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2017 Canadian Women’s STOH Pool

Hello, This year Joanne Pomalis and I have volunteered once again to run the pool for this year’s Canadian Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Some of the curling clubs are graciously helping out once again and will accept pool entries for a great cause.

We currently have Huntley CC involved, and assuming that Rideau and Ottawa clubs will be involved as well, but awaiting permission from them.

The entry fee for this year’s pool will again be $10, with half the entry fee proceeds to be donated to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.

Last year, we all together made a donation of $400 (which included some prize winners donating their winnings, thanks).

In all the STOH pools over the years, we have all donated a total of $2265 to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.

I have attached the entry form, the format is the same as last year.

Again this year, there is a pre-qualification round involving New Brunswick, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut to qualify the last team for the Scotties immediately before the round robin.  All bonus questions do NOT include games from the pre-qualification round.

The last team qualifying for the STOH will be referred to as “QFR” on the entry form.

 New this year:

– if you rather be more anonymous with your entry, you may specify an entry name, which will be used in the standings

– (introduced in last year’s Brier pool), there will be a new bonus question, asking how many hog line violations in the round robin

– (also introduced in the Brier pool) we initiating a new “celebrity” entry, where we’ll be offering a free entry to a curling celebrity, and any winnings

from that entry will also be donated to a designated charity or curling program, this year’s celebrity hasn’t been determined yet.

There will be prizes paid out to the overall leaders, plus the leader of the round robin (details will be provided in the welcome e-mail)

There will be a prize for every 12 entries (with a minimum of 4 – top 3 overall, and top round robin)

The deadline for entries will be Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 2pm ET.

Entries may be either:

  •  a. dropped off at the Rideau Curling Club or e-mailed to me at, and then make payment at the bar of the Rideau Curling Club (a signature is required with the payment at the bar)
  • b. dropped off at the Huntley Curling Club or e-mailed to Joanne Pomalis at, and then make payment at the bar of the Huntley Curling Club (a signature is required with the payment at the bar)
  • c. dropped off at the Ottawa Curling Club or e-mailed to me at, and then make payment at the bar of the Ottawa Curling Club (a signature is required with the payment at the bar)
  • d. e-mailed to me at

and make a payment via Interac e-mail transfer to (pls provide password in your e-mail)

 The pool is open for anyone to enter, and multiple entries are permitted.

 Hardcopies of the entry form are will be available later this week at the Rideau, Huntley and Ottawa Curling Clubs.

 Good Luck,

Jeff Norman – B.C.Sc.Hon
Ottawa, ON

2017 Scotties Pool Entry

OCC Parking – changes


At the end of November, we reported that our neighbour at 226 Argyle had chosen to reduce the number of spots that we can use on their lot. Now, the owner wants to reduce our access even further.

We started this relationship a few years ago with access to 10-12 spots for our evening curlers. In return, we have provided snow and garbage removal for the property, which is not an insignificant cost. The latest change would reduce our access to 4-5 spots and only for the late evening draw. The math no longer makes sense and the owner has shown no signs of being more accommodating, so we are ending the relationship.

Effective immediately, we ask that members stop parking at 226 Argyle. We also want to warn you that the owner may install a chain between the properties that would prevent access from our property onto Argyle. (A chain used to be installed every winter prior to our current negotiated arrangement.)

We do recognize that there will be some inconvenience as people get used to not being able to drive through. We appreciate your understanding, and ask members to be considerate about letting cars out of our parking lot.

Despite this limitation, the OCC has run multiple draws every evening for decades. The available parking options outside the club’s lot are what makes this possible. Please be prepared to seek alternative neighbourhood parking when our lot is full:

Commercial Parking Lot on the south side of the club lowers its rate after business hours to $3 (TBC). The meter accepts large change and credit cards and the lot is monitored.
Ottawa Police Association Parking Lot, on Catherine Street, is available, but has restrictions: Mon – Wed after 10pm; Thu – Fri after 5pm; Sat – Sun all day. The gates will be up when the lot is open (and free) to OCC members.
Street Parking is available on most surrounding streets, the closest of which are O’Connor, north of Argyle – free after 5:30pm and weekends, as well as Argyle itself – with metered times.

Curling Schedule Update, November 27

All games that were scheduled for Sunday, November 20 have been rescheduled to Sunday, November 27. This will delay the start of Round 2 by one week. An additional day will be added during the round to compensate for the postponement. The revised Round 2 schedule will posted early next week.

November 27