annual 2018 Elmira U18 Cash Spiel

The 5th annual 2017-2018 Elmira and District Curling Club’s U18 Cash Bonspiel will take place the weekend of February 2-4, 2018. Registration for this bonspiel is now open.

This competition is an OJCT-sanctioned event and Ontario Junior Curling Tour points will be awarded to competing teams. Live scoring will be provided by the OJCT using CurlingZone.com. Draw details, and hotel information, can be found on our Events page. For further information, contact Glenn Paulley at gpaulley@acm.org or by phone at (519) 725-4921.


This event will host eight U18 men’s and eight women’s teams organized into four pools of four teams each. The entry fee for all rinks is $225. Team registration is online ONLY on the Elmira and District Curling Club website. After registering, please contact Glenn Paulley via email so that your registration can be confirmed and to determine if your draw preference can be met. All teams will play one game on Friday evening, February 2 with draw times at 6:30 and 8:30pm.

Payment in full is necessary to book your spot and guarantee your term’s entry. In case of cancellation, entry fees will be refunded up to December 15, 2017. Teams that withdraw after 15 December will forfeit their entry fee. Teams that wish to pay by cheque can post-date their cheque to 15 December 2017, and can be mailed to:

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

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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Elmira curlers earn silver at Westmount


On Saturday, March 4, Team Wrigglesworth of Elmira earned a silver medal for a second-place finish at the annual Rob Shepherd Little Rock bonspiel at Kitchener’s Westmount Golf and Country Club. We congratulate Leia Wrigglesworth, Valorie Martin, Cameron Johnson, and Hannah Wilk, playing in her first bonspiel, for earning second place honours and just behind the winning team from the Westmount club.

Our final Little Rock bonspiel of the year is the annual Monkey Bonspiel at the K-W Granite Club on April 8.


Elmira Junior U15 bonspiel summary


On Saturday, February 4, Elmira hosted our annual Elmira Junior Bonspiel. This year, for the first time, we transformed the bonspiel into a U15 event to provide an opportunity for younger teams to get in some games, and some instruction, before the inaugural OCA U15 qualifiers take place February 11-12. In addition to two games, these young athletes and their coaches participated in a 2.5 hour clinic, where they were introduced to nutrition, brushing technique, strategy, and delivery setup fundamentals. Assisting with the instruction were Marc Bernard, coach of the varsity women at Wilfrid Laurier; Byron Scott, head coach at the University of Guelph; Amy Ballantyne, a nutrition consultant from Waterloo; Alison Poluck, who throws second stones for Elmira-based Team Emma McKenzie; and Jason Rice, a Learning Facilitator with the OCA and the former women’s coach at both Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier.

Congratulations to winners Team Prenevost from Oakville, with runners-up Team Fraser and third place finishers Team Henry from Elmira.

Many thanks to our ice technician Rob Shaw, along with the many volunteers who put on the lunch for all the athletes and their coaches. My appreciation to Marc who, along with myself, acted as a mentor coach to teams during the entire day.


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2017 Elmira OJCT U18 bonspiel summary


This past weekend, from January 20-22, Elmira hosted our fourth annual U18 OJCT cash spiel with 16 rinks participating from across southern Ontario to compete for OJCT tour points and for $2600 in prize money available to qualifying teams.

On the womens’ side, Pool A came down to the cumulative draw-to-the-button scores as Teams Emma McKenzie of Elmira, Maddy Warriner of Oakville, and Rachel Snelgrove of Whitby all posted equivalent 2-1 records at the conclusion of round-robin play. McKenzie and Snelgrove enjoyed the best cumulative draw scores and so these two teams qualified out of Pool A for playoff games on Sunday. In Pool B, Team Veronica Bernard of Richmond Hill were undefeated at 3-0, followed by Julia Heitolla of Coldwater and District at 2-1 qualified for playoffs.

In the men’s draw in Pool A, Daniel Del Conte and his rink from Hamilton Victoria finished round-robin play at 3-0, followed by Sam Domaratzki of Elmira at 2-1. In Pool B, Owen Purdy of Niagara Falls finished undefeated at 3-0 followed by Evan Running of Coldwater at 2-1.

In the cross-over semi-finals, on the women’s side Emma Mackenzie and her Elmira rink were forced to play with three players due to an injury and came up short against Veronica Bernard’s rink out of Richmond Hill, who cruised to an 8-2 win. Julia Heittola edged Rachel Snelgrove in the other semi-final which featured some great shotmaking in the 8th end, with Rachel making an angle-slash takeout with her last stone in 8 to sit one with the score tied, but Heittola using her excellent feel for draw weight and drawing to bite the button for the winning point with hammer.

On the men’s side, Sam Domaratzki upset Owen Purdy 5-4, stealing the win with a single point in 8, while Del Conte edged Evan Running 4-3, taking two with hammer in the eighth end.

In the finals, Veronica Bernard took the championship final 7-2 over Julia Heittola, another undefeated tournament for Veronica and her team and their third OJCT tour win of the season, and they collected the winner’s cheque for $500. The consolation final saw Rachel Snelgrove steal 2 in 7 for a 6-3 lead and ran Emma McKenzie out of stones in the final end. On the men’s side, Sam Domaratzki and his Elmira foursome stole 2 in 8 for an upset win over Daniel Del Conte of Hamilton Victoria who was just heavy with his final draw with hammer. That win was the Domaratzki foursome’s first tour event victory. In the consolation final, Owen Purdy defeated Evan Running 6-4 in an entertaining game that was tied 4-4 after 7.

The weekend saw some outstanding play and some great team performances by some teams who will be ones to watch in the coming years. My personal thanks to ice technician Rob Shaw, Perry Marshall of the OJCT for setting up live scoring on CurlingZone, our Elmira volunteers who helped run the draw and the kitchen during the event, Carol McKenzie for her help with lunch on the Sunday, and all of the players and coaches. In addition I would like to thank our event sponsors without whose support our event would not be possible:

  • Adventure Guide, Waterloo
  • Frey Building Contractors, Hawkesville
  • Century Group Financial, Kitchener
  • Rudow’s Carstar Autobody, Elmira
  • Martin’s Mills, Elmira
  • Kiwanis Club of Elmira

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Entries now accepted for Elmira U15 bonspiel

Elmira’s annual 2015 Junior Bonspiel is scheduled for Saturday, 4 February 2017, with registration at 9:00am and the first game at 9:30am.

A significant change from previous years is that this event will have a single draw of eight U15 rinks (OPEN format, any mix of boys and girls) and we will be running an instructional clinic in-between the two games. Cost of the bonspiel and clinic is $140.00 including lunch for both teams and their coaches.

Coaches that are confirmed for the clinic include:

  • Glenn Paulley, high performance coach with the Ontario Curling Council
  • Byron Scott, head coach of the University of Guelph Gryphons
  • Marc Bernard, coach of the varsity women at Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Jason Rice, OCA Learning Facilitator and former coach of the defending OUA varsity women’s champions from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Registration is online ONLY at the Elmira and District Curling Club website.

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Westmount Golf & Country Club rounds out 2016-2017 U15/U18 Interclub schedule

Our 2016-2017 U15/U18 Interclub schedule is now set for the season with six dates in total. My sincere thanks to Taylor Weber at Kitchener’s Westmount Golf and Country Club for offering to host in February. The arranged dates are:

  • Elmira and District will host on Saturday, October 29.
  • 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.
  • Westmount Golf and Country Club (Taylor Weber) will host on February 18.
  • Elora (Scott Lindhorst) will host on March 11.

My thanks to Lee, Scott, Wanda, Taylor and Martin for offering your respective clubs! “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 (K-W Granite), Kitchener (Westmount), Milton, Acton, Fergus, Orangeville, Shelburne and Alliston.

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