The AMCC was extremely pleased to serve as the host venue for Team Canada's final training camp as they prepare for their impending participation in the World Wheelchair Curling Championships scheduled for early February in Finland. The camp, which ran from 23-25 January, featured team training sessions, exhibition matches against some junior curling teams and games including wheelchair members of the AMCC. Team personnel, including our very own Dennis Thiessen and supporting staff, were extremely complimentary of the ice conditions, food service, hospitality and accessibility inherent with our great facility. These positive attributes, combined with our Central Canada location, may result in future commitments from Team Canada wheelchair curling teams. The enthusiastic Youth Curling Program gained an awareness of the athletic prowess which can be achieved in spite of disabilities and were thrilled by the opportunity to pose for a photo with Team Canada.
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The AMCC is extremely proud to host the sendoff party for Team Peterson as they travel to Nationals! The Peterson four, consisting of Beth Peterson, Robyn Njegovan, Melissa Gordon and Breanne Yozenko, along with Coach Jack Gordon will represent Manitoba at the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Championship taking place January 24 - February 1 in Corner Brook, NL.
The sendoff party will take place on Friday, January 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are $10, there will be food, cash bar, music, 50/50 draw and silent auction.
Good luck at Nationals, ladies!
AMCC Monday, Tuesday & Thursday Men's Leagues presented $361.65 to the Christmas Cheer Board on January 2, 2015. The funds were proceeds of the 50/50 draws during the month of December. Jim Bender from the Winnipeg Sun accepted a cheque on behalf of the Christmas Cheer Board from Cindy Boroskae and Al Seredynski. Thank you to all who participated in this worthwhile cause and many thanks to Cindy and her crew for handling the draw each week.
Happy New Year to all,
The Wilkinson Team
The Manitoba Stick Curling Association will be hosting their first “clinic”!
Friday, January 9th 2015 - 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
St. Vital Curling Club - Corner of St. Anne’s Road and Fermor
Everyone is welcome - Free of Charge
Sign up either by calling Rae at (204)793-1407
The Home of Champion(ships) was a very busy place 12-14 Dec 2014 as our great facility hosted the Manitoba Curling Tour Championships featuring 16 top Mens and 12 top Womens teams, from across the Province, competing for cash prizes and berths in the Provincial Safeway and Scotties Championships being held in Brandon and Winkler respectively. Following some great curling and fierce competition the Men's Championship was awarded to the Bohn team, Associate Members of the AMCC. AMCC club mates, Michelle Montford and Barb Spencer, battled for the Women's Championship with Michelle's team emerging victorious. Both teams had already earned their Provincial Berths in earlier events thereby allowing some other eligible teams the opportunity to compete at the Provincial level including AMCC's Janet Harvey.
A huge tip of the broom to George Archibald and his 50/50 gang, Matt and his hardworking ice crew for providing a very good curling surface, Cindy and the bar staff for ensuring very good bar sales and Vance's Restaurant for coping with a significant demand for food service. The efforts of other club members, for stepping into the hack as required, are testament to the AMCC's well earned reputation for having a very strong volunteer base.
Adding to the profile and logistics of this year's MCT Championship was the on site involvement of a Shaw TV crew tasked with broadcasting the final games on Shaw Channel 9. In addition the presenting sponsor, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, included a promotion whereby 3 lucky groups were given VIP treatment for either Saturday's quarter final game, Sunday's Men's or Sunday's Women's finals.
As the pace slows down somewhat, the staff and volunteers can take a wee bit of a breather in preparation for the Provincial Junior Championships 26-31 Dec 2014. Volunteers are still required for some areas and you are strongly encouraged to support the club by spectating and spreading the word in an effort to ensure great crowds.
Three Assiniboine Memorial teams are ranked in the top four teams among the 12 which have accepted invitations to compete in the Manitoba Curling Tour Women`s Championship presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. The event will be hosted by their home club, Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club, Dec. 12-14.
Top ranked is Barb Spencer and her team who have earned the #1 seed in the championship as the MCT’s season long rankings leader, Kristy McDonald and her Granite team will be playing in the Canadian Open in Yorkton, SK that weekend.
The rest of the top five seeds are Michelle Montford-Assiniboine Memorial (#2), Colleen Kilgallen-Roland (#3), Janet Harvey-Assiniboine Memorial (#4) & Kim Link-East St. Paul (#5). Harvey and Link were tied for the fourth ranked position and Harvey defeated Link in a Sunday evening playoff for the fourth seed position.
Montford, Spencer, Kilgallen, and Harvey have first round byes in the 12-team triple knock out championship. They will play their first games Friday, December 12 at 3:00PM at Assiniboine Memorial against first game winners from the noon draw.
On the noon draw, the game match-ups are:
#5: Kim Link-East St Paul vs #12: Kristy Watling-East St Paul
#6: Keri Einarson-East St Paul vs #11:Rachel Burtnyk-Assiniboine Memorial
#7: Joelle Brown-Assiniboine Memorial vs #10 Terry Ursel-Lansdowne
#8: Darcy Robertson-Fort Rouge vs #9: Jennifer ClarkRouire-Carman
The Women’s and Men’s Championships will feature five draws Friday (9am, noon, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm); four draws Saturday (9am, 12:15pm, 3:30pm, 7:30pm); and three draws Sunday (9:30am, 1pm-Men’s final, 4:30pm-Women’s final)
Admission is free at Assiniboine Memorial. Both the Women’s and Men’s finals will be delay-broadcast on Shaw TV with the Women’s game to be aired at 4:30pm and the Men’s final immediately after.
It’s hard to believe that the festive season is upon us once again. I am pleased to update you on exciting events we will be hosting and reflect on the efforts of many involved with our curling club so far this season.
To start with, I would like to remind you of upcoming curling events at our club. From December 12 until December 14th we are hosting the Manitoba Curling Tour Championship. This will quickly be followed by the 2015 Provincial Junior Curling Championship 26 – 31 December 2014. I highly encourage you to pop by the club during this time to witness some great curling action. Later in the season the Club will be hosting the Provincial and National Stick Championships. Thanks in advance to the many volunteers for delivering first class events to the AMCC.
As far as the curling club itself is concerned, it is very gratifying to see that the recent additions of a dehumidifier, chiller and accessibility upgrades are all working splendidly. Many thanks go out to Eric Montford for providing the club with a new water heater in a time of need. Upcoming projects include the purchase of a new glass washer for the bar, the ongoing purchase and refinishing of chairs and tables as well as the refurbishing of our curling rocks.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank a few individuals for their hard work to date. To begin with I would like to thank Matt and his crew for providing us with excellent ice and making our club the talk of the town. I would like to thank Cindy and her staff for keeping us well hydrated before, during and after our games. If you haven’t checked out the restaurant please bring your appetites and do so. Vance and his staff are doing a great job in the kitchen providing us with an expanded menu and longer hours for your convenience. Thanks go out to Sonny Isaac; her assistants, Theresa Bouchard and Nicole Wilkinson and the many volunteers for developing the youth program to truly remarkable levels. You can tell the kids are having a blast by seeing the smiles on their faces.
I would also like to thank the members of the board. These are all volunteers dedicating their time and effort into making this a top notch curling facility. In case you haven’t had the opportunity to meet them, the current board members include: Al Serendynski, Barry Mandryk, Brian Dagg, Bruce Burton, Bruce Wilkinson, Dorothy Hollins, Elsie Rosler, Lorna Wildeman, Lorne Gregorash, Loyd Olson and Matt Rankine. You too can make a difference by joining the Board of Directors at some point in the future.
Lastly I would like to thank our hardworking club manager, Paul Batchelor, for ensuring that everything pertaining to club operations flows smoothly.
In closing I wish you all the best of the season and health and happiness in the New Year.
In an effort to help the less fortunate over the holiday season, a donation box and list of suggested food items has been placed on the lower level of the Club. The box will be in place until December 17.
Best of the season to you and yours.
Barb Spencer, Katie Spencer, Holly Spencer and Sydney Arnal very recently defeated club mate Joelle Brown in the Swan Lake Berth Spiel earning the opportunity to compete in the Provincial Scotties being hosted by Winkler. Although Barb has competed in many Provincial/National Championships this will be a fairly new to completely foreign experience for the other team members. We wish the ladies good curling in Winkler with the knowledge that the AMCC will be well represented. Michelle Montford's AMCC team had already secured a spot in the Provincial Scotties with a very real possibility that Janet Harvey and Joelle Brown will earn their way to Winkler as well. With a potential 4 teams representing the AMCC chances are pretty good that another banner will find its way to the Home Of Champions.
The AMCC was very pleased to host a Battle of the Ages challenge match as Lois Fowler and her reigning Canadian Senior Women's team competed against Rachel Burtnyk's junior squad. Lois and her team will be representing Canada at the World Senior Curling Championships in Sochi while Rachel and her more youthful team mates will continue to compete in events leading to a berth in the Provincial Junior Championships hosted by the AMCC 26-31 December 2014. Undoubtedly team Burtnyk coach, Cathy Gauthier, was suffering from a case of torn allegiance in this fairly intense practice session. It was great to see one of the true legends of the game, Kerry Burtnyk, taking in the action. Kerry was very selective in offering advice to the on ice competitors. Best of luck and great curling to both teams as they endeavor to achieve attainable goals on the World and local stage.
The AMCC will be hosting the Provincial Junior Curling Championships this Christmas from December 26 to 31.
There will be 16 Junior Mens and 16 Junior Womens teams vying for their respective championship.
Each team will play 7 round robin games for playoff seeding purposes. The top 2 and ties in each division will make the playoffs.
Volunteers ares till needed, if interested please contact:
The AMCC Board of Directors was extremely pleased to recognize the following noteworthy occurrences during the 18 Oct Board meeting:
MLA Jim Rondeau presents the Club President and Manager with a $12,000 cheque from the Community Places Program in support of the dehumidifier project. MLA Rondeau continues to be a very strong supporter of the AMCC.
Wheelchair curlers Melissa Lecuyer, Dennis Thiessen, and Mark Wherret (missing Jamie Anseeuw and coach Tom Wherret) present the club with the National Championship banner emblematic of their significant achievement at the 2014 Championship held in Quebec. We are very proud of these athletes and extremely pleased that they continue to curl out of the AMCC.
Club President Horst Wuerfel presents Rob Swan," Curling Across the Nation", with a small donation from the club in support of his quest to curl 100 games in a 100 curling clubs in an effort to raise funds for his home club in Harvey Station, New Brunswick. Thanks to Eileen Cuthbert and the Crestview Mixed League for ensuring that Rob was able to curl a game at the AMCC. Rob was truly impressed by our great facility, superb ice and wonderful hospitality.
The Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club (AMCC) will serve as host club for the Manitoba Curling Tour's Men's and Women's Championships, December 12-14, 2014.
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Congratulations to Donovan Locken, Burke Nagle, Kevin Rawluk and Will Sutton for very recently capturing the 2013/14 Men's Club Championship. This achievement will be acknowledged at the 10 May 2014 Men's League Windup. In addition Donovan, Burke, Kevin and Will have earned the honour of representing the AMCC at the 2015 Dominion Winnipeg Regional Playoffs.
Barry Mandryk and his team commence play this evening in the 2014 Dominion Provincial Championships in East St Paul. Barry and the guys would relish an opportunity to make a return trip to the Dominion Nationals next Fall. Results can be found on the Curl MB website.
A MOST UPLIFTING EXPERIENCE
Paralympian and AMCC member Dennis Thiessen arrives at the second floor following a smooth ride on the recently commissioned public lift. Dennis, and fellow wheelchair curlers Mark and Jamie, thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to socialize with other club members in the upper lounge stating how pleased they are that their Club is leading the way in providing full access to persons with disabilities and mobility issues. Dennis and the Team Canada Paralympians will be departing for Sochi in late February. A Send Off Social, recognizing Dennis' outstanding achievement, will be held in the Club rooms at 7PM, Fri, 21 Feb 2014. Tickets can be purchased at the Bar.
AMCC Member Roster
Looking to contact a member of the AMCC.
If they have registered with the website then follow the instructions below to find them:
Go to the AMCC website www.curlamcc.ca , click on Member login. In the Member’s Menu you will find a heading: Member Search, select this.
Enter the members first, last or both names and click on search.
You will see the member’s phone numbers and a tab labeled email, which if you select it, you can send them and email. No email addresses are visible but the email will be sent to the email address they registered with the website.
We need to encourage every member to register with the website so that our roster will be complete.
Have you ever wondered what is discussed at the monthly Board of Directors meetings? Now you can check it out.
Go to the 'Members' section on our website and login, then click on the tab named 'Our Club' and then click on 'Board of Directors meeting Minutes'.
We will be placing the minutes of our meetings here each month.