Written by Paul Batchelor
Thanks, primarily, to the efforts of club volunteers and staff - the AMCC hosted, yet another successful curling event last weekend (Nov 22-24). 20 men's and 12 women's teams (representing club level participants from within the Winnipeg Sport Region) took to the superb ice surface in quest of a Berth in the Club Champions Provincials.
Upon completion of the double knockout format, four women's and four men's teams were awarded Berths and will travel to Melita to compete at the Provincial level. Our very own Team Norma Purdy and Team Graham McFarlane will be representing the AMCC with a goal of capturing the Provincial crown thereby replicating Team Derrick Blanchard's 2018/19 success when they earned the opportunity to compete in the ongoing National competition.
The continuing accomplishments of AMCC teams, in a wide variety of competitions, further reinforces the well deserved reputation as the Home Of Champions.
As the winners of the final match against St. Vital CC representatives last season, AMCC curlers will once again be participating in the O'Grady Challenge. From the linked article:
In 1908 Colonel J.W. deCourey O’Grady, who was President of the Manitoba Curling Association, presented a trophy to encourage good will and promote curling matches between affiliated clubs in the Association, which at that time included clubs from North Western Ontario and parts of Saskatchewan. The official name is the O’Grady but is also affectionately known and called “The Old Buffalo”, the latter being taken from a figure of a bison standing in a defiant attitude on the trophy. This large beautiful trophy, which is still in competition today, can be seen at the Curling Hall of Fame in the Manitoba Sports Museum at the Sport for Life Centre, 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg. Colonel O’Grady also served as President in 1911.
This year's event schedule can be found here.
A list of past AMCC curlers who participated in the event may be found here - along with the following statistics:
The Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club’s first challenge was on March 1, 1975 when they played host to the St. Pierre Curling Club and won their first match by a score of 18 to 5 and became holder of the O’Grady Challenge Trophy for the first time. Since 1975 through Spring of 2019, they have played in 61 matches and have also lost 6 games and won 6 games by default. There has been a total of 150 members of the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club play in the competition to date.