Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Team Canada skip, John Morris

The CCA announced today that John Morris will take over as skip of Team Canada. Read the media release here

Ian MacAulay new ice tech at Ottawa

Ottawa Curling Club has signed on Ian MacAulay to be their ice technician next season. See the story on their website.

Nichols to rejoin Gushues's Team

Mark Nichols will be playing third for Brad Gushue next season. Read the full story here.

Martin Announces Retirement

Read the story about Kevin Martin's retirement from curling, and his next career as a broadcast analyst with Sportsnet here.

More on Kevin Martin

Bob Weeks write about Kevin Martin's legacy here.

More about the OCA

Bob Weeks has more to say about Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa getting involved in the OCA issues. Read his latest column here.

Business of Curling Workshop at Queens

The CCA and OCA are jointly holding a Business of Curling Workshop at Queens University in Kingston May 9-10. Deadline for registration is April 21.

More Team Changes

To keep up with the team changes coming up, see Bob Weeks' column and Mike McEwen's blog.

Joe Pavia's Column

In his last column of the season, Joe Pavia interviews Chris Gardner. Read the full story in the Ottawa Sun.

Rachel Homan on CTV Morning Live

Rachel is on the cover of the April issue of Faces Ottawa and was interviewd on CTV Morning Live. See the video clip here.

Richard Hart to rejoin Howard

Glenn Howard's team will be adding Richard Hart at third and Jon Mead at second. Craig Savill remains lead. Read the full story here.

Go Ravens

There is a story in the Ravens Carleton University News about Jamie Sinclair's team's win in Regina. Read the story here

US Olympic Committee

Bob Weeks has written a story about how the US Curling Association is under fire because of poor performance of their curlers at the Olympics. Read the story here.

Senior Cash League

Layne Noble, with Bob Boland, Dave Stanley and Rick Bachand won the second half of the Ottawa & District Senior Cash League. Anyone interested in joining this league next season should contact Rod Matheson at 613-238-7056.

My Girls: Reflections of a curling dad

This is a great story posted on the CCA website about Doug Kreviazuk and his three curling daughters.

Team Ontario Optimist Youtube

Check out this video on youtube by Team Ontario

Timbits Elementary School Championship

Pictured above are the Tim Hortons Timbits Elementary School Championships bronze medal winners from The Stewart School in Perth. L-R  Brooklyn Dobbie - 2nd, Alexis Jarvis - lead, Beth Misener - third, Chelsea Ferrier - skip

Team Canada Change

Skip Kevin Koe announced Tuesday that he will be leaving the team to form a new lineup with Marc Kennedy, Brent Laing and Ben Hebert. Pat Simmons, Carter Rycroft and Nolan Thiessen will bring in a new skip to play as Team Canada at the 2015 Brier.

Canada is Number One

For the first time ever, one country’s curling program sits on top of the World Curling Federation’s rankings in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair disciplines.
Read the media release here

What's on This Weekend

  • City View is holding a fundraising Garage Sale and BBQ on Saturday from 9am-1pm.

  • The Gordie Perry Bonspiel starts Saturday at 1 pm at the Ottawa Curling Club. The draw is now posted.

  • The OCA's special general meeting is Sunday at Mississauga Golf & Country Club at 1 pm. The agenda is here.

World Seniors, Mixed Doubles

The World Mixed Doubles and World Seniors start Thursday in Dumfries Scotland. Representing Canada in the Mixed Doubles are Wayne and Kim Tuck of ON, and in the Seniors Colleen Pinkney of NS and Wayne Tallon of NB.

Players Championships

Jennifer Jones and Kevin Martin won the Players Championship, the final WCT event of the season. 

Little Rockers Thankyou Video

The Granite Little Rockers had a unique way to thank Andrea and Paul Weedmark for their years of volunteering. See the video on the Granite website.

Mixed & Senior Mixed Provincials

It was a full sweep at the John Shea Insurance Mixed Provincials and OCA Senior Mixed  in Richmond Hill. Rideau's Paul Madden, Natalie Boucher, Norm Hewitt and Carole Fujimoto won the Senior Mixed. Ottawa's Chris Gardner, with Trish Hill, Jonathan Beuk and Jessica Barcauskas won the Mixed. Standings and linescores are on the OCA website.

Colts League Final

The OVCA Colts League Tournament of Champions was held on March 29 at Huntley. Its first official season was a resounding success and saw a multitude of Novice curling teams from the Ottawa Valley and beyond compete in four regular season events with the top six playing in the Tournament of Champions. Huntley's Team Robb is pictured below receiving the Peter Smith trophy, for finishing 1st during regular season play and the Carter Cup for winning the Tournament of Champions. (L-R Peter Smith, OVCA, Mark St-John, Mike Robb (skip), Blake Sinclair, Jeff Tindall

Local Meeting on OCA

An information meeting was held at Rideau Curling Club on Monday night, arranged by the OVCA. A summary of the discussion is now posted on the OVCA website. The next meeting, arranged by former OCA Vice President Dale Curtis, is in Toronto on April 27 at 1 pm. The content of Dale's email is here. The OVCA is arranging carpooling to this meeting. Those interested in attending should contact Elaine Brimicombe.

OCA Bantam & Junior Mixed

Pictured above are L-R Jessica Armstrong Matthew Haughn, Laurent Horton and Ryan McCrady. They won the OCA Junior Mixed at London this past weekend. Emma Wallingford of Carleton Heights finished at 2-5. In the Bantam Mixed, Jeff Wanless of Annandale was the winner. Eric Shantz of Manotick finished at 4-3 and Derek Bowden of Almonte 1-6. Standings and linescores are on the OCA website.

Craig Savill donation to Manotick

Former World Champion Craig Savill donated $11,220.00, proceeds from the Men of Curling Calendar, to Manotick Curling Centre on Sunday during their end-of-season Youth Program. Read the press release here.