OCAA championships March 21 to 24 at the Peterborough Curling Club
(PETERBOROUGH) After a 20 year hiatus, the Canadian college curling championships have been resurrected in Peterborough’s backyard.
Host school Fleming College is proud to take the reins and restore a tradition of curling excellence that will take place next week, March 21 to 24, at the Peterborough Curling Club.
The event will see 16 teams from 12 schools battle for the titles of Canada’s best men’s and women’s college curling rinks.
“We have representation from three provinces at this year’s championship and we hope in the coming years to have all five conferences represented,” said Fleming Athletic co-ordinator Fred Batley in a press release.
College rinks from Ontario, Alberta and P.E.I. have committed to this year’s championships.
Teams will arrive earlier in the week, registering on March 20, allowing time to get their feet under them on the host ice before round-robin play begins March 21. Tiebreakers and the championships matches will be decided on March 24.
“We’ve been trying to put together a championship for a couple of years,” states Batley, who also sits as president of the Ontario College Athletics Association executive committee.
With the popularity and success of the sport in Canada in recent years, the national college sports association felt the time was right for bringing the championships back.
With the help of the Canadian Curling Association, the championship hopes to develop to the point of sending winners to the international university games.
As host, the Knights will be in for a challenge.
The men’s team looks to be the more likely to succeed of the two Fleming squads. Finishing third at the provincials, the men’s rink hopes its home ice will be more favourable to them than their competition.
“The guys can really compete,” says Fleming coach Steve Whitehill.
Fleming was without team third, and key team member, Jason Whitehill for the championships and still placed in the top three. Whitehill was a member of the team that represented Ontario at the Canadian junior curling championships in early February. With him back on the roster for the Canadian championships, the team could elevate its performance and place well in the final standings.
The women’s team on the other hand will have a tough road ahead of them in the championships
Having only won one match at the provincial championships last month, the lady Knights will have to take each match as it comes.
“They will be gaining experience,” states Whitehill
Championship information can be found on the www.flemingathletics.ca/ccaacurling