Let the action begin!
The 25th-annual Ontario Scott Tournament of Hearts gets underway this Sunday (Jan. 29) with a meet-and-greet at 8 p.m. at the Fort Frances Curling Club.
The first draw then goes Monday, Jan. 30 at 1:30 p.m., with opening ceremonies slated for 7 p.m.
A game to watch will occur in the second draw at 7:45 p.m. on Monday when defending champion Jenn Hanna of Ottawa goes up against Krista Scharf (Fort William Curling Club) in a re-match of last year’s final.
There will be three draws on Tuesday, Jan. 31 (at 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.), followed by two on Wednesday, Feb. 1 (at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) and the final two of the round-robin on Thursday, Feb. 2 (at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
If three tie-breakers are needed, the first will go Thursday, Feb. 2 at 9:30 p.m. (after the banquet at La Place Rendez-Vous).
Otherwise, tie-breakers (if needed) are slated for Friday, Feb. 3, followed by Page Game 3 vs. 4 and 1 vs. 2.
The semi-final is set for Saturday, Feb. 4 at 1:30 p.m., with the final going at 7:30 p.m. The awards presentation and victory party will follow that.
The full schedule can be found on at www.fortfrances.curlingclub.ca
Former world champ Marilyn Bodogh (St. Catharines Curling Club) is among the 10 rinks vying for a berth to the national playdowns coming up Feb. 25-March 5 in London, Ont.
Lorraine Lang, another former world champ, is now lead for the Scharf rink.
Also competing here next week are Nancy Wickham (Sudbury Curling Club), Chrissy Cadorin (Guelph Curling Club), Jo-Ann Rizzo (Brant Curling Club), Kathy Brown (Sutton Curling Club), Janet McGhee (Uxbridge and District Curling Club), Natalie Beauchamp (Coniston Curling Club), and Marlo Dahl (Fort William Curling Club).
Tickets are still on sale at the Fort Frances Curling Club, Sight & Sound, and Northwoods Gallery & Gifts.
Weekly passes cost $50, daily passes cost $10 (Monday-Thursday) and $15 (Friday and Saturday), and evening passes are $5 (Monday-Thursday).
“Ticket sales are going well and all front-row seats have been sold out for several months,” noted tournament chairman Tom Fry.
It’s anticipated the Fort Frances Curling Club will host roughly 400 spectators at the event.
Fry also said the organizing committee is absolutely thrilled with the number of volunteers who have come forward and the level of corporate sponsorship from the community.