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Off the Broom - News from the Kincardine Curling Club

By: Anne Burton
November 15, 2017

Another season of curling is now under way and  it has been a busy few weeks.
Two teams of ladies travelled to the Martini Spiel in Mississauga, Nov. 4. Laura Haight and Tammy Thompson paired up with friends, Debra Nunnaro and Karri Anne Cameron. The other team included Jen Lawrie, Jen White, Erin Simmons and Carolyn Norman. They played two eight-end games - not sure how the scores ended up or if they really cared but apparently the martinis were mighty tasty.
Regular draws began Monday (Nov. 6) but only because of the hard work of some of our members to get the ice playable that evening. We might have invented a new game called mogul-curling as the weather and humidity played havoc with the ice. The games began just slightly later than usual.
Kincardine's team of Brian McDonald, Richard Emmerton, Jim Roberts, and Gene Gillespie, won one and lost one at the  Chesley Grey-Bruce senior men’s' bonspiel Nov. 8. Some real excitement was generated when an eight-ender was scored by one of the other teams on a nearby sheet. It's always great to see curlers from  the other clubs enjoying the sport, the lunches, and each other's company. These  bonspiels are usually held every Wednesday at area curling clubs. Kincardine will be hosting one in early December.

Friday night's #trycurlingnow event at the Kincardine Curling Club was a huge success! We had 34 people attend who had never curled before! The positive response was overwhelming! We gained some new members and many more expressed  interest in coming Wednesday nights for the Learn to Curl program (a.k.a. Couch to Curler in six weeks). Thanks to all the members who came out to help!

Thirty-four people came to the first event Friday night at the Kincardine Curling Club; they enjoyed a fun evening and gave curling a try; photo by Jennifer Lawrie

“Train the Trainer” is an OCC/OCA-sponsored course on the best teaching methods for curling, and was held here in Kincardine for those interested from the surrounding area. Members of our club who took the course, will be able to put their new knowledge to good use when we host our “Learn to Curl” program, where new curlers get six weeks of instruction (on/off the ice) and game experience which began this past week.
The Brokerlink Grey Bruce Major League is again under way with eight area teams participating. The Kincardine club has one  entry this year skipped by Craig Milburn. Other teams are from Owen Sound, Hanover, Chesley, Paisley, Tara, and Port Elgin.


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