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The Rights win Almonte’s Famous Left Right Curling Challenge

The 54th annual Almonte Left Right Curling Challenge was held on Friday, March 8, 2019 in Almonte.

2019 Rights win the Simpson Seagram’s Trophy
(l-r) Doug Caldwell, Rod Thompson, Craig Campbell, Sean Leonard,
Jamie Dalgity, Dan Logan, Jim Rath and Gerry Coleman

There was a large crowd of interested spectators as the Curling Club was holding their annual Sponsor’s Appreciation Night in the lounge at the same time.

On sheet 2, the Left’s jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after 2 ends, but the Rights came back to tie it it up at 4 after 4 ends, before going on to a 8-5 victory.

On sheet 3, the Lefts went up 5-3 after 4 ends. In the second half of the match, the Rights stormed back to go ahead 8-6 after 7 ends. The Lefts played a good last end to score 3 to win the sheet 3 match 9-8. The Rights won the combined double match competition by a 16-14 score.

2019 Lefts receive the Horse Trophies
(l-r) Art McKay, Mike Maydan, Marc Cousineau, Jack Logan, Rachel Stoddart, Paul Watters and David James. (Abs : Trevor Thompson)

Jim Rath, Trevor Thompson and Rachel Stoddart all played their inaugural game in this historic competition. Rachel becomes just the fourth female player to play in this event, joining fellow Lefties Judy Hawkins (1989), Lisa McPhail (2013,14) and Helen McIntosh (2018). Rachel at age 13, also becomes the youngest curler ever to compete in this event.

Over the 54 years of competition, there have been well over 115 different Left and Right competitors in this unique curling challenge. Many have competed for 15 years & more.

Katimavik Kids Love Curling

The Almonte Curling Club helped Kanata’s Katamavik Community Association to introduce outdoor curling at Family Winterfest.

The Almonte Curling Club and local curler Mike Cleland provided the “little rocks” for the outdoor curling venue which was set up by community volunteers.

Many local Kanata families came out to the Winterfest to participate in curling, skating, hockey and tobogganing while enjoying hot chocolate and many other assorted treats.

The outdoor curling rink generated a lot of interest from children and adults alike, as many of them tried throwing rocks and sweeping. For many, curling was the highlight of the day !

ACC Lefty Championship

The third annual Ottawa Valley Left Hander Curling Championship was held at the Almonte Curling Club on February 9.

Left handed curling teams from Ottawa and Eastern   Ontario competed for the championship trophy and cash prizes in this very unique event.

Since only about 10 % of us are left handed, it was a rare sight to see a full rink of Lefties competing for this Valley Championship.

The games were very competitive and good fellowship was enjoyed by all.

The winning team from the Arnprior & Pakenham area, Skip Russell Oatman, Paul Watters, Scott Collins and Bill Pennings received the Championship trophy from       Almonte Curling Club President Steve Conlon.

From left to right:  Paul Watters, ACC President Steve Conlon, Skip Russell Oatman, Scott Collins, Bill Pennings, Lefties Bonspiel Organizer Art McKay

The runner up team, who were the defending          champions, came from the host Almonte Curling Club – Skip Dan Nadon, Lynn Penney, Trevor Thompson and Ed Carew.  

The third place Ross Valliant team came from the    Huntley Curling Club and the fourth place team, an all female quartet came from Ottawa’s Carleton Heights Curling Club under Skip Natalie Sharp.

Plans are already underway to build upon this year’s success with expectations of perhaps doubling the field of entries to 16 teams for next year’s Lefties Championship.

Pictures of keen Lefty curlers in action at Almonte Curling Club on Feb 9.

A curler from the City View team.
The Huntley team
The Arnprior / Pakenham team
An Almonte team
Almonte Curling Club Logo

Welcome to the Ultimate Canadian Experience

Welcome to the ultimate Canadian experience, as the Almonte Curling Club kicks off the new 2018-2019 curling season. As your new President I am excited to welcome all new and returning members to another curling season. As part of the executive it is our mandate to provide a platform of encouragement for all members to be successful.

We are continuing with long established programs of Little Rocks and Junior level play, long standing Wednesday and Thursday league play and with our new growing Tuesday morning league, traditional day curling, and we continue to grow the Monday evening drop in league… if you want to throw rocks we have a league for you.

Once again we will have the comprehensive 12 week Learn to Curl Program. This program has been a tremendous success over the last two years, as it introduces new people to the wonderful game of curling. It is truly amazing to watch these new curlers progress week over week

Following what was started last year we are developing the ACC as a Friday night destination point for members and friends to drop in and curl or socialize and talk about this great game. We have set aside various dates for the fastest growing curling event of Mixed Doubles. Come out and try it… it’s fast paced, strategic and a whole lot of fun. As well as the Friday Mixed Doubles, the ACC will also have Friday dates set aside for drop in bring a friend to curl evenings. This will be a great way to introduce friends to this roaring game.

As in the past years our Safety Program will be a priority to keep our curlers safe, as in all sports curling does have risks associated with it …. this Safety Program is not intended change the way you curl it is a program of awareness, so I encourage everyone to look out for each other.

At the ACC we are still updating our lounge atmosphere which was started last year with new paint and improved coat storage, this year we plan to have new murals above the glass to add a little color as well as the addition of new tables.

We continue to use social media to let you know what is happening around the club please visit our Facebook, Twitter and Web pages for club updates, features and everything ACC

As you know, Curling Clubs across Canada run on volunteer power and without this enthusiastic group of people it is difficult to run daily operations at the ACC, so a HUGE Thank You to all the people who make things happen to enhance your curling experience. As the saying goes many hands make light work so feel free jump in, you will find it extremely rewarding.

As in previous years you have noticed we have sponsor ads in the ice and on the walls, we have two new sponsors on the score board, and advertisement in the members booklet has been revamped. These sponsors are local businesses who have been very generous in supporting our club, so please keep them in mind when you are shopping.

Have a GREAT year curling. We are the ACC!

Steve Conlon

President of the Almonte Culring Club