We are pleased to announce that we are offering a new league!
The new Sunday Evening Open League is a recreational, team-based, open format league geared toward novice to intermediate curlers, new members, and current members who would like to play on an open format team. Sunday Open games will be played at 4:45pm every Sunday (with the odd bye week here and there) and teams will get 17-18 games (14-15 regular season games and 3 playoff games).
Sunday Open is considered a Social League and is billed at the Anytime Member rate. Entry into the league is on a priority basis:
- In 2020/2021, priority will be given to teams with 4 new club members, followed by teams with 3 new club members, and so on.
- In 2021/2022, priority will be given to teams that are returning to the league, followed by teams with new club members.
In keeping with the social aspect of the game, teams will be encouraged to participate in the traditional post-game reciprocal beverages and fun nights will be organized throughout the season (e.g Grey Cup, Christmas, Scotties/Brier, etc).
Registration priority will be given to full teams, however, individuals and couples will be welcome to register and will be matched with teammates in a suitable division based upon their experience.
The Oakville Senators Curling Season came to an abrupt end on Friday March 13 out of concerns for public safety due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 Epidemic.
The Annual Senators Curlers Closing Lunch Event planned for Friday April 17 was cancelled.
Leo Topolniski got the ball rolling when he made a recommendation to me by email for the Senators to make a donation to a needy cause from moneys not spent for the cancelled Closing Lunch.
The Oakville Senators Curlers will donate $5000 from the meat price money collected during the season set aside for the Closing Lunch Event to Food4Kids. The donation will be divided equality between Food4Kids Halton and Food4Kids Mississauga receiving $2500 each. We are proud to assist in the Food4Kids Mission: “To provide healthy food for children from at-risk, low-income or disadvantaged homes with limited or no food during weekend periods or during the summer months.”
Arrangements have been made for Gayle Kabbash of Food4Kids Halton and Nancy Guzzo Food4Kids Mississauga to receive their donation from our treasurer Ron Grey.
All the Best Tom Wienhold & Ron Grey
We hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy. The Oakville Curling Club is optimistic that our summer programming will go on as usual and we're looking forward to seeing you all on the ice very soon.
A quick reminder that the deadline for returning teams to guarantee their spot in Summer League 2020 is this Friday, May 15. We understand that there is some uncertainty over what the summer might hold and what curling might look like when we do finally get to get back on the ice, and we will refund your payment by no later than July 15th if we are unable to open or if we can only open at a reduced capacity.
The Board of Directors made the difficult decision to shut down the Club for the balance of the curling season due to concerns surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was not made lightly and the Board determined that the health of the members and staff had to be our top priority.
The club is closed until further notice, in accordance with the Government of Ontario’s declaration of a state of emergency. Club staff can be reached by email, but will not be available for in-person appointments. Members will be permitted back to the club to gather their belongings from their lockers when the state of emergency is lifted. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The Board will be meeting again next week to discuss a variety of issues that come as a result of the closure. We thank you for your patience while we navigate this difficult situation.
We wanted to provide you with an update regarding the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and the steps that we as a club will be taking, effective immediately. As you are probably aware, though the GTA and Canada have so far had a relatively low amount of cases, it is widely acknowledged that community transmission is likely over the coming weeks and months. For more information on COVID-19 and to keep up-to-date, please visit Halton Region's Coronavirus page by clicking here.
First, most importantly, if you are ill, or think you might be, please stay home and use a spare from the spare list. It is up to each member to assess whether or not they wish to curl or participate in other Club activities.
Further, there are certain safeguards that we can all take to protect ourselves, our fellow members, and our guests:
- Beginning immediately, we recommend that all curlers reduce and/or refrain from pre- and post-game handshakes. Fist bumps or elbow taps can be employed in place of handshakes.
- Wash your hands properly (for at least 20 seconds) and use hand sanitizer when hand washing is unavailable. Staff will make hand sanitizer available throughout the club while supplies last.
- Use the provided disinfectant wipes at the home end of your sheet to wipe down rock handles and other equipment between uses.
- Use the general practice of coughing/sneezing into a disposable tissue or your elbow/arm rather than your hands. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- Follow Health Canada guidance regarding preparedness, self-monitoring, self-isolation, travel notices, etc.
Staff will also be working to increase our daily cleaning routine in an effort to reduce the risk of transmission. We will aim to have disinfectant wipes distributed around the club to allow members to assist in keeping surfaces clean.
This is a dynamic situation and we are all monitoring its spread on a daily basis. It is important to remain flexible and diligent as we all attempt to best protect our health, our club, and our members.
We will be in touch with any updates or changes in the coming days and weeks.
Paul Eeles, President
Oakville Curling Club
The Jerry Sproat Senior Men’s Bonspiel was held on Wednesday March 4. We had a very successful turnout with a full complement of 32 teams. The teams enjoyed two games, a delicious lunch and lots of prizes.
We wish to acknowledge the generosity of our sponsor OAK-LAND Ford Lincoln. Their support allows us to put on the event and is a major help in covering costs for the day. We thank OAK-LAND and their representative, Dylan Istad, for their involvement with the bonspiel. OAK-LAND Ford Lincoln’s designated charity is Food4Kids an organization that works to ensure that children who don’t always have enough to eat have those needs met.
Food4Kids representative, Gayle Kabbash spoke to us and explained the origin and operation of the charity. An incredible food drive valued at $1,392 and $2,070 donated, making a grand total of $3,462 that was raised for Food4Kids Halton. They support 700 children in Halton region of which 183 children are from Oakville. A huge thanks goes to all involved in making this such a successful event.
On the ice some great curling took place. For the third year in a row, the winning team was skipped by Bob Edmondson. Don Moseley-Williams viced. Charley McFeeters played second and Doug Miller was the lead. We were happy to see Jerry Sproat and his brother Jim. Jerry was on hand to address the players with his usual witty remarks. Jerry also presented his namesake trophy to Bob Edmondson’s winning team.
Putting on a bonspiel involves many ‘to do’ items. Our committee was comprised of Fred Allo, Peter Campbell, Brian Sheridan, Leo Topolniski and Paul Stothers. We couldn’t do this without the great support of the curling club staff: Chris Wai and Casey Base. Whenever curlers from elsewhere play at our club, they rave about the ice conditions so a big thanks to Scott Foster and Kevin Mooney who, as always, do such a great job preparing the ice.
Submitted by: Paul Stothers
Team Fendley was first overall at the Bancroft TGIF Bonspiel held Friday, March 6.
Thank you to Lyn Turnbull for her hospitality over the weekend!
Skip: Janice Fendley
Vice: Sheelagh Rowland
Second: Nancy Sainthill
Lead: Julie Smith (Annandale CC)
Submitted by: Janice Fendley
The Oakville Curling Club, in partnership with the Town of Oakville and Visit Oakville, are proud to play host to the 2021 Continental Cup! The world's best curlers from Canada and Europe will battle it out at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex in four days of intense competition.
Read the full release below. Watch the full official announcement by clicking here. Stay tuned for ticket details and volunteer opportunities!
The Oakville Curling Club is aware of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and we are taking measures to protect our members, staff, volunteers and guests from infection.
The Club will be taking extra precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus, including providing additional sanitizer stations throughout the Club, providing disinfectant wipes in the rink, lounge and locker rooms, and extra cleaning of rink, lounge and washroom surfaces. We encourage members to avoid the traditional pre- and post-game handshakes in favour of elbow taps or fist bumps. If you are ill or think you may be ill, please stay home and utilize your league's spare list.
Furthermore, if you or someone you've been in contact with has recently been to a high-risk area (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html), please take the necessary self-isolation measures to limit the spread of the virus. If you develop symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
For more information about COVID-19 and how you can protect yourself and prevent the spread of the virus, please visit the Government of Canada's webpage on the virus at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
Congratulations to Team Gardiner for winning the Silver Streakers event at Mississauga Golf and Country Club on February 26.
Skip: Keith Gardiner
Vice: Don Donoahue
Second: Larry O'Brecht
Lead: Stu Gunn
Submitted by: Keith Gardiner
We are gearing up for our end of year Mixed Closing Fun Spiel and we want you to join us!
- Date: Saturday, April 18th, 2020
- Cost: $300 per team (plus HST) / Dinner only guest ($50 including HST)
- Curling: 2 draws, four 4-end games (points spiel)
- Team Format: Traditional Mixed (2 women & 2 men)
- Includes: 4 games, light breakfast, lunch, dnner, prizes & dance
- Theme: Wild Wild West
- Registration: Opens Thursday, February 27 and closes March 31st
The Board of Directors is currently seeking individuals for the following positions:
- Director - Wednesday Night Ladies
- Director - Men's Leagues
Congratulations to the OCC's Special Olympics team for their 4th place finish at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay! The team would like to send a big THANK YOU to the World Lefthanders Championship Committee and the OCC Senior Men's and Evening Men's Leagues for their support!
The Board of Directors is excited to share a new club branding initiative with you.
Below, you'll find images of the Club's current logo and new refreshed designs. The updated designs incorporate critical elements of OCC logos of the past (the oak leaf, the corn brooms, the rock, the 'crest' style and the colours), while introducing much crisper and clearer design elements (font, clean edges, etc) that will translate beautifully in both digital and physical (merchandise) applications. While considering new designs, it was also very important to pay tribute to the Club's long-standing history by including "EST 1954" in the design.
For now, the plan for the refreshed logo involves building a new Club merchandising program (stay tuned for more info on that!). In the future, if the membership feels that the refreshed design is the direction we want to go, the new logo could be transitioned into all of the Club's digital and physical assets.
Over the next few weeks, you'll be seeing some informal polls at the Club to ask you what your preferred designs are (current or new). If you have any questions or comments about the design process or if you have suggestions about the designs themselves, please contact Chris in the Club office or any member of the Board of Directors.
As of March 1, 2020, all vehicles parked on OCC property are required to have an OCC parking permit. Members who do not currently have a parking permit may request one at the club office or bar.
As of March 1, any vehicles parked on OCC property that do not have an OCC parking permit are subject to Town of Oakville parking enforcement tickets and towing.
For more information, please contact the club office.