Rainbow Rockers Curling League

Ottawa's Gay and Lesbian Friendly Curling League

Halifax Bluenose Bonspiel – Registration Open

Loose Ends Curling League is excited to announce that registration for the 10th annual Bluenose Bonspiel being held April 3-5, 2020 at the Mayflower Curling Club is now open! Teams registered by January 31 will have a chance to win back their entry fee! This bonspiel is a great way to close the curling season as it focuses on social events as much as curling, and you don’t want to miss out on our epic closing East Coast Kitchen Party!

Teams will be guaranteed 4 games, with the Bluenose Cup Champion taking home $1000.

For more information and to register, please visit www.bluenosebonspiel.ca/registration

Rock the River Cup 2020 – Registration Open

We are excited to announce that registration for The Rock the River Cup 2020 is now open and we would like to invite curlers from across the country to join us in Saskatoon March 13-15, 2020 for a rockin’ good time! This year we are proud to announce that the Rock the River Cup is presented by SGI Canada! Thanks to all of our sponsors we are able to maintain our pricing and ensure there are great prizes available at our bingo and cash prizes for top placed teams.

Until November 30, 2019 teams receive an early bird discount. Registration will close when the bonspiel is full, or February 29, 2020. Once full, a waiting list will be created.
For all you out of town teams, we’ve managed to negotiate a great rate at our host hotel to stay in the heart of downtown Saskatoon at the Sheraton Cavalier starting at $169.00 per night, and receive FREE parking at the hotel ($15 /night value).
Remember; Saskatoon is hosting the Juno Awards this weekend and the city will be hopping!

The bonspiel will be hosted at the Nutana Curling Club and there will be a free shuttle to the curling club from the host hotel during the event. Each team will be guaranteed 3 games during the spiel (2 Friday, 1 Saturday) and the top finishing teams will, of course win cash prizes! If a team is out early, you will be entered to our Wildcard event for a chance at great prizes as well!

For more information or to register please see the bonspiel page on our website: http://www.prairielilycurling.com/rocktheriverinfo/
Registration is done online and payment can be made during registration with a credit or debit card (fees apply), or you can eTransfer or mail payment if you wish to save the credit card fees.

Be sure to register early, last year the spiel filled up well before the early bird deadline. Only 32 teams will be accepted.

Thanks in advance,

The PLCL Board

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New Season … Curling Updates

Hello Rainbow Rockers,
I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of the 2019-20 season! Just a few reminders about our league as we get underway ….

    Curling Equipment:

All curlers are expected to bring their own curling equipment to their games. Rental shoes and rental brooms will NOT be available on an ongoing basis (they were available the first week only, as a courtesy from the OCC).

As a result we have created a Curling Equipment Buy/Sell area to the RRCL website where members can post curling items that they want to sell and buyers can check out items for sale. This site can be edited by all members, so please be respectful and edit only those items that you personally post. Once you log into the RRCL website, look on the right hand side bar for the “Buy/Sell” button.

The OCC club manager, Dalal, has some of the older wooden brooms to sell, and also some 10% off coupons for the pro-shop in the club. See Dalal personally for these.

Canadian Gay Curling Championship + other bonspiels:

We have 1 Ottawa team that will represent Ottawa at the Canadian Gay Curling Championship in Vancouver Jan 23-26, 2020. We can send 2 teams to represent Ottawa and would very much like to have a 2nd Ottawa team in Vancouver – the league will subsidize members who go by covering their share of the entrance fee. Please talk to Steve by November 1st if you are interested.

You can also see other LGBT bonspiels in Canada at: https://gaycurl.ca/CanadianLGBTBonspiels.html
The Edmonton Icebreaker Bonspiel registration recently opened, and there is also a local bonspiel at the Rideau Club, The Rideau Mens Spiel, Jan 24-26.

Next Game: Saturday Oct 19th

Due to our expansion, we need to fit more games into the schedule. This means all teams play on Saturday October 19th (2/4/6/8pm). Again, please bring your own equipment to play …. rental equipment is no longer available.

As a result of the added draw on Saturday, we will not be running a Euchre/Rumoli tournament. Instead there will be board games setup on tables in the club lounge after the 6pm & 8pm draws so that members and friends can play games in smaller teams as they wish. The kitchen will be open from 4:30pm to 8:30pm on Saturday.

As a side note, Jeremy, our Promotions Coordinator is often looking for assistance with the 50/50 after each draw … please let him know if you can help out occasionally.

Good Curling !
Steve H.
President, Rainbow Rockers Curling League

Upcoming Curling Season – Important details.

THURSDAY SEPT 12th – Rainbow Rockers MEET & GREET

We know it is still summer, but …. you can gear up for the 2019-2020 curling season at the annual Rainbow Rockers Meet and Greet. Complete your registration, pick up the season calendar, check out team rosters, sign up for clinics and the opening day pizza party (see details below).

Meet & Greet Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019
Time: 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Place: Beerocracy, 340 Somerset Street W.

The balance of your $210 registration fee ($160) is due on or before September 12, 2019 at 8:00 PM. Payment may be made in person by cash or cheque at the Meet & Greet. If you are unable to attend, please e-transfer your payment by the deadline to:      [email protected]

Alternatively, please e-mail our treasurer, Chad, if you would like to arrange to mail a cheque. Make it payable to Rainbow Rockers Curling League, and mail to 226 Sherwood Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1Y 3V8 in advance of the deadline.

NOTE: We have a waiting list … if your final payment is not received by September 12th you could be replaced with someone on the waiting list. Regular league games commence on Sunday September 29th, so teams must be finalized at the Meet and Greet on September 12th.  Please make arrangements with the treasurer BEFORE September 12th if you cannot attend the Meet & Greet.

PIZZA PARTY – Sunday September 29th.
Join us on Sunday September 29, 2019 for our annual pizza party at 7pm !

Register for pizza at the Meet & Greet or by e-mailing [email protected] before September 25.  This event is free for all rainbow members and spares.

New to curling? Need to brush up? Then a Beginner or Refresher clinic is for you. Both will be held on Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The cost is $20 per person. Space is limited. Sign up at the Meet & Greet event, or email [email protected] to register before September 23.

New members are strongly encouraged to attend the beginner clinic.

REGULAR SEASON GAMES – Sunday September 29th, October 6th.
Regular season curling starts on September 29th with draws at 3pm and 5pm. The first round schedule, season calendar and updated spares listing will be posted asap in mid September. Please check the schedule to see if you play on Opening Day, Sunday September 29th. In the meantime, please familiarize yourself with the league website, review the essentials of curling etiquette and brush up on league rules at www.rainbowrockers.org.

Due to our league expansion, we will all play more games (for the same fee as last year!), but this also means we need to squeeze more draws into the schedule.  PLEASE NOTE: ALL 40 teams will play a regular season game on Sunday October 6th, and  Saturday October 19th. See the first round schedule for details.

Rainbow Rockers Curling League is Expanding!

We are pleased to announce that there has been significant interest in the Rainbow Rockers 2019-2020 curling season, which will start on September 29th, 2019. 
The result is that we will be expanding from 35 teams to 40 teams!

There are still a very limited number of curling spots left to fill the 40 teams, so we encourage interested curlers to complete their registration form and send to the membership coordinator.

Also, if you have not registered for the summer Bocce & BBQ event, happening on Thursday June 20th, please review the details on the website and register asap. We need to purchase food ahead of time and arrange the bocce teams, so PLEASE RSVP to Jeremy Cheff at [email protected] before Friday, June 14th.