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.
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.
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:
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:
Registration is online ONLY at the Elmira and District Curling Club website.
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:
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.
“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.
Six dates have now been set for this season’s U15/U18 Interclub schedule, with a date in February now set at Kitchener’s Westmount Golf and Country Club. The arranged dates are:
My thanks to Lee, Scott, Wanda, Taylor and Martin for offering your respective clubs!
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.
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.
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.
|GA1||Emma McKenzie||Elmira and District|
|GA2||Aubrey Kropf||K-W Granite|
|GB5||Veronica Bernard||Richmond Hill|
|GB6||Madison Fisher||Parry Sound|
|GB7||Julia Heittola||Coldwater and District|
|GB8||Evelyn Robert||High Park|
|BA1||Sam Domaratzki||Elmira and District|
|BA3||Daniel Del Conte||Hamilton Victoria|
|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|
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 email@example.com or by phone at (519) 725-4921.
Entry fee for all rinks is $200. Entry forms, accompanied with payment, should be mailed to:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!