The End of Curling Season

Today was the final day in the curling adventure for the year, and a lot of fun was had by all.

The day was setup as a mini Bonspiel, with the 8 teams lined up into a series of matches. The rules:

  • Each match is 3 Ends
  • 0.25 points for ever point scored by each team
  • 2 bonus points for the winning of the game over all

With 2 sheets, and 8 teams, the inevitable breakdown was Group A (A, B, C, D), and Groub B(E, F, G, H). After the first round, winners played winners, loosers played loosers in the same group. So everyone got to play 2 games.

The net result is the folks from Poughkeepsie represented quite nicely, taking 2nd (D), and 3rd (B – our team) over all. After all was said and done, we managed to get in 1 last 2 End game with the Poughkeepsie team, ending in a 2 – 2 tie (which was 1/4 inch off a 3 – 2 win).

I was throwing largely short all day, and I didn’t sort out why until the way home. I had actually stopped using my wrist (which many other folks were still doing to get the extra oomph). This meant my lines were quite good, but all my power was coming from my legs (as it should), but I didn’t really correct for it until the very end.

We also had the fun of dragging out both measuring apparati that the club had, one to determine if a shot was in, and one to determine which of 2 stones was closer.

It looks like Curling is the new sport of champions for all of us. With any luck we’ll all be doing it again in the fall (I’m pretty sure I’m in, we’ll see what the attrition rate of everyone else ends up being.)

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