The Dominion Tankard starts in 46 days at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre (Arena).
The Tankard , as stated previously, is the Southern Ontario Provincial Men's Curling Championship which takes place from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 2014. The Host Committee is primed and ready to go. Excitement is building and ticket sales are moving along quite nicely. Some of the best curlers in the world will be in Smiths Falls for this event.
Two breaking news items: first of all Travelers Insurance has taken over Dominion, hence the name change.
And a few days ago Glenn Howard assured the organizing committee that Team Howard will be in Smiths Falls for the Tankard. That is wonderful news!! Given the Howard rink's success nationally and internationally in recent years, we are assured of at least one world class rink in the event.
The Olympic trials were held at the first of the month. Going into the trials Rachel Homan and Glenn Howard were rated the top choices by many members of the curling community. Other contenders for the men included Stoughton, Martin and Koe. It was therefore a bit of a surprise to learn that Brad Jacobs of Northern Ontario prevailed. In fact his record for the week was 8-0. Brad won the Brier last year and made the finals at the World Championships.
While Glenn Howard did not fare well in the standings, his team played well but did not catch any breaks or luck. The Jacobs rink played like champions all week. There was some spectacular curling and amazing shots according to viewers and attendees. Good luck to Brad Jacobs and Jennifer Jones in Sochi.
Ticket packages The ticket package order forms are available online at www.smithsfalls.ca, at the arena and curling clubs in the region. For information on tickets and/or to buy tickets please call 613-812-3372. Weekday draw tickets (11 round robin draws with 5 games each (approximately 2.5 hours) Monday to Friday are $15 each for general admission and are also available at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre (Arena) and at the Smiths Falls Curling & Squash Club. The draws will take place at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day. The general admission price also includes the evening musical entertainment. Merry Christmas to one and all! Slide into the Falls; Do Not Miss The Tankard.