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Community News 4th annual Collin Cureatz ’02 Memorial Shinny Tournament a success!

4th annual Collin Cureatz ’02 Memorial Shinny Tournament a success!

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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

 Over 100 alumni, past parents, current parents, students and friends of Trinity College School gathered together in the Peter Campbell Memorial Rink this past Saturday, January 21st for the fourth annual Collin Cureatz ’02 Memorial Shinny Tournament.

Eight teams registered for this year’s tournament, with many of the players’ friends, spouses and family members cheering them on from the stands or staying warm by watching from the Jocko Taylor Lounge. This event raises funds for the Collin L. Cureatz ’02 Memorial Bursary which honours the memory of this special TCS alumnus.

This year saw a fun addition to the day, which was a half-time recreational game. Faculty and staff as well as alumni, parents and friends, were invited to participate in a game for two 15-minute periods in the middle of the day, which encouraged non-skaters or rookie hockey players to join in on the action. This game was a great way to break up the day and have fun in a less competitive atmosphere. The spectators all enjoyed the show, excited to see that Headmaster Stuart Grainger laced up to play, too!

The level of hockey played in this year’s tournament was unparalleled; all eight teams gave their all every time they hit the ice. After 12 round robin games (each team playing three times), the semi-finals came down to the Poppa Bears (made up primarily of male faculty and staff members) versus the School’s current Bigside boys hockey team (who won the tournament last year), and the Newcastle Stars versus The Youngbloods. The first game saw the Bigside Boys victorious, while the second game ended with a tied score, meaning an exciting shoot-out to determine the finalists. In the end, The Youngbloods won, and they moved on to compete against the Bigside Boys.

The championship game was exciting from beginning to end, but someone had to come out on top! Team Youngbloods, captained by Graham Biggar ’04 (one of the tournament’s organizers), was ultimately triumphant, winning the Collin Cureatz ’02 Memorial Cup.

After a full (and cold!) day at the rink, the players and other guests enjoyed a reception in the Davies Student Centre, followed by a delicious dinner in Osler Hall. Before the meal, Kathy Cureatz, Collin’s mother, said a very beautiful grace. After enjoying the wonderful food, Zanna Farmer ’02 (one of the original organizers of the tournament) welcomed everyone, and thanked all those involved for organizing such a smooth-running event. Finally, Zanna introduced Nicholas “Ralphie” Boyd, one of Collin’s best friends from Newcastle, who has participated in the event every year since it began. Nicholas proudly awarded the trophy to Graham Biggar and his team, and Graham thanked everyone for such a fun day.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in this wonderful event; all of the hockey players, spectators, the property and food services departments, the hockey coaches who helped organize the TCS student teams, the event advisory committee, the advancement office and everyone else who participated and made it a success!

Click here to view more photos from the tournament.

Click here to view a video from the tournament.


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