We hope you will all join in for the annual Clubspiel, taking place this year on Saturday, April 6. Our Clubspiel is an action-packed day of curling, food, drinks, and member appreciation with your fellow members as we reflect and celebrate another year of our club coming to a close. Taking place at Centre Ice on our ice and in the Community Room for broomstacking, the Clubspiel is a perfect event to get to know your fellow members and close the year out with your teammates.
As in years past, this year’s Clubspiel will feature two simultaneous curling events – our “Playdown” and our “Funspiel.” Both events are complimentary to participate in for TCCC members as a token of appreciation for your membership this year.
The Playdown is a competitive team event that will decide which four teams will be eligible to participate in the 2019 Cherry Bombspiel, the weekend-long Bonspiel we host every year. (The Cherry Bombspiel is the club’s largest event, most significant fundraiser, and an official international curling tournament featuring competitive teams from several clubs around the Great Lakes Curling Association and beyond, including Olympians such as the reigning Gold Medalist, Tyler George.)
Participation in the Playdown is open to any team aiming to qualify for the Cherry Bombspiel. All four members of the team must be TCCC members, although they are not required to have curled together in league play. The number of draws and tournament format (round-robin, bracket, etc) will be determined by how many teams compete but will be competitive in nature,with four group winners qualifying for the Cherry Bombspiel.
The four qualifying TC teams from the results of this Playdown will be placed into the current Cherry Bombspiel bracket and will be responsible for the Cherry Bombspiel registration fee of $410, (prepare teams accordingly for participation in the Playdown). If a qualifying team cannot compete in the Cherry Bombspiel for whatever reason, the next-best placed team in that Playdown bracket will have the option to play in the Bombspiel. Teams should make a good faith effort to compete in the Cherry Bombspiel with the same team members that compete in the Playdown. If a team member needs to be replaced, approval is at the discretion of the Drawmaster.
The Funspiel is the companion curling event to the Playdown, geared towards those club members who just want to curl but are not interested in qualifying for the Cherry Bombspiel. This is a great opportunity for one last set of draws with your 2018-19 team, or can be a chance to curl with other members. Members can sign up for the Funspiel individually or as a team. The format of the Funspiel will be announced closer to the event. Stay tuned!
Members who aren’t curling, as well as other spectators, (your family and fans) are welcome to join the fun in the Community Room or the bleachers for the hospitality, camaraderie, and viewing fun of both tournaments, as well as the end-of-year Members Meeting.
Food & Drink
Ask our members what makes them feel appreciated and you’ll invariably get the answer of “Free Beer!” The beer will be not only fresh, cold, and yes, complimentary- but also some of the tastiest stuff around, provided for this event by our friends at Stormcloud Brewing. Members will have a chance to toast the year that was with our region’s best Belgian-inspired and Curling-approved refreshing beverages.
The Club will also provide simple lunch and dinner service and some snacks throughout the day. Those with beverage needs other than beer and those with strict dietary restrictions may wish to plan accordingly/BYO.
Member Meeting – Dedicated Ice Update
Our Board President Cara Colburn, and Board VP of Dedicated Ice, Shawn Winter, will lead a short meeting to update our progress toward Dedicated Ice. You will not want to miss these updates, as we are expecting to deliver some very exciting information. Your club membership and enthusiastic participation in our fundraisers such as the Tyler George Auction and the Club FunRaiser have made significant progress possible toward this goal.
We’ll also be able to give more information about the Cherry Bombspiel including the volunteering positions available and spots in the Chili cookoff. We need a strong showing from our members to produce this major event each year and we hope you’ll feel inspired and energized to do your part.
In short: mark your calendars and block the day of April 6, and plan to join your fellow members at Centre Ice Arena for an amazing 2019 Clubspiel. Stay tuned to the website and club social media for updates on timing, draws, and other information.
TCCC Board VP of Operations – On behalf of the TC Curling Club Board & Operations Team