We've had a busy last six weeks here at the thistle with four major bonspiels or playdowns taking place. Leagues are winding down and are in or heading into to their respective playoffs so good luck to all and good curling. We will look back at a few of our major events and the successes of our Thistle teams in the past month.
NACA Men's Northern Playdowns
From January 19-22, 2017 we were proud to host the NACA Men's Northern Playdown.  The event featured some of Northern Alberta's top men's teams as they attempted to grab one of the three qualifying spots for the Alberta Men's Provincial Championships. We were treated to some great shot making and some fantastic curling.
Our Thistle entry of James Pahl, Mark Klinck, Aaron Bartling & Thomas Stroh came through and qualified in the C Event. We were all extremely proud of there efforts and accomplishment. Their entry was a bit of throwback to days gone by as they they were a just throw together team that had never curled together as team. The team continued to do our club proud as they played great at the Boston Pizza Cup and ended losing in the qualifying game for the championship event. Just a great job guys! Way to go!
The A Event went to Thomas Scoffin, Tristan Steinke, Jason Ginter, Brett Winfield & Coach Rob Krepps from the Saville Community Sports Centre. The B Event qualifier from the Ellerslie Curling Club was Glen Kennedy, Jamie King, Sean Morris & Todd Brick.

James Pahl, Mark Klinck, Aaron Bartling & Thomas Stroh
2017 Alberta Firefighters Curling Association Provincial Championships
We were right back at January 25-28, 2017 as we opened our doors and had the pleasure of hosting firefighter curlers from across the province for 2017 AB. Firefighters Provincial Championships.
It was a tremendous weekend for the club and we would like to thank our Edmonton Firefighter Curling League for their ongoing support and partnership.Once again a Thistle team came out on top with Aaron Bartling, Jim Henderson, AJ Rankel & Cory Henderson taking their provincial crown with a comeback extra end win in the final. This was the 3rd Provincial Championship in a row and 5th in the past 6 years for this foursome. 
It was quite the week for Skip Aaron Bartling at the Thistle after this victory and 6 days earlier winning a spot at the Men's Northerns. For third Jim Henderson this will be his 19th appearance at the Canadian Firefighters Curling Association national championships. The team will now travel to play in the Canadian Firefighters Curling Championships in Mississauga Ont. March 24- April 2, 2017. Great job and best of luck at the Nationals!

Dave Olsen skips his way to 2 Provincial Championships.
It was quite the week for Dave Olsen and his third Doug Roche qualifying for both the Senior Men's and Master Men's provincials. Firstly Dave and his team of Doug with 2nd Stephen Pelech and lead Grant Cook won the NACA Senior Northern B Event at The Ottewell Curling Club. They now will represent the Thistle at the AB. Senior Curling Championships in Dawson creek, BC February 15-19, 2017. 
The next week it was off to the Ellerslie Curling Club for the  NACA Master Playdown. The Master team once again took the B Event. Congrats to this team of Dave Olsen, Doug Roche, Jim Moats & Mike Allen. Provincial Masters take place February 22-26, 2017 in Olds AB.

West Jet Raffle
Get your tickets for our Thistle fundraiser. The raffle tickets are available at the lounge or in the main office. First prize is a flight for two anywhere Westjet flies. 2nd prize is $500 and 3rd prize is $300.

Club Champions Playoffs
Mixed club playoffs will take place March 13-22, 2017. The Men's club playoffs run March 20-29. The winners will represent our club at the Edmonton Area Curling Clubs Tournament of Champions hosted by the Ellerslie Curling Club April 7-13, 2017.

Full House Advertising Opportunities
Advertising Opportunities Available

We have opportunities for your company to advertise with full house advertising next season. Our club is centrally located and has over 1000 visitors per week. With our mirrors it's a unique way that your advertising will be seen from both ends of the ice.
 If you are interested and would like more details please contact our office and speak with Daryl Huff or our board of director representative in charge of website and promotion Jason Hills.

Annual Thistle Golf Tournament
The annual Thistle golf tournament is Saturday June 3, 2017 at Hunter's Green Golf Club. The cost is $100 per person which includes breakfast and steak dinner. Texas scramble shotgun start gets underway at 8:30. Register at the office or call 780.477.8142 

Club jackets and golf shirts are in and available for purchase at the main office. We have several different styles and colors in our club coats.The clothing all don our new Thistle alternative logo. Come check them out at the main office and get yours while they are hot.

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