Members from our club are hitting the road early this season by attending two events on the first weekend of October.
Stu Sells Toronto Tankard, October 5 - 8
Brian Damon and Mike Stefanik are returning to this large cash event (the purse is $45,000 Canadian) with curlers from other GNCC clubs. Joining them are Chuck Skinner, former member of the Utica Curling Club and now living in Maryland, and Scott Parmelee who curls in Rochester.
The Stu Sells Toronto Tankard is part of the Ontario Curling Tour (OCT) and is hosted by the High Park Club in Toronto, ON. This prestigious club boasts 5 sheets of ice and is the oldest curling rink in Toronto, having just celebrated their centennial last season. The Tankard has 24 teams in the men's event including famous names like Olympic Gold Medalist Brad Gushue, reigning World Champion Glenn Howard, former World Champion Jeff Stoughton and World Ranked #1 Mike McEwen.
Team Damon is attending this event as part of their season schedule to prepare for the U.S National Mens Challenge Round to be held January 2-6, 2013 in Hibbing, MN. You can follow their progress at Tankard online. Several games will also be webcasted via the CurlingZone and TESN. Good luck guys!
Blazing Leaves Open, October 5 - 7
The Blazing Leaves Open bonspiel will be held at the Nutmeg Curling Club in Bridgeport, CT. There will be 22 teams participating for 5 events. Schenectady has 6 members attending the bonspiel this year on 2 teams.
Team Brown is skipped by Charlie Brown with vice Dion Warr, second Rich Gonyeau, and lead Scott Brennan. This new line-up is using this event as early season practice for competing in the GNCC Club National Playdowns from December 6-9 at The Country Club in Brookline, MA.
Nancy Wurth at vice and Amy Hawrylchak at second will be joining skip Elaine deRyk from the Otterburn Memorial Legion Curling Club in Quebec and lead Sian McAlpin from Broomstones to compete in Nutmeg as well.
Both teams curl their first game at 7 PM on October 5. The bonspiel roster and draw are available. Best of luck to both teams!