Branch

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In 1852, the Montreal and Quebec City Curling Clubs sought affiliation with the Royal Caledonian Curling Club and hence the "Branch" was born. Today it is a committee of  Curling Quebec and in Ontario oversees the Governor Generals Double Team competition and the Quebec Challenge Cup.
 
The Branch Executive:
     Branch President – Jeremy MacDonald (613) 558-2751 (North Grenville Curling Club)
     Branch 1st VP –     Andrew Hatch (Lennoxville Curling Club)
     Past President –     Robert Dods (Point Claire Curling Club)
     Secretary –            Michael Strauss (Royal Montreal Curling Club)
 
Branch events include:
 
 
 
 
After extended negotiations with Curling Quebec regarding how the Caledonia Cup would be managed this coming year, the OVCA Board of Directors decided to withdraw from the Caledonia Cup for the 2012-13 season. In advising Curling Quebec, it was noted that “The Ottawa Valley Curling Association values our relationship with Curling Quebec and we hope that we can continue to foster the growth and development of curling together, for the betterment of the curlers.” Curling Quebec has responded by emailing all OVCA Club Presidents.
John Dilabio (President, OVCA) referenced the decision in his email to Club Presidents last week and the Caledonia Cup issue was part of the agenda for the 2012 Annual General Meeting. At this meeting, the situation was outlined. At the close of the discussion, a motion was approved supporting "the actions taken by the Board in discontinuing negotiations and further involvement with the Caledonia Cup until such time as Curling Quebec provides complete financial disclosure along with a commitment to a full partnership approach."
For copies of current documents, see below:
OVCA Board decision (John Dilabio email to Jean Lamere (President, Curling Quebec))
Curling Quebec email to OVCA member clubs (Marco Ferraro (Curling Quebec) response to the OVCA email)
OVCA response post AGM 2012 (Elaine Brimicombe to J. Lamere)
Background  (Note to file on negotiations)
Press coverage (Joe Pavia in the Ottawa Sun 091812) (Note: CQ wasn't invited to the AGM nor did they ask to attend)
CQ response to OVCA 09/24/12  (J. Lamere to Elaine Brimicombe)
Press coverage (Joe Pavia in the Ottawa Sun 09/26/12) (Note: CQ wasn't invited to the AGM nor did they ask to attend)
CQ letter proposing to re-open discussions (01/25/13) (J. Lamere to E. Brimicombe)
OVCA response regarding discussions (01/31/13) (E. Brimicombe to J. Lamere)
 
 Related information:

 

The Trophy, Year One

Quebec won the 2012 Caledonia Cup by a resounding 9-6 in all events. Here is the breakdown:

Colts A: ON - Peter Glover - Ottawa
Colts B: QC - Martin Bégin - Rosemère
Colts C: QC - Lindsay MacLean - Pointe Claire

Senior Men A- ON - Dave Stanley - Russell
Senior Men B- ON - David Brown - North Grenville
Senior Men C- ON - Jim Mullin - Granite

Lassie A: QC  - Camille Lapierre - Aurèle Racine
Lassie B: QC - Josée Bédard - Amos
Lassie C: QC - Diane Sullivan - Buckingham

Jubilee A: QC - Shawn Blair - Ormstown
Jubilee B: ON - Dennis Elgie - City View
Jubilee C: QC - Eric Laveau - Mont-Bruno

Lady Gilmour A: QC - Alain Deschâtelets - Buckingham
Lady Gilmour B: ON - Dave Cormier - Huntley
Lady Gilmour C: QC - Pierre Marziali - Bedford

The Caledonia Cup is a Ryder Cup style tournament for club curlers, with 15 Quebec teams playing against 15 teams from Ontario in 5 events:

  • Royal Victoria Jubilee (men)
  • Lady Gilmour (mixed)
  • Lassie (women)
  • Colts (novices 5 years experience or less)
  • Senior Men

How to enter from Ontario

Each of the 40 OVCA Ontario Clubs can submit entries for five teams to the Ontario playdowns (one for each category). Events are limited to sixteen teams each, so as soon as the entry forms are available, entries will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. Team members must belong to the same OVCA affiliated club. The entry forms will be posted once the 2012-2013 format is established.

All entries go to the OVCA Events Coordinator:

Peter Smith
27 Vermeer Way
Ottawa, Ontario K2K 2L9
Phone: 613-435-1836
ovca.eventscoordinator@hotmail.ca

 

How to enter from Quebec

Information and entry forms for the "Club Series" events leading up to the Caledonia Cup can be found on the Curling Quebec website.

Quebec Challenge Cup
Current holder of the Cup – Metcalfe Curling Club
 
Congratulation’s to the Metcalfe Curling Club for winning and retaining the Quebec Challenge Cup for the summer months.  Now that curling is back for the new season, it is time for the 2013-2014 challenges to start.  Pointe Claire will be coming to Metcalfe looking to take the cup back to the province of Quebec.  Win or lose, all players are expected to have a great time as Metcalfe is renowned for being great hosts to outside teams.
 
The Carleton Heights Curling Club will be up next to play the winner of the Metcalfe-Pointe Claire challenge.  Regardless of who wins, they will be going to a club that knows how to host a good time. 
Clubs are requested to strictly adhere to this schedule. If a Club does not wish to challenge or cannot meet the date, the challenge must pass to the next Club. Each challenger is required to notify Dave Ingham (514) 332-0368 in advance of the challenge date. At that time he will advise you as to who is the current holder, contact person, etc. For additional information, please contact Jeremy MacDonald (613) 558-2751, Royal Caledonian Branch President for 2013-2014.
Nous demandons aux clubs de respecter le calendrier des activités. Si, par hasard, un club éprouve un contretemps, on se doit de passer au club suivant. L’équipe concurrente se doit d’aviser Dave Ingham (514) 332-0368, avant la date du “Challenge”. Il vous dira quelle équipe vous devez rencontrer ainsi que la démarche à suivre. Si vous avez besoin d’informations supplémentaires, veuillez contacter Jeremy MacDonald  (613) 558-2751, le Président de la Filiale Canadienne pour la saison 2013-2014.
Challenge # Club vs Before
947 Metcalfe Pointe Claire Nov. 10, 2013
948 Pointe Claire Carleton Heights Dec, 01, 2013
949 Winner Huntington Dec. 30, 2013
950 Winner Ottawa Hunt Jan. 19, 2014
951 winner Manotick Feb. 09, 2014
952 winner Packenham Mar. 02, 2014
953 winner Sherbrooke Mar. 23, 2014
954 winner Morrisburg Apr. 20, 2014
 
Go here for the Challenge Cup listing through to 2019
Quebec Challenge Cup
Current holder of the Cup – North Grenville Curling Club
 
The 2012-2013 challenges have started for the Quebec Challenge Cup. The North Grenville Curling Club sent seven curlers to the Town of Mount Royal for the 939th challenge of the Quebec Challenge Cup, and even though they were short one player, they were able to win the cup by a seven point margin. The curlers from North Grenville said they have their work cut out for them if they want to equal the job the folks did at TMR for hosting the event.
 
North Grenville hosted Arnprior on Saturday Dec 1st for the 940th challenge of the Quebec Challenge Cup.  North Grenville was successful in defending the cup by a combined score of 21-13.  Arnprior said that although they didn’t win the cup, a good time was had by all.
 
Challenge 940 Team Photo
 
Up next, Carleton Place is scheduled to challenge North Grenville for the cup by Dec 30th. Those results will be posted once the challenge has been completed.
 
Clubs are requested to strictly adhere to this schedule. If a Club does not wish to challenge or cannot meet the date, the challenge must pass to the next Club. Each challenger is required to notify Dave Ingham (514) 332-0368 in advance of the challenge date. At that time he will advise you as to who is the current holder, contact person, etc. For additional information, please contact Jeremy MacDonald (613) 558-2751, Royal Caledonian Branch President for 2012-2013.
 
Nous demandons aux clubs de respecter le calendrier des activités. Si, par hasard, un club éprouve un contretemps, on se doit de passer au club suivant. L’équipe concurrente se doit d’aviser Dave Ingham (514) 332-0368, avant la date du “Challenge”. Il vous dira quelle équipe vous devez rencontrer ainsi que la démarche à suivre. Si vous avez besoin d’informations supplémentaires, veuillez contacter Jeremy MacDonald (613) 558-2751, le Président de la Filiale Canadienne pour la saison 2012-2013.
  
Challenge # Club vs Before
939 Town of Mount Royal North Grenville Nov. 11, 2012
940 North Grenville Arnprior Dec, 02, 2012
941 North Grenville
Carleton Place Dec. 30, 2012 (Jim Dolan's article on the game)
942 Carleton Place Deep River Jan. 20, 2013
943 winner Laval sur la Lac Feb. 10, 2013
944 winner Boucherville Mar. 03, 2013
945 winner Rosemere Mar. 24, 2013
946 winner Metcalfe Apr. 14, 2013
 
Go here for the Challenge Cup listing through to 2019
The Royal Victoria Jubilee, Senior Men, Colts and Lady Gilmour, and The Lassie
The Royal Victoria Jubilee, Senior Men, Colts and Lady Gilmour, and the new women's event, The Lassie, have been played
as part of the Caledonia Cup SeriesThe Royal Victoria Jubilee, Senior Men, Colts, Lady Gilmour, and Lassie  playdowns in District 2 will not be played this year.  For information regarding these events in Quebec please refer to the Curling Quebec website.
 
Governor Generals Double Rink Championship 
Entry deadline for the 2014 Governor Generals Double Rink Championship is Monday December 9, 2013.
Ontario Finals will be held at the Navan Curling Club on December 14 and 15, 2013
The 2014 Finals will be held at the Granite Curling Club on Saturday February 15th at 1:00 PM.
Entry fee for the Governor Generals Double Rink Championship is $200 per club.
Please email entries to Jeremy MacDonald with your Club and the list of players for both teams. Complete team list is not required.
Contact Branch President Jeremy MacDonald(613) 558-2751 for further information.
 
Gordon Medal Competition
Canada vs USA - to be played in Albany & Schenectady CC, March 13-15, 2014
Contact Branch President Jeremy MacDonald(613) 558-2751 for further information.
  • The Royal Victoria Jubilee, Senior Men, Colts and Lady Gilmour, and The Lassie
The Royal Victoria Jubilee, Senior Men, Colts and Lady Gilmour, and the new women's event, The Lassie, have been played
as part of the Caledonia Cup SeriesThe Royal Victoria Jubilee, Senior Men, Colts, Lady Gilmour, and Lassie  playdowns in District 2 will not be played
this year.  For information regarding these events in Quebec please refer to the Curling Quebec website.
 
  • Governor Generals Double Rink Championship
The Ontario competition was held December 22, 2012 at the Navan Curling Club. The Ontario vs Quebec Final was held February 9, 2013, where the Governor General Double Rink Championship was won by the Ormstown Curling Club over the Navan Curling Club. The Championship was played at the Prescott Curling Club. The members from the winning club were from team one skip Simon Rember, third Jeff Rember, second Scott McClintock, lead Patrick MacDougall, and team two skip Shawn Blair, third Shane McRae, second Taylor Lamb, and lead Tyler Waller.
On hand to present the awards were Lieutenant Colonel Sylvie Beaudry representing Governor General David Johnston and Jeremy MacDonald, President of the Canadian Branch of the Royal Caledonia Curling Club. Also in attendance for the awards and banquet were Gerry Tomalty, President of the Governor Generals Curling Club, Andrew Hatch, Vice President of the Canadian Branch of the Royal Caledonia Curling Club, and several members of the Governor Generals Curling Club from both Quebec and Ontario.
The final combined score was 15 to– 11 for Ormstown, and it came down to the final shot in the tenth end to decide the champion.  
For more information, contact: Jeremy MacDonald(613) 558-2751 Branch President.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Gordon Medal Competition
Canada vs USA - to be played in Montreal
March 14-16, 2013
Contact: Jeremy MacDonald, (613) 558-2751 Branch President
coltsThe OVCA Colts League came to a conclusion with the Tournament of Champions on March 29th at the Huntley Curling Club. 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 and the top six moving on to the Tournament of Champions. Five very competitive draws were played at the Tournament of Champions and four of the five came down to skip stones in the last end, including the finals that saw Team Robb from Huntley C.C. defeat Team Chamberlain from the Royal Canadian Navy Curling Club. Team Robb (Mike Robb - Skip, Blake Sinclair - Vice, Jeff Tindall - Second, Mark St-John - Lead) won the Peter Smith trophy for finishing in 1st during regular season play and the Carter Cup for winning the Tournament of Champions. The 2014-2015 season is shaping up nicely with a potential five regular season events in the works plus the Tournament of Champions. Information regarding the League can be found here.
Colts2013You're no longer a rookie and you're looking for curling experience?
Take a look at the Colts - a network of tournaments reserved for curlers with less than 5 years
of curling experience - for more information, go to here or contact Denis Carter.
 
 
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