Wolfville Curling Centre - 22 Elm Ave. Wolfville, NS B4P 1Z9 (902) 542-3819
2018,2019 in Review
The WCC has seen another curling season come to an end! And it has been a very busy and active season.
In January, the Berwick Curling Club warmly welcomed the WCC members to their fantastic new facility. Meeting and curling with new fellow curlers is indeed a curling perk! A great time was had by all.
Curling for the Cure, held in February, was again a successful fundraiser for Cancer. Over $10000 was raised for the fight against cancer. This event continues to be one that carries significant meaning for all of us.
The John Dorman Trophy was won by the WCC this year. This Bonspiel began 3 years ago by members from both the Windsor and Wolfville Clubs to remember the late John Dorman. Windsor hosted the last game followed by a very tasty lunch.
The Brier Lobster Bash, held March 8th, organized and hosted by Brian Boutilier and his many helpers, was a huge success. The top team not only had to curl well, but also had to earn extra points off the ice. The picture tells the tale.
On March 27th , three new members were inducted into the Super Seniors Club. These newest inductees prove that age is just a number.
The Thursday morning ladies had their best season yet. There have been on average three sheets of ice played every Thursday morning. Twenty ladies bade farewell to the season with lunch at Joe’s Emporium, evidence that demonstrates the camaraderie existing amongst the ladies.
The Closing, held March 30th, had a bit of curling, a bit of skating, then a potluck supper, followed by a bit of dancing, a great way to end a fantastic season of curling.
It would be hugely negligent to not acknowledge all of the wonderful volunteers who helped make each and every event a success: to those who made and brought food, who helped set up for an event, who washed dishes, (many, many dishes), who cleaned after the event, who worked the ice , who worked the bar, and anyone who contributed in any way, a great big thank you does not seem to be enough. Without you, the volunteers, there would be no curling club.
Ship Harbour Bonspiel
The McLellan Cup comes to Wolfville, Wednesday Feb 13
A Bit of History: The McLellan Cup
This is the oldest continuously challenge trophy in North American curling. This year marks its 112th year. It was first competed for in an inter-Provincial Bonspiel between the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia clubs at Moncton in 1887. It was the gift of the Honourable D. McLellan, Provincial Secretary of N.B.,1883, and Member of the Legislative Council to 1890. Travelling along with this trophy are massive record books that document each game that has been played in the competition over the years. Included are club represented, team player names, and game scores.
The challenge takes place with 3 teams selected from interested male club members on a Wednesday afternoon. The winner then travels the next Wednesday to defend against another club. This will continue each Wednesday for the travelling club until they are unsuccessful in the defence of the cup. In this case, the host club will travel the next Wednesday. The challenge is so popular that clubs must express their intention to challenge almost a year ahead of time. When it first started 21 ends were played; then 18 ends, and now we play 14 ends. In the early years, the winning team had to keep on hosting until they lost. That was changed in the 1980's, with the winning club travelling the next Wednesday to a new host club.
A refreshment break is taken mid-afternoon. After curling the 14 ends, the host club provides a dinner. The winner is decided by a total score of all three teams. The winner then meets at the challenging club the following week based on the schedule as designed by the challenge co-ordinator. Though the competition is open to and has been challenges for by clubs from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia, it now mainly takes place in Nova Scotia. By entering the competition, curlers must be willing and available to travel and defend the challenge if they continue to win over an unknown number of successive Wednesdays anywhere in the Maritimes.
Wolfville Teams for 2019
Team #1: Brian Boutilier, Hugh Curry, Wendall Graham, Alister Thomson
Team #2: Matthew Gowland, Mike McKillop, Vern LeBlanc, Greg Williamson
Team #3: Tony Stirling, Fred Crouse, Glenn Joudrey, Peter Rice
Wolfville Keeps the Cup for six weeks
This was the most successful McLellan Cup season for Wolfville ever. Wednesday Feb 13 turned out to be a snowy day and Mayflower Club decided NOT to drive to Wolfville to play. So we won the cup by default. The next Wednesday we took the cup to the Halifax Curling Club and soundly beat them, retaining the cup for another week.
We then took the cup to Westville, where we won, and then to New Caledonia were we also won. On Wednesday March 27 we took the cup to CFB Halifax where we lost on the final shot of the third game and gave up the cup. So we had four wins and one loss, and a lot of fun. CFB Halifax were left with the task of taking the Cup to Moncton for the last match of the season.
On January 19th, Audrey Dorey organized and held her 16th Ladies’ Annual Bonspiel! And what a great day we had! When Audrey held her first FunSpiel 16 years ago, there were so few ladies signed up that she invited ladies from Glooscap to fill the teams. Now, however, there were so many ladies who signed up that a spare list had to be created! Audrey put the teams together in such a way as to meet and make new friends. Two six end games were played with a fun “get to know your” team activity in between the draws.
Lunch was then prepared and served by our wonderful volunteers. Audrey then announced the winners of this year’s Funspiel: Jane Harrington, Jane Cayford, Patricia Gallant, and Debi Sponagle.
Our Fun Day finished with Maeve Webster introducing us to some Irish Step Dancing: she put us through some steps that proved we were much better curlers than dancers! The FunSpiel could not be so fun and so successful without the fantastic volunteers who contributed their time and energy: the ice crew, the bartender, the cooks, and many others who helped. Thank you!
And a very heartfelt thank you to Audrey who does all the planning and the organizing. This curling event is, without a doubt, the season’s highlight for the Wolfville Curling Ladies!
Clean Your Boots Please
We have noted there is more dirt /sand being brought into the club from the outside. This affects the cleanliness of the floors and the increased probability of tracking dirt onto the ice surface. We are also noting black dirt marks on the ice which could be from grippers.
How can you help? Glad you asked!
By maintaining a clean ice surface it will allow the pebble to stand up longer during a game, help to reduce rocks from picking as well as provide a more appealing surface to play on. The majority of rocks that pick during a game are caused by curlers contaminating the playing surface with knee and hand marks, lint, hair (both human and pet) and even dirt carried out onto the ice surface. Curling shoes with grippers should be cleaned at least once per week using a small brush. Grippers should be inspected for wear as well as cleaned inside and out. Playing more than 1 game a week, grippers should be replaced once a season. Broom heads can also be cleaned daily with a brush and weekly with a mild soap. Just allow enough time for everything to completely dry before using them. Once the broom head is smooth or any tears in the material, it should be replaced.
Many times, the outdoors comes indoors from our pockets, hoods, collars and cuffs. Curling equipment should also be washed regularly as well as jackets and sweaters should not be made of fleece as it will shed on to the ice contaminating the playing surface. By getting into a routine of maintaining and cleaning your curling equipment not only will the ice crew thank you but it might also prevent you from missing that winning shot.
Thanks for helping to maintain the ice!
Betty Mattson, Vice Chair -WCC
2019 Curl for Cancer - Wolfville Feb 16, 2019
Christmas - New Years Schedule 2018
Commercial League maintains its schedule: December 23rd and 30th.
Ice Maintenance: December 27th.
Evening Curling resumes January 2nd;
Morning Seniors Curling, January 2nd;
Stick Curling, January 8th;
Thursday Morning Ladies, January 3rd.
Here are dates for upcoming events:
Cash Spiel, January 5th & 6th
Ladies Funspiel, January 19th
What's Happening in Wolfville
The Wolfville Curling Centre (WCC) 2018-2019 season is off to a sterling start! This season, there are 28 curling teams playing over Monday through Thursday evenings. On Friday evenings, the club plays Mixed Doubles curling, and often includes a social gathering. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings are busy with seniors mixed curling. Tuesday mornings are reserved for the stick curlers in the club, and Thursday mornings are for the ladies. On Saturdays the WCC invite the youths to come learn to curl. The commercial league rounds out the week Sunday evenings.
On November 2nd & 3rd, the WCC held their second John Dorman Bonspiel which celebrated our late friend, and also raised some much needed funds for the club.
On November 11th, we had the honour and pleasure to host a group of 16 women curlers who were on a USA- Maritime Ladies Friendship tour. After Jeff Cantwell (Mayor) and Mac Maidens (club president) offered words of welcome, we shared a lunch, and then had a friendly game of curling. On December 1st and 2nd, the WCC held the U21 Men's Qualifier Bonspiel.
The WCC season is well underway, and buzzing with activity! However, new curlers, skilled or not, are always welcome! For more information, check out the website Wolfville Curling Centre, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
USA Lady Curlers Visit WCC
On November 12th, the Wolfville Curling Club had the great pleasure to host 4 US Women’s Curling teams on their Friendship Tour here in the Maritimes. Sixteen American ladies represented their respective States: Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Wisconsin*. They began their journey in PEI, then in New Brunswick, ending their tour in Nova Scotia. They will have played ten games over a 2-week period in ten different curling clubs when they finally head back to their homes on Friday the 16th.
We welcomed the ladies with a curling broom arch as they got off the bus; they then viewed the music video She’s Called Nova Scotia by Rita MacNeil. Lunch, prepared and served by our fantastic club volunteers, followed after Jeff Cantwell, (Wolfville mayor) and Mac Maiden offered warm words of welcome. We then played a friendly game of curling.
After the game, the American ladies serenaded us with songs they had composed, which were very entertaining. And they touchingly asked that they sing “O Canada” with us. We ended our time with them with all of us singing “Farewell to Nova Scotia”.
It was a great visit, enjoyed by everyone present. It could not have been as successful as it was without Audrey Dorey’s organizational skills, Betty Mattson acting as Master of Ceremonies, and without the contribution of our volunteers who prepared, served and cleaned! Thank you!
The Wolfville Curling Club can justly be proud of their role as hosts!
* Apologies if I missed some states.
John Dorman Second Annual Bonspiel a Success
The Wolfville Curling Club kicked off the 2018-19 curling season on November 2nd & 3rd with the second annual John Dorman Bonspiel. Members had quickly signed up to make a complete field of 16 teams. The battle to win the John Dorman trophy ensued in a good natured spirit of friendly rivalry. Congratulations goes out to team (Cookie) Hennigar who topped the field.
The Bonspiel ended with a delicious dinner cooked by brother, Paul Pulsifer, and sister, Bonnie Morrison. Approximately 100 players and guests enjoyed the fantastic meal.
A great big thank you goes out to all those who helped organize the Bonspiel! What a great way to have all the Wolfville curlers kick start the season!
Friday Doubles Returns to Wolfville
Friday Mixed Doubles curling begins Friday, Nov 9th. For those not familiar with the game, come learn and play this Friday, starting at 7 pm; Craig and Vern will be happy to show you how to play this ever increasing popular curling game! With only 2 players needed per team, it can be played within an hour. Another great way to meet other curling members!
First Friday Night Social
This week! Friday October 26th will be our first social. If you didn't get out onto the ice this week for a warm up, why not mosey on into the first (official) social gathering of the year. We are going to have a social Friday night at 7. Pizza and curling, $5.00 a person. Everyone welcome.
October 22-28: This week at the WCC
John Simpson would like to let everyone know that competitive curling will begin on Mon. Oct. 29 & Tues. Oct. 30. This week will be drop-in curling and sign-up. The club is open each night for people to drop in, work on their game and maybe play a pick-up game of two. This is your chance to signup for what ever nights you want to curl regularly. We need your name to put you on a list.
We have a full field for the John Dorman Memorial Bonspiel, a fundraiser for the club this November 2 and 3. The participants will complete the event with a dinner on Saturday night. There are some tickets ($25) for those who wish to attend the dinner on Saturday, but are not in the competition.
Contact Jane Cayford at email@example.com if you want to purchase tickets.
Learn to Curl
New to Town? Looking for winter activity? Want to find out about curling?
Casual drop-in info sessions - Saturday mornings Sept 8 through Oct 13, 9:30 to 12 pm
Elm street - just across the street from the Wolfville Farm Market
Sign up for the Learn to Curl sessions October 16,17,18
Clean Up Day - Saturday Oct 6 9:00 AM --- Club Member Volunteers Needed
Semi-annual Wolfville Curling Club meeting - Monday Oct 15 at 7:00 PM
John Dorman Bonspiel Nov 2,3
Little Rocks and Youth Curling 2018
Our Program will be held on Saturday Mornings 9am to 11am when ice is available.
Ages 7- 13 years
We will have a registration day on Saturday October 6th at the curling centre from 10 To 12. Please try to attend at that time or contact Violy Curry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 902 542 3615 or at email@example.com
Program will run from November to March. Specific dates and number of sessions are still being finalized as some Saturdays the ice will be booked for other events.
Fee for the complete season will be $85 per child.
Snacks are provided.
Parent/Guardian assistance is welcome.