2019-20 End of Season Address
April 20, 2020
As I'm writing this from our new quarantine life, it should be no surprise to anyone that the season is officially over. With that comes some closing words before we all dive into our socially distant dry land training!
A big thank you to our longtime sponsor, McNally Construction, for continuing to support our league year after year. Thanks as well to Rob and his ice-making team for continuing to make great ice and stepping up to support all the new draw times we've had this season! And of course, thanks to all of you for playing in the league!
State of the League
It was a great season with a record 40 teams! As a result, the standings were tight throughout the entire season (which is exactly what we want!). Unfortunately we weren't able to try out our new playoff rules, but we'll give it a shot next year!
While most people will tell you they played about 90% of their games at 9PM this season, the actual results are much better:
- 80% (32) of the teams had balanced seasons, with 10 early and 10 late game
- 10% (4) of the teams had early favoured seasons, with 11 early and 9 late games
- 10% (4) of the teams had late favoured seasons, with 9 early and 11 late games
With the season ending early, I've opted to push back our inaugural Regular Season Champions introduction until next season. So, with that being said, congratulations to Team Schellenberg
for becoming our 2019-20 Club Champions! They had a commanding season going 15-3 with 157 points and collecting two series wins along the way. Great job guys! They will also represent our club at the Travellers Club Championships in October!
And, for the second season in a row, Team Warriner have qualified to represent our club at the Travellers Club Champships as well!
So What Now?
As of right now, we're still hoping to have a proper curling send-off sometime in the summer. I'm planning to handout Series Wins and Regular Season prize money at that time. Failing that, we'll hand out all prizes at the start of next season.
In the meantime, I hope you all stay safe during this pandemic! Wash your hands, practice social distancing, Facetime (or Skype, Zoom, Facebook Message) your friends and family, learn a new hobby, or finish that project that's been sitting in your basement for years. Oh, and work from home (I guess, if you must).
Club Closure / Open League Suspended
March 13, 2020
As of March 15th, the club will be closing until April 6th due to the COVID-19 Virus. For more information about this closure, please read the letter sent out by the club.
More information as it relates to the limited time remaining in the curling season will be released soon.
In regards to the Open League specifically, the remaining games in Series 4 are cancelled. A decision about trying to squeeze in any sort of playoff series will be made once more information is available.
Obviously there are (and will continue to be) mixed opinions on what is the the "correct" level of concern / action to take in regards to the Coronavirus. I'm also certain that we'd all love to continue and finish the season uninterrupted. However, playing our part in slowing the spread of the Coronavirus to support and protect the most at risk members of our communities is bigger and more important than curling.
March 11, 2020
With news of the Coronavirus making it's way to Hamilton, I would like to encourage all Open League participants to refrain from shaking hands pre and post game in favour of fist bumps or elbow bumps or even abstaining completely if preferred.
While the public health risk associated with the Coronavirus is still low for Canada, that's not to say that we shouldn't all take some precautions to keep ourselves, our families, and our community safe during this time!
Thank you everyone for your cooperation!