Updated Saturday, October 25, 2014

Newsletters

The OVCA has posted their October newsletter here, and the OCA has one here.

Update on the Challenge

Ottawa's Don Bowser, playing out of Kingston, and Winnipeg's Mike McEwen are the first qualifiers in the Challenge Château Cartier de Gatineau. The draw is here and list of teams here.

Elsewhere this weekend

In the Ontario Curling Tour, Ottawa's Jason Camm and Mark Homan are playing in the Huron ReproGraphics Oil Heritage Classic in Sarnia, starting Friday. Teams

Joe Pavia's Column in the Ottawa Sun

Check out Joe Pavia's first curling column of the season in Wednesday's Ottawa Sun.

Floorcurl Rentals

Check out the Hogline Curlers Proshop to rent a FLOORCURL unit. Details are here.

Masters of Curling Broadcast Schedule on Sportsnet

Thursday, October 30
1:30 pm, 5 pm and 8:30 pm*
Friday, October 31
1:30 pm, 5 pm* and 8:30 pm*
Saturday November 1
Women's quarter final 1 pm
Men's quarter final 4:30 pm*
Men's and women's semi final 10 pm/7 pm
Sunday November 2
Women's final 11 am\Men's final 3 pm
*Sportsnet ONE

Send-off for Alison

Pictured below is Alison Kreviazuk with Fredrik Lindberg at the send-off for Alison. They leave for Sweden at the end of the month. Fredrik will be back in Canada for the Men's Worlds in Halifax as coach for team Niklas Edin.

Results from last Weekend

At the Canad Inns Men Classic in Portage La Prairie, Mike McEwen defeated Kevin Koe 6-4 in the final on Monday playoff
The Stroud Sleeman Cash Spiel men's final featured Ottawa's Colin Dow who defeated London's Scott McDonald 5-4. playoff In the women's final, Julie Hastings defeated Sherry Middaugh 7-5 playoff
The Medicine Hat Charity Classic Women's winner was Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge. Men's winner Sean O'Connor of Calgary.
Women's playoff | men's playoff

Streaming Guide

For games streamed online, check out the curlingzone list here.

Learn to Curl Leagues

Some rookie leagues within the City of Ottawa are full, but there are still spaces at the RCMP and Rideau on Friday evenings. Contact Paul Adams 613-749-7086 at RCMP and Pierre Mondor at 613-232-9665 at Rideau. The Granite has openings on Monday morning at 9am for their learn to curl program and Sunday night at 7 pm. Contact Denise Hoekstra at 613-722-1843. Carleton Heights has openings in their Tuesday afternoon Instructional Program. Contact Don Richardson 613-224-6224

Ottawa Valley Goodwill Tour

A mixed group of curlers from Ottawa and the valley are on a tour to Scotland later this month. They have started a blog here.

RCMP has Openings

Paul Adam reports that RCMP Curling Club is looking for teams and individuals for all leagues - Men’s, Ladies, Mixed, Senior Men’s, Day Ladies. Contact Paul Adams at 613-749-7086.

Instructors Needed at Hunt Club

The Hunt Club has over 70 people in their learn-to-curl program this season and need a few extra instructors. Previous experience is not needed, and there is an honorarium. Read the details here. Contact Bill Duck at 613-736-1355.

Ontario Junior Curling Tour

Huntley OJCT spiel November 8-9 is looking for a couple more Junior or Bantam Girl's teams. The entry form is here. Contact Jill Rivington for more information.

Curling in Chicago RV-style


Two RV's stayed parked at the Chicago Curling Club for four days! Five teams from Manotick & City View (Brady, Eng, Mainville, Shillington, and Webb) made their way down to the Windy City Open Bonspiel. They were welcomed and spoiled with amazing hospitality at Chicago and Exmoor Curling Clubs. Entry fee was $390 US per team (included meals, soft drinks and free beer). Brady won the third event, and Shillington the fourth. Thanks to Phil Mainville for sending along the photo and story.

The Travelers

The draws for region 1 have been posted for the Travelers Curling Club Championship Qualifiers October 24-26 in Gananoque and Carleton Place. The Provincial is in Cornwall Oct 31-Nov 2. Results and linescores will be posted on the OCA (CCA) website.
Zones 1 & 2 men  |  Zones 1 & 2 women
Zones 3 & 4 men  |  Zones 3 & 4 women

Curling for a Cause

The Hunt Club is hosting “Curling for a Cause” on Saturday November 1st - that will benefit the Carleton Ladies Canadian University Champions. who are off to Spain for the World Universiade in February. The flyer, registration form and sponsors information are on the bonspiel page. Deadline to submit your entry to curl is October 24.  The dinner is open to everyone, RSVP by October 28. Register here. Contact is Bill Duck 613-736-1355.

SuperSpiel Qualifier

Here are the six teams who qualified at Almonte this weekend to play in the JSI OVCA SuperSpiel October 31-November 2: Almonte's Lauren Horton, Rideau's Doug Kee,  Manotick's Hailey Armstrong, Ottawa's Colton Daly, Carleton Heights Emma Wallingford and Perth's Hayden Richmond. The draws are here.

Carleton University Women's Curling


Four Ottawa area women curlers won the right to represent Canada at the World Universiade games in Spain. They are pictured above: Jamie Sinclair, Lauren Horton, Lynn Kreviazuk and Jessica Armstrong. Because Jamie is unable to continue, Breanne Meakin is filling in. To help fund, click here or participate in the "Curling for a Cause" at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club on November 1st.

John Shea Inducted to Governor Generals Curling Club


Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club's John Shea was inducted into the Governor Generals Curling Club at their annual meeting on Saturday. Also inducted at that time was Victoria's Jack Bowman. Pictured above with John (centre) are Terry Begin and Ian MacDonald, president of the Governor General's Curling Club.

City View Compressor Failure

Rumour has it that RCMP is stepping up to host the Superspiel on Friday October 31, replacing City View whose ice won't available until after November 1. The SuperSpiel committee is still looking for a venue for Saturday morning.