By Jim Dolan
As I write this final article in the lead up to the Royal LePage OVCA Women’s Fall Classic that runs from Nov 3-6 at the North Grenville Curling Club in Kemptville, I am watching the introduction of the women’s semi-finalist teams in the World Financial Group Masters event from Okotoks, Alberta. What piques my interest is that all four teams in the semi-final – Ottawa’s Rachel Homan, Caledon, Ontario’s Allison Flaxey, Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg and Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni, have played in the Royal LePage OVCA Women’s Fall Classic.
Rachel Homan is a two time winner of the Fall Classic. Flaxey and Tirinzoni finished runners up and Hasselborg made it to the quarter-final.
It has me dig a little deeper and I discover that at least 20 of the 60 women players in the event have participated in the Fall Classic at the North Grenville Curling Club in downtown Kemptville. This is simply mind boggling to me to think that local curling fans who have attended the Fall Classic over the years have enjoyed watching some of the best curlers in the world hone their skills at an event in their own backyard.
What attracts 24 teams to come to Kemptville every year to play in the Fall Classic? I think there are five reasons. We have an enthusiastic supporter of women’s curling in local Title Sponsor – Royal LePage Team Realty. We have many other local sponsors who allow us to put on a first class event. Our club is blessed with so many dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who through their hard work allow the event to run so smoothly. Our curling facility provides teams with a unique curling experience of playing on arena ice as the building used to be home to some great local hockey teams. And finally, I believe that teams come to experience our down home hospitality that you can only find when you visit small communities like North Grenville. It makes me proud to be a member of this community.
If you want to see if the upcoming class of women’s curlers, including Erin Macaulay and Danielle Inglis, can make the Fall Classic a stepping stone to future greatnest or watch a number of veteran curling teams, including, Canadian Curling Hall of Fame member – Nova Scotia’s Marry-Anne Arsenault, Ontario’s Sherry Middaugh, Quebec’s Marie-France Larouche or Ottawa’s veteran Cheryl McBain, show the younger generation that they will have to wait till next year to hoist the Fall Classic Championship Shield, then come by the North Grenville Curling for four great days of curling beginning November 3.
Games run all day Thursday starting at 9:15 am with the final draw at 9:00 pm and Friday starting at 8:45 am with the final draw starting at 8:00 pm. On Saturday there are four draws at 9:00 am, 11:30 am, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Championship Sunday features the Quarter Finals at 9:00 am, the semi-finals at 12:30 pm and the Championship game at 3:30 pm. For a complete list of teams, draws and games visit the Fall Classic website at classic.ovca.com. Admission is $15 for an Event Pass and $10 for a Day Pass. Persons 17 and under are admitted free.