Ontario Curling Association

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The Ontario Curling Association is the governing body of curling in Southern Ontario. Northern Ontario is governed by the Northern Ontario Curling Association. The OCA sends a team to represent Team Ontario at all major Canadian Championships except the Scott Tournament of Hearts. The NOCA sends a separate team to all of these events except the Hearts. At the Hearts, a unified Ontario team is sent and it is governed by the Ontario Ladies' Curling Association.

Championships[edit]

The Dominion Tankard[edit]

Main article: The Dominion Tankard

The Dominion Tankard is the provincial championship for men's curling. The winner represents Team Ontario at the Tim Hortons Brier.

Previous names:

  • British Consols: 1927?-1979
  • Labatt Tankard: 1980-1985
  • Blue Light Tankard: 1986-1996
  • Nokia Cup: 1997-2003
  • Ontario Men's Curling Championship: 2004
  • Kia Cup: 2005-2006
  • TSC Stores Tankard: 2007-2009
  • Ontario Men's Curling Championship: 2010

Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts[edit]

The Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts is the provincial championship for women's teams. Unlike the Dominion Tankard, the Hearts includes teams from both southern and northern Ontario. The winner of the Ontario Hearts goes on to play in the national championship. Because the national champion returns the previous years champion to the event, if that team is from Ontario, they cannot defend their provincial championship. The national championship has been running since 1962, but the provincial championship has existed since 1956.

Pepsi Juniors[edit]

The Pepsi Junior provincial curling championships are held annually in early January. The tournament is for curlers 20 years old and younger. A men's tournament has been held since 1950 and the women's since 1972. The winning team represents Ontario at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships.

John Shea Insurance Mixed[edit]

Year Skip Club
1960 Bayne Secord, Mrs. H. Croome, Don Campbell, Mrs. G. Fletcher Tam O'Shanter
1961 Nick Raspa, Mrs. G. Dunfield, Mrs. J. Amos, James Amos Weston
1962 Syd Smithers, Mrs. D. Babcock, G. Kersell, Mrs. M. Kersell Galt
1963 Jack McAlpine, Mrs. D. McCowan, William Carson, Mrs. William Carson Scarboro
1964 Mac White, Heather White, Ron Benn, Agnes Benn Quinte
1965 Ray Grant, Helen Jewett, Keith Jewett, Mary Grant Unionville
1966 Harvey Acton, Winnie Acton, Murray Taylor, Doris Taylor Uxbridge
1967 Earle Hushagen, Nini Mutch, Don McEwen, Wyn Hushagen Humber Highland
1968 Peter Connell, Donna Connell, Gordon Wrightsell, Isobel Munro Arnprior Granite
1969 Terry Patton, Kathryn McKinley, Herbert McKinley, Shirley Patton Brant
1970 Earle Hushagen, Wyn Hushagen, Don McEwen, Nini Mutch Humber Highland
1971 Vince Lebano, Claudia Lebano, Jack Tyrrell, Barbara Tyrrell Orillia
1972 Tom Cushing, Susan Cushing, Dave Phillips, Dee Dee Moses Terrace
1973 George Kilmer, Corrine Kilmer, Dan Munroe, Barb Munroe St. Catharines
1974 George Morrisey, Betty Houle, Larry Fisher, Eleanor White Welland
1975 Dave Reid, Pat Reid, Terry Lindsey, Martha Lindsey High Park
1976 Ted Brown, Kay O'Neill, Mike Boyd, Brenda Kuluk Cataraqui
1977 Bob Woods, Carol Thompson, Bill Schultz, Eileen Appleton Royals
1978 Bob Widdis, Yvonne Smith, Paul Carriere, Sandy Widdis Humber Highland
1979 Bob Widdis, Yvonne Smith, Paul Carriere, Sandy Widdis Humber Highland
1980 Wayne Oates, Barbara Maxwell, Brad Mitchell, Lonnie Whipple Brighton
1981 Ken Buchan, Deanna Buchan, Tom Brown, Penny Brown London
1982 Dave Van Dine, Muriel Winford, Joe Potter, Deborah Grant RCMP
1983 Rich Vesey, Linda Smith, Clayton MacKay, Mary Lynn MacKay Oshawa
1984 Peter File, Dale Carruthers, David Carruthers, Kim File Brampton
1985 Garry Lumbard, Betty Pindera, Rob Quick, Joan Harder Kingsville
1986 Dave Van Dine, Dawn Ventura, Hugh Millikin, Cynthia Wiggins RCMP
1987 Scott McPherson, Cheryl McPherson, Stu Garner, Kristin Holman Bayview
1988 Brian DeRooy, Bev Dekoning, Peter Dekoning, Eileen DeRooy Chatham Granite
1989 Mike Harris, Lynette Greenwood, Drew Macklin, Judy Macklin Tam Heather
1990 Bob Turcotte, Kristin Turcotte, Dick Howson, Andrea Lawes Annandale
1991 Layne Noble, Grace Frey, Mike Johansen, Audrey Frey Rideau
1992 Bob Turcotte, Kristin Turcotte, Dick Howson, Mary Bowman Oshawa
1993 Dave Merklinger, Janet Merklinger, Bob Hanna, Valerie Hanna Granite (Ottawa West)
1994 Bob Ingram, Paulina Rumfeldt, Rob Rumfeldt, Janice Ingram Ridgetown
1995 Jim Marshall, Betty Kirouac, Paul MacDonald, Wendy Marshall Trenton
1996 Rich Moffatt, Theresa Breen, Peter Woodcox, Denise Allan Rideau
1997 Jim Hunker, Cathy Piccinin, Morgan Currie, Janice Remai Rideau
1998 Dean Wadland, Cheryl McPherson, Paul Wadland, Marian Arai Bayview
1999 Bob Turcotte, Kristin Turcotte, Roy Weigand, Andrea Lawes Scarboro
2000 Dale Kelly, Julie Kelly, Shawn Hartle, Becky Philpott Forest
2001 Howard Rajala, Darcie Simpson, Chris Fulton, Linda Fulton Rideau
2002 Wayne Tuck, Jr., Kim Veale, Jake Higgs, Sara Gatchell Ilderton
2003 Nick Rizzo, Jo-Ann Rizzo, Gareth Parry, Vicki Advent Brant
2004 Heath McCormick, Denna Schell, Jason Young, Julie Colquhoun Cannington
2005 Phil Daniel, Kerry Lackie, Spencer Townley, Kim Ambrose Sun Parlour
2006 John Epping, Julie Reddick, Scott Foster, Leigh Armstrong Oakville
2007 John Epping, Julie Reddick, Scott Foster, Leigh Armstrong Oakville
2008 Bob Turcotte, Kristin Turcotte, Roy Weigand, Andrea Lawes Scarboro
2009 Wayne Tuck, Jr., Kim Tuck, Jake Higgs, Sara Gatchell Brantford
2010 Mark Bice, Leslie Bishop, Codey Maus, Courtney Davies Sarnia
2011 Chris Gardner, Erin Morrissey, Brad Kidd, Kim Brown Arnprior
2012 Mark Homan, Rachel Homan, Brian Fleischhaker, Alison Kreviazuk Rideau
2013 Cory Heggestad, Heather Graham, Greg Balsdon, Amy MacKay Orillia
2014 Cory Heggestad, Heather Graham, Greg Balsdon, Amy Balsdon Orillia

Seniors[edit]

The Ontario Senior Championship is for curlers over 50. The winner represents Ontario at the Canadian Senior Curling Championships.

Year Men's champion skip Women's champion skip
1965 Alf Phillips, Sr.
1966 Jim Johnston
1967 Carl Asmussen
1968 Andy Grant
1969 Alf Phillips, Sr.
1970 Alf Phillips, Sr.
1971 Gord Wallace
1972 Stewart Brown
1973 Ed Rhodes Fern Irwin
1974 Bill Riley Joyce Black
1975 Bill Wagner Shirley Pilson
1976 Jake Edwards Lois Lawrie
1977 Jake Edwards Shirley Keely
1978 Bill Wagner Jo Wallace
1979 Bill Lewis Jean Beardsley
1980 Mac White Mary Ritchie
1981 Mac White Barbara Baker
1982 Mac White Shirley Pilson
1983 Jack Bryans Betty Sim
1984 Earle Hushagen Wyn Hushagen
1985 Steve Kot June Shaw
1986 Earle Hushagen Sirkka Tyynela
1987 Mac White Jean Basset
1988 Howie Montone Phyllis Nielson
1989 Jim Sharples Ellie Kompch
1990 Bill Dickie Jill Greenwood
1991 Bob Denney Jean Beardsley
1992 Jim Sharples Lorraine Coughlin
1993 Ken Buchan Jill Greenwood
1994 Jim Sharples Jill Greenwood
1995 Bill Dickie Ellie Kompch
1996 Bob Turcotte Jill Greenwood
1997 Bob Turcotte Jill Greenwood
1998 Jim Sharples Jill Greenwood
1999 Jim Sharples Pat Reid
2000 Bob Turcotte Diane Harris
2001 Axel Larsen Anne Dunn
2002 Bob Fedosa Anne Dunn
2003 Don Glinz Joyce Potter
2004 Bob Turcotte Anne Dunn
2005 Frank Gowan Joyce Potter
2006 Bruce Delaney Anne Dunn
2007 Bob Turcotte Jan Carwardine
2008 Bruce Delaney Ann Pearson
2009 Bruce Delaney Cheryl McBain
2010 Gareth Parry Dale Curtis
2011 Guy Racette Joyce Potter
2012 Brian Lewis Nancy Harrison
2013 Howard Rajala Judy Oryniak
2014 Peter Mellor Marilyn Bodogh

Bantams[edit]

The Ontario Bantam Championship is for curlers under 16.

Champion skips:

Year Boy's Girl's
1998 Sebastian Robillard Jordan Davies
1999 John Epping Julie Reddick
2000 Jeff Thomas Lee Merklinger
2001 Mark Bice Stephanie Gray
2002 Andrew Nixon Hollie Nicol
2003 Rob Bushfield Rachel Homan
2004 Shane Latimer Rachel Homan
2005 Ben Willemse Rachel Homan
2006 Matt Mapletoft Rachel Homan
2007 Neil Sinclair Stephanie Brown
2008 Mike Flemming Sara Westman
2009 Pedro Malvar Jamie Sinclair
2010 Jack Lindsay Kendall Haymes
2011 Jason Camm Lauren Horton
2012 Doug Kee Chelsea Brandwood
2013 Matthew Hall Jestyn Murphy
2014 Jeff Wanless Kayla MacMillan

Best Western Intermediates[edit]

The Ontario Intermediate Championship is for curlers over 40.

Champion skips (since 1993):

Year Men's Women's
1993 Bob Turcotte Pat Reid
1994 Bob Gurd Gloria Campbell
1995 Bob Hanna Anne Dunn
1996 Don Glinz Jill Greenwood
1997 Gary Smith Gloria Campbell
1998 Layne Noble Anne Dunn
1999 Bob Ingram Joyce Potter
2000 Jim Lyle Gloria Campbell
2001 John Collins Joyce Potter
2002 Jim Lyle Stacey Brandwood
2003 Jim Lyle Suzanne Boudreault
2004 Jim Lyle Stacey Brandwood
2005 Greg Timbers Kerry Lackie
2006 Bill Duck Stacey Brandwood
2007 J. P. Lachance Carol Jackson
2008 Rick Thurston Stacey Brandwood
2009 Guy Racette Carol Jackson
2010 Al Hutchinson Carol Jackson
2011 Ian Robertson Cheryl McBain
2012 Bob Armstrong Karen Shepley O'Hearn
2013 Al Hutchinson Ann Pearson
2014 John Young, Jr. Beth Gregg

Masters[edit]

The Ontario Masters Championship is for curlers over 60. The winner represents Ontario at the Canadian Masters Curling Championships.

(winners since 1993)

Year Men's Women's
1993 Earle Hushagen (Peterborough) Elizabeth Love (Burlington)
1994 Earle Hushagen (Peterborough) Mae Midgley (Simcoe)
1995 Ken Scovell (Orangeville) Betty MacMillan (Westmount)
1996 Joe Moroz (Highland) Dorrie Fiegehen (Elmvale)
1997 Rod Matheson (Ottawa) Mary Lou Dickinson (London)
1998 Barry Goring (Bayview) Merle Williams (Avonlea)
1999 Bill Bennett (Bradford) Rae Donovan (Navy)
2000 Jim Sharples (Royals) Ann De Ryk (Aylmer)
2001 Bill Dickie (Cornwall) Nancy B. Clark (Dixie)
2002 Bill Dickie (Cornwall) Fran Allan (Unionville)
2003 Jim Sharples (Royals) Gloria Sorley (Niagara Falls)
2004 Bob Edmondson (Oakville) Wendy Simpson (Kitchener-Waterloo Granite)
2005 Rod Matheson (Ottawa) Gloria Sorley (Niagara Falls)
2006 David Stewart (Oakville) Betty Bush (Royal Kingston)
2007 Bob Edmondson (Oakville) Cathy Keys (Glanford)
2008 Bob Edmondson (Oakville) Pam Bothwell (Guelph)
2009 Bob Edmondson (Oakville) Betty Bush (Royal Kingston)
2010 Mike Dorey (Guelph) Jane Galloway (Ilderton)
2011 Layne Noble (Ottawa) Joyce Potter (Rideau)
2012 Mike Dorey (Guelph) Joyce Potter (Rideau)
2013 Bob Turcotte (Scarboro) Joyce Potter (Rideau)
2014 Layne Noble (Rideau) Diana Favel (Rideau)

Mixed Doubles Challenge[edit]

First instituted in 2013 to send a team to the inaugural National Mixed Doubles Championship.

Year Pair Club
2013 Jaclyn Rivington & Scott McDonald Highland Country Club, London
2014 Chris Jay & Shannon Kee Highland Country Club, London

Gore Mutual Schoolboy/girl[edit]

This event is the provincial school championship, and teams represent their secondary schools rather than clubs. The boys event has been held annually since 1948.

Notable past champions

The Dominion Wheelchair Championship[edit]

This is a mixed event, featuring wheelchair curling.

Champions:

  • 2014: Mike Munro, Ilderton C.C.
  • 2013: Ken Gregory, Bradford & District C.C.
  • 2012: Mark Ideson, Ilderton C.C.
  • 2011: Chris Rees, Toronto Cricket
  • 2010: Bruce Cameron, RA Centre
  • 2009: Ken Gregory, Bradford & District C.C.
  • 2008: Chris Rees, Leaside C.C.
  • 2007: Chris Rees, Leaside C.C.
  • 2006: Chris Rees, Leaside C.C.
  • 2005: Ken Gregory, Toronto Cricket

Fairfield Marriott/Best Western Challenge[edit]

This event allows more amateur curlers to win a provincial championship. Only two members of the team are allowed to have won a zone crest in any other event except for youth events. In addition, only two members of the team can have won the provincial event before. All zone winners go straight to a 32 team provincial championship.

  • 2014 men's champion: Brian Lewis (Cataraqui Golf and County Club)
  • 2014 women's champion: Courtney de Winter (Richmond Hill Curling Club)

Notable winners:

Tim Hortons Colts/Trophy[edit]

Members of the team cannot have been to a provincial championship, or played skip or third in any of the seven previous provincial masters, seniors or intermediate championships, and cannot have previously won the Colts.

  • 2014 men's champion: Kevin Rathwell
  • 2014 women's champion: Alison Goring

Notable past winners:

Junior Mixed[edit]

Competitors must be 20 years or younger as of December 31 of the previous year.[1]

Past winners:[2]

Year Winning team
1983 Rob Brandwood
1984 Mike Attenhof
1985 Dave Simpson
1986 Wayne Middaugh
1987 Peter Corner, Susan Shepley, Drew Maclin, Karen Shepley
1988 Peter Corner, Susan Shepley, Drew Maclin, Karen Shepley
1989 Richard Hart, Janet McGhee, Collin Mitchell, Tracy Jackson
1990 Matt Hames, Jayne Flynn, Chris Harris, Leslie Allan
1991 Joe Frans, Kerri McGrath, Daniel Frans, Stacey Rayner
1992 Brad Savage, Julie Anderson, Gord Chilton, Sandy Graham
1993 Warren Fisher, Katharine Pilon, Paul Winford, Jo-Anne McArthur
1994 Tony Rowlandson, Kate McKellar, Sean Follis, Kim Shortt
1995 Steve Allen, Tammy Wall, Rick Allen, Monique Robert
1996 Greg Balsdon, Danielle St. Amand, Chris Wall, Becky Philpot
1997 Raymond Busato, Susan Hughes, Mike Lilly, Lynn Ritchie
1998 Jason Young, Denna Schell, Spencer Cooper, Amy Cooper
1999 John Morris, Jacqueline Smith, Brent Laing, Chrissy Cadorin
2000 John Epping, Julie Reddick, Jason Newland, Stephanie Leachman
2001 Sean St. Amand, Chrissy Cadorin, Dale Roach, Amy MacKay
2002 Sebastien Robillard, Julie Reddick, Kevin Flewwelling, Leigh Armstrong
2003 Chris Gardner, Lauren Mann, Gavan Jamieson, Jaimee Gardner
2004 Lee Merklinger, Peter Gillich, Breanne Merklinger, Brian Fleischhaker
2005 Marika Bakewell, Jodie Hodgson, Stephanie Carrodo, Bill Francis
2006 Mike Anderson, Laura Payne, Darren Anderson, Megan Aldridge
2007 Scott McDonald, Brit O'Neill, Andrew Clayton, Jenn Minchin
2008 Christian Tolusso, Emma Miskew, Ritchie Gillan, Stephanie Piper
2009 Mark Kean, Jaclyn Rivington, Andrew Inouye, Darrelle Johnson
2010 Andrew McGaugh, Ginger Coyle, Michael McGaugh, Frances Pritchard
2011 Robert Collins, Kaitlin Stubbs, Isaac Stubbs, Alanna Cornish
2012 Brett Lyon-Hatcher, Evie Fortier, Ben Miskew, Sydney Chasty
2013 Michael McGaugh, Kendall Haymes, Bryan Mitchell, Cassie Savage
2014[3] Ryan McCrady, Lauren Horton, Matthew Haughn, Jessica Armstrong

Bantam Mixed[edit]

  • 2014 champions: Jeff Wanless, Kaitlin Jewer, Cody McGhee, Jackie Jones

Notable past winners:

Senior Mixed[edit]

Mixed curling for curlers over 50.

  • 2013 champions: Rick Thurston, Lisa Ruttan, Ray.Lappalainen, Wendy Coulson

Dominion Regalia Silver Tankard/Women's Tankard[edit]

Charles Collins and his team from the Dundas Curling Club, were winners of this event in 1903

In this event, each club that enters has two teams, who compete against other clubs, and scores are totaled in aggregate form. Regional and zone playdowns are single-knock out rather than double. It is the oldest of the O.C.A. events, dating back to 1875. The women's event has been held since 1914.

Champion clubs since 1992:

Year Men's Women's
1992 St. Thomas CC Burlington CC
1993 Ottawa CC Avonlea CC
1994 Beach Grove G&CC Sarnia G&CC
1995 Guelph CC Burlington CC
1996 Chesley CC St. Thomas CC
1997 Ilderton CC Listowel CC
1998 Rideau CC Burlington CC
1999 Brant CC Burlington CC
2000 Richmond Hill CC Boulevard
2001 Forest CC Ayr CC
2002 Orangeville CC Ottawa CC
2003 Metcalfe CC Ilderton CC
2004 Annandale CC Ilderton CC
2005 Annandale CC Ilderton CC
2006 Milton CC Orangeville CC
2007 Metcalfe CC Bayview G&CC
2008 St. George's G&CC Ilderton CC
2009 Milton CC Orangeville CC
2010 Renfrew CC Glendale G&CC
2011 Brockville CC Uxbridge & District CC
2012 Guelph CC Bayview G&CC
2013 Rideau CC Ilderton CC
2014 Ottawa CC Uxbridge & District CC

The Dominion Curling Club Championships[edit]

Champions

Year Men's club (skip) Women's club (skip)
2009 Chatham Granite (Robert Stafford) High Park (Kelly Cochrane)
2010 Annandale CC (Chris Van Huyse) Chinguacousy CC (Susan Burnside)
2011 Richmond Hill CC (Greg Balsdon) High Park (Jodi McCutcheon)
2012 Richmond Hill CC (Jordan Keon) Quinte CC (Caroline Deans)
2013 Kitchener-Waterloo Granite (Brent Gray) Burlington CC (Michelle Fletcher)

Grand Masters[edit]

This event is for curlers over the age of 70. The event is an open event, that women and men may enter. It began in 2007.

Winners:

  • 2007: Peter Barker
  • 2008: Al Boyle
  • 2009: Garry Holmes
  • 2010: Peter Barker
  • 2011: Austin Palmer
  • 2012: Rod Matheson
  • 2013: Art Leganchuk
  • 2014: Bob Edmondson

Dominion Provincial Stick Bonspiel[edit]

In this event, curlers must use a "stick" to throw the rock. "Sticks" are usually used by disabled and elderly athletes unable to throw the rock by sliding along the ice. The event began in 2007.

Winners:

  • 2007: Del Hicke
  • 2008: Harold Peltzer
  • 2009: Harold Peltzer
  • 2010: Ed Ferguson
  • 2011: Bruce Jeffrey
  • 2012: Bruce Jeffrey
  • 2013: Carl Glatt
  • 2014: Carl Glatt

Timbits Elementary School Championship[edit]

This event is open to elementary school students of any gender. Teams represent their elementary schools. The event began in 1993.

Ontario Parasport Games[edit]

Winners:

  • 2006: Bruce Cameron (RA Centre)
  • 2008: Chris Daw (Bradford)
  • 2010: Ken Gregory (Bradford)
  • 2012: Ken Gregory (Bradford)

Ontario Winter Games[edit]

Winners:

Men's
  • 2002: Mike Anderson (Bayview)
  • 2004: Shane Latimer (Winchester)
  • 2006: Neil Sinclair (Manotick)
  • 2008: Richard Krell (St. Thomas)
  • 2010: Ben Bevan (Annandale)
  • 2012: Doug Kee (Sarnia)
  • 2014: Matthew Hall (Stroud)
Women's
  • 2002: Laura Payne (Prescott)
  • 2004: Hollie Nicol (Bayview)
  • 2006: Rachel Homan (City View)
  • 2008: Crystal Lillico (Winchester)
  • 2010: Lauren Horton (Huntley)
  • 2012: Krysta Burns (Idylwylde)
  • 2014: Megan Smith (Sudbury)
Wheelchair
  • 2012: Chris Rees (Toronto Cricket)
  • 2014: Chris Rees (Peterborough)

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Soudog's Curling History Site
  • Curlingzone.com
  • Ontario Curling Association
  • Canadian Curling Association

See also[edit]